ANDY ROBUSTELLI

ANDY ROBUSTELLI

Class of 1971
Defensive End >>> 6-1, 230
(Arnold College)
1951-1955 Los Angeles Rams, 1956-1964 New York Giants

Andrew Richard Robustelli ... Rams' 19th-round draft pick, 1951 ... On winning team 13 of 14 years ... In eight NFL title games, seven Pro Bowls ... All-NFL seven years, two with Rams, five with Giants ... Named NFL's top player by Maxwell Club, 1962 ... Exceptionally smart, quick, strong ... Superb pass rusher ... Recovered 22 opponents' fumbles in career . . . Missed only one game in 14 years ... Born December 6, 1925, in Stamford, Connecticut ... Died May 31, 2011, at age of 85.

The Los Angeles Rams drafted Andy Robustelli, an end from tiny Arnold College, in the nineteenth round of the 1951 National Football League Draft. A long shot to make the team as an offensive end since the Rams already had such stars as Tom Fears and Elroy “Crazylegs” Hirsch, Robustelli responded in the only way he knew how – to go all out to make good at what was available to him, the defensive unit.

History will record that Andy became one of the finest defensive ends in pro football history, playing five years with the Rams and then nine years with the New York Giants. He was a regular for the Rams’ 1951 championship team, and the one game he missed that season was the only one he missed in 14 NFL seasons.

After five outstanding seasons in Los Angeles, the Rams dealt him to the Giants for a first-round draft pick. Andy performed even better in New York, and is credited with molding together the 1956 Giants team that won the NFL championship.

A natural leader as well as an outstanding player, Robustelli was a big factor in the Giants on-field success. He stayed with the New York team for nine seasons, the last three as a player-coach. Robustelli was not big for a modern-day defensive end, weighing only 230 pounds, but was clearly one of the finest pass rushers the game has seen.

He was named All-Pro seven times and was named to the Pro Bowl seven times. In 1962 the Maxwell Club selected Robustelli as the NFL’s outstanding player, an honor that up until then was generally reserved for an offensive player. The honor was indicative of the high regard that fans, teammates and opponents all held for the future Hall of Fame defensive end.

Year
Team
G
FumRec.
Yds.
TD
1951 Los Angeles
11
1
0
0
1952 Los Angeles
12
4
29
1
1953 Los Angeles
12
2
0
0
1954 Los Angeles
12
1
0
0
1955 Los Angeles
12
5
18
1
1956 New York
12
1
0
0
1957 New York
12
0
0
0
1958 New York
12
2
0
0
1959 New York
12
1
33
0
1960 New York (N.F.L.)
12
0
0
0
1961 New York (N.F.L.)
14
2
0
0
1962 New York (N.F.L.)
14
2
0
0
1963 New York (N.F.L.)
14
0
0
0
1964 New York (N.F.L.)
14
1
17
0
Career Total
175
22
97
2
Additional Career Statistics: Receiving: 2-75, 1 TD; Interceptions: 2-24, 2 TD


1951 NFL – Los Angeles Rams 24
, Cleveland Browns 17
Robustelli did not start but played at defensive end for the Rams. Statistics not available

1955 NFL – Cleveland Browns 38, Los Angeles Rams 14
Robustelli started at defensive end for the Rams. Statistics not available

1956 NFL – New York Giants 47, Chicago Bears 7
Robustelli started at defensive end for the Giants and he recovered a fumble.

1958 NFL – Baltimore Colts 23, New York Giants 17 (overtime)
Robustelli started at defensive end for the Giants in NFL’s first overtime playoff game. He was credited with a tackle on the quarterback for an 11-yard loss

1959 NFL – Baltimore Colts 31, New York Giants 16
Robustelli started at defensive end for the Giants. Statistics not available

1961 NFL – Green Bay Packers 37, New York Giants 0
Robustelli started at right defensive end for the Giants. Statistics not available

1962 NFL – Green Bay Packers 16, New York Giants 7
Robustelli started at right defensive end for the Giants. He was credited with two tackles and one quarterback hurry.

1963 NFL – Chicago Bears 14, New York Giants 10
Robustelli started at right defensive end for the Giants. He was credited with three tackles which included a tackle of the quarterback for a 9-yard loss.

All-NFL: 1953 (AP), 1955 (AP, SN), 1956 (AP, UPI, NY), 1957 (UPI, NY), 1958 (AP), 1959 (AP, UPI, NEA, NY), 1960 (AP)

All-NFL Second Team: 1952 (AP, NY), 1953 (UPI, NY), 1954 (AP, UPI, NEA, NY), 1955 (UPI, NEA), 1956 (NEA), 1957 (AP, NEA), 1958 (UPI, NEA), 1960 (UPI, NEA, NY), 1961 (UPI, NEA, NY), 1962 (AP, UPI)

All Eastern Conference: 1956 (SN), 1958 (SN), 1959 (SN), 1961 (SN)

(7) – 1954, 1956, 1957, 1958, 1960, 1961, 1962

(at time of his retirement following 1964 season)

 

• [1st] Most Opponents’ Fumbles Recovered, Career – 22
• [2nd] Most Consecutive Games Played, Career – 164 (1952-1964)
• [Tied for 2nd] Most Games Played, Career – 175 (1951-1964)
• [Tied for 3rd] Most Seasons, Active Player – 14 (1951-1964)

Championship Game Records

• [Tied for 1st] Most Games Played – 8 (1951, 1955, 1956, 1958-59, 1961-63)
• [Tied for 1st] Most Opponents’ Fumbles Recovered, Career – 2

• 1962 Most Valuable Player (Maxwell Club)

Year Team W L T Division Finish
1951 Los Angeles Rams 8 4 0 (1st)
1952 Los Angeles Rams 9 3 0 (2nd)
1953 Los Angeles Rams 8 3 1 (3rd)
1954 Los Angeles Rams 6 5 1 (3rd)
1955 Los Angeles Rams 8 3 1 (1st)
1956 New York Giants 8 3 1 (1st)
1957 New York Giants 7 5 0 (2nd)
1958 New York Giants 9 3 0 (1st)
1959 New York Giants 10 2 0 (1st)
1960 New York Giants 6 4 2 (3rd)
1961 New York Giants 10 3 1 (1st)
1962 New York Giants 12 2 0 (1st)
1963 New York Giants 11 3 0 (1st)
1964 New York Giants 2 10 2 (7th)
Full Name: Andrew Richard Robustelli

Birthdate: December 6, 1925

Birthplace: Stamford, Connecticut

Died: May 31, 2011

High School: Stamford (CT); LaSalle Miltary Academy (Oakdale, NY)

Elected to Pro Football Hall of Fame: January 16, 1971

Enshrined into Pro Football Hall of Fame:
July 31, 1971

Presenter: J. Walter Kennedy, Commissioner - NBA

Other Members of Class of 1971: Jim Brown, Bill Hewitt, Frank "Bruiser" Kinard, Vince Lombardi, Y.A. Tittle, Norm Van Brocklin

Pro Career: 14 Seasons, 175 games

Drafted: 19th round (228th player overall) in 1951 by Los Angeles Rams

Transactions: July 28, 1956 – Robustelli was traded from the Los Angeles Rams to the New York Giants in exchange for 1st round draft pick in 1957 (Del Shofner, B, Baylor, 11th overall)

Uniform Number: 81 (Giants), 84 (Rams)

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