Tony Sacco

An industrious and illustrious sportsman and official whose passions included baseball, basketball and football.

A memorable sports career began early and came easily for Chicago native Anthony Sacco, who lettered in football, basketball and track at St. Ignatius High School. In addition, his 99-yard touchdown run set a Catholic League Record.

At St. Ambrose University, Sacco continued playing sports and pursued a degree in chemistry. He followed his passion for sports and science to St. Louis University, where he pursued a post-graduate degree in chemical engineering and became the freshman football and basketball coach. Notably, Tony introduced SLU to the T-formation that led to a 27-0 victory over local rival Washington University.

Sacco’s enduring career as a cherished official began in 1947, as he worked both football and basketball games in the Missouri Valley Conference, Big Ten and CCIW. He then officiated for the National Football League for 18 years. For 14 of those years, Sacco worked playoff games, including championships in 1961 and 1965. He was selected as a Super Bowl official in 1971.

Sacco received a wealth of honors in recognition for his accomplishments as a sportsman and an official. He was elected to the Illinois Sports Hall of Fame in 1986, the Chicago Catholic League Hall of Fame in 1984, the St. Ambrose University Sports Hall of Fame in 1986 and the Hall of Fame of the Central Officials’ Association in 1989. He was elected to the NIASHF in 1994.

Anthony Sacco died September 14, 2002 in Chicago, Illinois.