Hall of Famer Andy Robustelli dies at 85

Andy Robustelli, a Hall of Fame defensive end best known for his play as a member of the New York Giants, has died.

The Stamford Advocate reports Robustelli passed earlier today at the age of 85.

Robustelli was a seven-time All-Pro who was selected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1971. He was named the league’s MVP in 1962 and helped lead the Giants to a title in 1956. Undersized even at that time at 6-foot, 230 pounds, Robustelli used his quickness and smarts to overmatch offensive linemen.

He was drafted in the 19th round in 1951 by the Los Angeles Rams and won a championship with them. He is the only player to have played in the first two nationally televised NFL games. When he retired, he had 22 recovered fumbles, at the time a record.

Robustelli ran a travel agency in his hometown of Stamford, Conn., after his playing days. Funeral arrangements are pending.

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