SARASOTA, Fla. – Riverview High grad Andrew Robustelli was recently named to the All-America team as a college tight end. He is just following in the footsteps, and carrying on the name, of his grandfather.
Andrew is a record-setter. He became the first receiver in Jacksonville University history to surpass 1,000 yards receiving in a season. “Everyone helped out. Everyone contributed to the season I had. Hard work just really pays off through the off-season and over the summer. It's good to see the results."
“I wasn't expecting it at all, especially first team. And for the Walter Camp Award, it’s an amazing honor because my grandfather got a lifetime achievement award back in 1988. It's incredible."
The grandfather of whom he speaks is Hall of Fame defensive end Andy Robustelli, who gained his fame as #81 for the great New York Giants teams of the 50's and 60's. "Obviously, it’s great to just be associated with him. A great man in general, and a great football player."
So not only is Andrew continuing the football excellence of the Robustelli Family, he is also carrying on the legacy of the man for whom he was named. "It’s an amazing experience and opportunity to be almost in the same category as him. Not quite there just yet."
Big Red, as he was known on Football Friday Night, cut his teeth on the playing fields of Sarasota as a Sun Devil. He took his talents to Riverview, where he was a tight end in a run-first offense. Now, in college, Robustelli was top 15 in the nation in total receiving yards, yards per game, and touchdowns.
"There is never an off-season. Even when the season is over, you have to get right back into it. Every day you take off someone is getting better than you. So, you can't take that many days off."
He definitely can't take any time off now because he still has his senior season to go at Jacksonville University.