Defensive end for Los Angeles Rams and New York Giants who personified the pro-football “iron man”
Andy Robustelli was born in Stamford, Connecticut on December 6, 1926. Over the course of his 14-year professional football career, the defensive end was touted as one of the best “iron men.”
A two-way end at Arnold College, Robustelli was a 19th round draft choice of the Los Angeles Rams in 1951. In his five years with the Rams, Robustelli impressed with his determination and he earned All-Pro status in 1953 and 1955.
In 1956, Robustelli was traded to the New York Giants, where he spent nine seasons. He was All-Pro for five years in a row – 1956 through 1960.
During his career, Robustelli played in eight NFL title games and seven Pro Bowls. He also won the Maxwell Club’s Bert Bell Award as league player of the year.
Robustelli retired after the 1964 season and was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1971. He was elected to the National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame in 1980.