December 4 – Happy Birthday Vinnie Nicosia

Nicosia_onlineI first noticed today’s Amsterdam Birthday Celebrant when he was just a grade-schooler. His older brother “Raffie” was an outstanding lineman for the Amsterdam Rugged Ram football teams of the mid nineties and a key member of their great 1995 State Champion squad. Vinnie was a ball boy back then and I remember him being this exuberant little kid who would root like crazy from the sidelines, especially for his brother. After the halftime shows were over and before the teams returned for the second half all the ball boys would have this short window of time to get out on the field. You could tell, just from those brief, disorganized exhibitions that this kid had some serious potential on the gridiron. That turned out to be an understatement. Vinnie Nicosia developed into one of the very best all-around players in Amsterdam football history during his four-year-run as a Varsity player from 2003 to 2006. A gifted wide receiver on offense and a tough, ball-hawking safety on defense, he also…

You can read the rest of my story about this talented Amsterdam athlete in my new book “A Year’s Worth of Amsterdam Birthdays.” To order your copy, click here.

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