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RIP Andy Robustelli

7. ANDY ROBUSTELLI, Defensive end, 1956-64Robustelli played with

7. ANDY ROBUSTELLI, Defensive end, 1956-64
Robustelli played with the Rams from 1951-55, but was traded to the Giants before the 1956 season. It turned out to be a huge move, because the dominating defensive lineman helped the Giants win the NFL title in his first season. By today's standards, the 6-1, 230-pound Robustelli would be a linebacker, but in his day, he made up for any lack of physical stature with a tenaciousness that earned him a trip to seven Pro Bowls. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1971. Photo Credit: AP

Former Giants defensive end Andy Robustelli, a Hall of Famer who helped the team win the NFL Championship in 1956, died this morning in his hometown of Stamford, Conn., according to the Stamford Advocate. Robustelli was 85. 

Robustelli began his career with the Rams in 1951 and won an NFL title in his rookie season. He was traded to the Giants after the 1955 season, and helped the team win the championship in his first season in New York. It would be the Giants' last NFL championship until they won Super Bowl XXI after the 1986 season. 

Robustelli was a 19th round pick of the Rams in 1951, and went on to become a seven-time Pro Bowler and six-time first-team All Pro. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1971. 


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