STAMFORD, Conn. Stamford honored one of its hometown heroes Friday night when the field at Boyle Stadium was named after Pro Football Hall of Famer Andy Robustelli. The dedication ceremony took place at halftime of the Black Knights' season-opening 43-0 rout of Harding.
Robustelli, who played for the New York Giants from 1956-64, died in May . He started his career at Stamford High, where he played football and baseball. His nine children, their spouses, grandchildren and great-grandchildren attended the ceremony.
"Stamford High has always been a special place to our family,'' said his son, Rick Robustelli. "This is the place where my mother and father met and became sweethearts. It was also where they met many people that would become their lifelong friends."
Former Stamford radio personality Len Gambino directed the ceremonies, which also included speeches from acting Stamford schools superintendent Winifred Hamilton, Stamford High principal Donna Valentine, and Jerry Pia, vice president of the Board of Education and member of the Board of Representatives. Pia proposed the name change after getting support from residents. Boyle Stadium is named after a former coach and athletic director at Stamford High. The new artificial turf was installed on the field over the summer.
Robustelli was a humble man, who never sought the limelight. He undoubtedly would have been uncomfortable with the ceremony Friday night. "I'm sure he'd be humbled with this honor,'' Rick Robustelli said. "And smiling greatly."
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