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A Football Family
Published: 2014/11/03
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Coughlin talks about former Giant defensive end star Andy Robustelli
Coughlin talks about former Giant defensive end star Andy Robustelli
Published: 2015/05/08
Channel: NJ.com
Andy Robustelli: Hall of Fame Football Defensive End
Andy Robustelli: Hall of Fame Football Defensive End
Published: 2017/04/07
Channel: WhoWhat
Andy Robustelli on his family expectations
Andy Robustelli on his family expectations
Published: 2015/05/10
Channel: New York Giants (FAN Channel)
Shs Dedicates Field To Andy Robustelli
Shs Dedicates Field To Andy Robustelli
Published: 2012/08/24
Channel: It's Relevant TV
[Wikipedia] Andy Robustelli
[Wikipedia] Andy Robustelli
Published: 2017/02/10
Channel: WikiTubia
Andrew Robustelli
Andrew Robustelli's Highlight Film
Published: 2010/11/24
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TOP 5 New York Giants of All-Time
TOP 5 New York Giants of All-Time
Published: 2014/06/22
Channel: schlegdaddytv
1958 The New York Giants beat the Cleveland Browns
1958 The New York Giants beat the Cleveland Browns
Published: 2016/11/01
Channel: nutty.archives
Mage Robustelli | Chill clips!
Mage Robustelli | Chill clips!
Published: 2013/04/15
Channel: Joey Carmichael
Duckpin TV 105: Doubles Duel II, part 2: Robustelli vs Labrie
Duckpin TV 105: Doubles Duel II, part 2: Robustelli vs Labrie
Published: 2014/06/01
Channel: Duckpin TV
OBM - Football Player - Andy Robustelli
OBM - Football Player - Andy Robustelli
Published: 2016/10/24
Channel: Our Best Moments
ROBUSTELLI Monna Lisa
ROBUSTELLI Monna Lisa
Published: 2015/12/11
Channel: Fratelli Robustelli
Random throws for Rocco Zuardo and Mage Robustelli
Random throws for Rocco Zuardo and Mage Robustelli
Published: 2012/07/18
Channel: Joey Carmichael
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20090325184820
Published: 2009/03/27
Channel: Jennifer West
Robustelli mementos arrive in Canton
Robustelli mementos arrive in Canton
Published: 2010/11/05
Channel: ProFootballHOF
Mage Robustelli | What Went Wrong?
Mage Robustelli | What Went Wrong?
Published: 2013/07/12
Channel: Joey Carmichael
Mage Robustelli | Couple of Clips
Mage Robustelli | Couple of Clips
Published: 2013/12/10
Channel: Rocco Zuardo
Mage Robustelli & Joe Beasinger | Throwaway
Mage Robustelli & Joe Beasinger | Throwaway
Published: 2014/07/23
Channel: Joey Carmichael
OBM - Athlete - Andy Robustelli
OBM - Athlete - Andy Robustelli
Published: 2016/08/28
Channel: Our Best Moments
How to pronounce Andy Robustelli (American English/US)  - PronounceNames.com
How to pronounce Andy Robustelli (American English/US) - PronounceNames.com
Published: 2015/01/27
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Destinie Robustelli
Destinie Robustelli
Published: 2013/04/14
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Mage Robustelli | Throwaway Clipzz
Mage Robustelli | Throwaway Clipzz
Published: 2014/02/05
Channel: Joey Carmichael
She Said
She Said
Published: 2015/10/30
Channel: Anthony Robustelli - Topic
Mage Robustelli | Recent Clips
Mage Robustelli | Recent Clips
Published: 2013/08/26
Channel: Rocco Zuardo
Aero Street   Ivan Robustelli
Aero Street Ivan Robustelli
Published: 2016/03/23
Channel: Michelle Stone
In The House   Ivan Robustelli
In The House Ivan Robustelli
Published: 2013/10/08
Channel: Michelle Stone
Rocco Zuardo and Mage Robustelli | Above the Clouds
Rocco Zuardo and Mage Robustelli | Above the Clouds
Published: 2013/09/14
Channel: Rocco Zuardo
1973-WMCA Radio Special on Yankee Stadium 50th Anniversary
1973-WMCA Radio Special on Yankee Stadium 50th Anniversary
Published: 2017/03/01
Channel: epaddon
Billy Cox on bass,Andy Aledort guitar,Danny Robinson guitar,Rich Monica drums
Billy Cox on bass,Andy Aledort guitar,Danny Robinson guitar,Rich Monica drums
Published: 2012/11/13
Channel: Gus Bardaji
ROBUSTELLI Benjamin
ROBUSTELLI Benjamin
Published: 2017/03/30
Channel: 407 Sigis
Gary Nova highlights as he tries out for the Giants
Gary Nova highlights as he tries out for the Giants
Published: 2015/05/08
Channel: NJ.com
IVAN ROBUSTELLI  StepHouse  29Nov09
IVAN ROBUSTELLI StepHouse 29Nov09
Published: 2009/12/07
Channel: BallandoSulMondoXXX
Talkin
Talkin' Vintage Sports from Nedick's at the old Garden on 48th Street 9/27/17
Published: 2017/09/27
Channel: Comfortably Zoned
Outfront chills
Outfront chills
Published: 2012/12/17
Channel: Joey Carmichael
In The House   Ivan Robustelli 2)
In The House Ivan Robustelli 2)
Published: 2013/10/08
Channel: Michelle Stone
Box # 17 - NYGiantsMuseum.com -- Library.MPG
Box # 17 - NYGiantsMuseum.com -- Library.MPG
Published: 2012/01/17
Channel: nyfgm
i Robustelli
i Robustelli
Published: 2009/05/11
Channel: Laura Bellasi
IVAN ROBUSTELLI  StepHouse   20Sett09
IVAN ROBUSTELLI StepHouse 20Sett09
Published: 2009/09/21
Channel: BallandoSulMondoXXX
The Giants haven’t always been so nice to their head coaches
The Giants haven’t always been so nice to their head coaches
Published: 2017/11/17
Channel: TM Audio Library - No Copyright Music
IVAN ROBUSTELLI  StepHouse 6Nov09
IVAN ROBUSTELLI StepHouse 6Nov09
Published: 2009/11/10
Channel: BallandoSulMondoXXX
IN MEMORIAM 2011  (Special 2)
IN MEMORIAM 2011 (Special 2)
Published: 2011/12/17
Channel: MemoryMan1964
Box # 3 - NY Giant Museum - Library.MPG
Box # 3 - NY Giant Museum - Library.MPG
Published: 2012/01/17
Channel: nyfgm
Duckpin TV 103:  Doubles Duel I, part 3: Pellett & Shaw vs  Robustelli & Danserau
Duckpin TV 103: Doubles Duel I, part 3: Pellett & Shaw vs Robustelli & Danserau
Published: 2014/05/04
Channel: Duckpin TV
JU Football Training Camp 2013 ~ Aug. 7
JU Football Training Camp 2013 ~ Aug. 7
Published: 2013/08/06
Channel: JU Athletics
Things We Said Today #167 - Author Anthony Robustelli, breaking news of death of David Bowie
Things We Said Today #167 - Author Anthony Robustelli, breaking news of death of David Bowie
Published: 2016/01/16
Channel: Things We Said Today - A Beatles radio show
Ivan Robustelli Gorle 2009-Step
Ivan Robustelli Gorle 2009-Step
Published: 2009/04/19
Channel: WlaLasagna
CLAIM - ROBUSTELLI - WILLIAMSON -  MONICA
CLAIM - ROBUSTELLI - WILLIAMSON - MONICA
Published: 2008/05/16
Channel: shadybearbklyn
Y.A. Tittle Fischer
Y.A. Tittle Fischer's Training Table Bread Commercial (NFL NY Giants) circa 1962
Published: 2016/01/25
Channel: Jeff Quitney
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20081011 andy step
Published: 2008/10/13
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Andy Robustelli
Andy Robustelli Induction.jpg
No. 81
Position: Defensive end
Personal information
Born: (1925-12-06)December 6, 1925
Stamford, Connecticut
Died: May 31, 2011(2011-05-31) (aged 85)
Stamford, Connecticut
Height: 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight: 230 lb (104 kg)
Career information
College: Arnold College, Milford, CT
NFL Draft: 1951 / Round: 19 / Pick: 228
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Interceptions: 2
Fumble recoveries: 22
Touchdowns: 2
Player stats at NFL.com
Player stats at PFR

Andrew Richard Robustelli (December 6, 1925 – May 31, 2011[1]) was an American football defensive end in the National Football League for the Los Angeles Rams and 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 and was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1971.

Early life[edit]

Robustelli was born on December 6, 1925 in Stamford, Connecticut, to Lucien Robustelli, an Italian-American and his wife Catherine Robustelli. He attended Stamford High School, where he excelled in football and baseball. At age 18, he enlisted in the United States Navy and served on the USS William C. Cole in the Pacific Theater. After the war, he attended Arnold College, in Milford, Connecticut, where he played both football and baseball. After college, he was drafted in the NFL by the Los Angeles Rams in the nineteenth round of the 1951 NFL Draft. In June, 1951, he was offered a tryout with the New York Giants baseball club. The Giants offered Robustelli a $400 contract to play with their minor league affiliate Knoxville Smokies.[2]

Football career[edit]

Player[edit]

A two-way end at Arnold College, Robustelli was selected by the Los Angeles Rams in the nineteenth round of the 1951 NFL Draft and was considered a long shot to make the team. The Rams were impressed with his determination and toughness as a defensive end and he not only made the team, he was an All-Pro in 1953 and 1955. He played for the Rams until he was traded to the New York Giants in 1956.

Robustelli spent nine seasons with the Giants, playing for six conference champions and one NFL championship team. He was a starter on the Giants defense from 1956 until his retirement after the 1964 season.

In Robustelli's first season, the Giants won the NFL championship. They won Eastern Division titles in 1958, '59, '61, '62, and '63, losing in the NFL championship game each time, in 1958 and 1959 to the Baltimore Colts, in 1961 and 1962 to the Green Bay Packers, and in 1963 to the Chicago Bears.

With the Giants, Robustelli was an All-Pro in 1956, and 1958 through 1960. He received the 1962 Bert Bell Award as best player in the NFL, one of the few defensive players to do so. He played in 174 NFL games, missing only one in his career. Over his career, he recovered 22 fumbles (the NFL record when he retired) and intercepted two passes, returning both for touchdowns.

Although small for a defensive end at 6'0" and 230 pounds, Robustelli was exceptionally smart, quick, and strong and known as a superb pass rusher.[3] Robustelli also holds the distinction of being the only football player to have played in the first two nationally televised NFL games.[4]

Administrator[edit]

Robustelli returned to the Giants when he was appointed as its director of operations on December 17, 1973. He took over responsibility for most of the Giants' football matters. Owner Wellington Mara had been making the team's football decisions himself since the death of his older brother Jack in 1965, but had finally been prevailed upon to give up some of his authority. For all intents and purposes, Robustelli was the team's first general manager.[5]

He took over a team whose 2–11–1 record the previous season was the worst in the National Football Conference (NFC).[6] The Giants had to play home games at the Yale Bowl in 1974 and Shea Stadium in 1975 before they were finally able to move into Giants Stadium in 1976.

The Giants never had a winning record during Robustelli's six years in the front office. Their best finish during that span was 6–10–0 in 1978, a season which included a 19–17 debacle to the Philadelphia Eagles on November 19 which ended with what is known to Giants fans as simply "The Fumble." Robustelli announced his resignation as director of operations in conjunction with the Giants' dismissal of head coach John McVay on December 18, 1978, one day after the regular season finale. He had decided one year prior that the 1978 season would be his last with the ballclub.[7] He was succeeded by George Young following that campaign.

Post-football career[edit]

After his retirement as an active player, Robustelli spent one year (1965) as a color analyst for NBC's coverage of the American Football League. That same year he purchased Stamford-based Westheim Travel and renamed it Robustelli Travel Services, Inc. Specializing in corporate travel management, it grew into Robustelli World Travel by the time it was sold to Hogg Robinson Group in 2006.[8]

He also founded National Professional Athletes (NPA), a sports marketing business which arranged appearances by sports celebrities at corporate functions, and International Equities, which evolved into Robustelli Merchandise Services. The latter eventually became the foundation for Robustelli Corporate Services.[8]

Death[edit]

Robustelli died on May 31, 2011 from complications following a gallbladder surgery.

Awards and honors[edit]

Robustelli is a member of both the Pro Football Hall of Fame and the National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame.[3][9] He was named Walter Camp Man of the Year in 1988.

Personal life[edit]

His grandson, Andrew Robustelli, played college football at Jacksonville University, attended rookie minicamp with the New York Giants in 2015 and also played for the Jacksonville Sharks of the Arena Football League in 2016.[10][11][12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Richard Goldstein (May 31, 2011). "Andy Robustelli, Giants' Hall of Fame Defensive End, Dies at 85". The New York Times. 
  2. ^ Giants Among Men, Jack Cavanaugh, p.7, 2008, Random House, ISBN 978-1-4000-6717-6
  3. ^ a b "Pro Football Hall of Fame Bio". Pro Football Hall of Fame. Archived from the original on 11 December 2007. Retrieved 2008-01-08. 
  4. ^ Giants Among Men, Jack Cavanaugh, p.113, 2008, Random House, ISBN 978-1-4000-6717-6
  5. ^ Anderson, Dave. "Robustelli Named Giants' Director of Operations," The New York Times, Tuesday, December 18, 1973.
  6. ^ 1973 NFL Standings, Team & Offensive Statistics – Pro-Football-Reference.com.
  7. ^ Myers, Gary. "Giants Ax McVay; Robustelli Resigns," The Associated Press, Tuesday, December 19, 1978.
  8. ^ a b About Us – Robustelli Corporate Services.
  9. ^ "National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame Bio". National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame. 2004. Archived from the original on 2007-09-28. Retrieved 2008-01-08. 
  10. ^ Pennington, Bill (May 9, 2015). "Rookie Andrew Robustelli Brings Familiar Name to Giants". nytimes.com. Retrieved October 15, 2016. 
  11. ^ "Andrew Robustelli". arenafan.com. Retrieved October 15, 2016. 
  12. ^ Graziano, Dan (May 8, 2015). "Andrew (not Andy) Robustelli is in Giants rookie camp". espn.com/. Retrieved October 15, 2016. 

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