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Gino Auriemma

Luigi “Geno” Auriemma (born March 23, 1954) is an Italian-born American. Auriemma emigrated with his family from Montella in Southern Italy to Norristown, Pennsylvania when he was seven years old, and he spent the rest of his childhood there. He did not speak English when his family emigrated and he was tutored in 2nd grade at St. Francis of Assisi by a classmate named John. He is a college basketball coach and the head coach of the University of Connecticut Huskies women’s basketball team. He has led UConn to eleven… Continue Reading…

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Yogi Berra

Lawrence Peter “Yogi” Berra (born May 12, 1925) to Italian Immigrants, Yogi Berra is truly an Italian American Hero! A former Major League Baseball Catcher, Coach and Manager. He played almost his entire 19-year baseball career (1946–1965) for the New York Yankees. He played in 4 games for the New York Mets as a player Coach. Berra is one of only four players to be named the Most Valuable Player of the American League 3 times and is one of seven managers to lead both American and National League teams… Continue Reading…

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Diana Taurasi

Diana Taurasi Speaks at A Celebration of Life for Kobe and Gianna Bryant https://youtu.be/8UdA5vsj94M     Like a light switch, when that first whistle blows, the modest, kind-hearted kid from Chino, CA becomes the “White Mamba” (a label appropriately given to her by the “Black Mamba” himself, Kobe Bryant). But unlike Dr. Jekyll’s intrinsic Mr. Hyde, Taurasi’s transformational potion is the game of basketball itself. That, in essence, defines Diana Taurasi, regardless of what you call her (the White Mamba, DT, Dee, G.O.A.T., etc.). She’s a dichotomy that exists in… Continue Reading…

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Joe Montana

Joe Montana was born on June 11, 1956, to Joseph Clifford Montana, Sr. and Theresa Marie Bavuso Montana in New Eagle, Pennsylvania, located in the western portion of the state. He grew up in the city of Monongahela, a coal mining town 25 miles south of Pittsburgh. His maternal grandparents, were both Italian immigrants. He was nicknamed Joe Cool, Golden Joe, and Comeback Joe, played quarterback with the San Francisco 49ers and Kansas City Chiefs. He started his NFL career in 1979 with 49er’s, where he played 14 seasons, he spent his final… Continue Reading…

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Willie Pep

Boxer Willie Pep was born Gugliermo Papaleo on September 9, 1922 in Middletown, Connecticut. Dropping out of high school at age 16 to box, Pep was quick in the ring and hard to pin down, He earned the nickname “Will o’ the Wisp”.  As an amateur, Pep won two Connecticut state championships – as a flyweight in 1938 and a bantamweight in 1939 – before turning professional. From the start, Pep enjoyed the lengthy and admirable continuous winning streaks that would mark his entire career.  Willie won 53 consecutive fights… Continue Reading…

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Andy Robustelli

Andrew Robustelli was born on December 6, 1925, in Stamford, Connecticut, to Lucien Robustelli, an Italian-American and his wife Catherine Robustelli. Robustelli was a defensive end in the National Football League for the Los Angeles Rams and the New York Giants. He played 5 years for the Rams, and 9 years with the New York Giants.He played college football at Arnold College and was drafted in the nineteenth round of the 1951 NFL Draft. Robustelli was a six-time First-team All-pro selection. He  was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in… Continue Reading…

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List of Italian American football players

Included are college, and professional, players, coaches, owners, and other contributors to the sport. Shown here are some of the most popular. For a complete list as of 2019 click here. As of the creation of this webpage there are 230 names. Source wikipedia. Click to view a NFL List on the Order Sons and Daughters of Italy Blog!Click here for a list from Italiansrus.com   Lyle Alzado (1949–1992) Alan Ameche (1933–1988) Mark Bavaro (born 1963) Gary Beban (born 1946) Stephen Bisciotti (born 1960), NFL owner, Baltimore Ravens Doug Buffone… Continue Reading…

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Joe DiMaggio

Born as Giuseppe Paolo DiMaggio in Martinez, California on November 25, 1914, Joe DiMaggio was the fourth son, and eighth child of nine children born to Sicilian immigrants Guiseppe and Rosalie DiMaggio. The couple had traveled to America in 1898, leaving behind the community of Isola delle Femmine off the coast of Sicily and the waters where the DiMaggios had been fishermen for generations. DiMaggio’s father, Guiseppe, brought his family from Italy to the Martinez fishing community and then later, when Joe was one-year-old, to the Italian neighborhood North Beach… Continue Reading…

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