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April 16, 2014

2014 Hall of Fame Inductees: Today, meet Bob Perrotta

NEW CASTLE — Bob Perrotta knew who to make happy.

The diminutive 1978 New Castle High and 1982 Geneva College graduate’s infectious personality made him extremely popular with his teammates, including the offensive linemen.

“He was one of the best teammates you could have,” former New Castle lineman Andy Tommelleo said. “He was the life of the team. He brought an excitement to the huddle and to the game. We loved watching Bobby play and we loved watching him run.

“We wanted Bob to succeed. We obviously wanted to win first. We knew if we did our jobs that Bob would make the most out of it. Even if we failed in our abilities, Bob would make a positive gain out of it.”

With his line backing him, the former running back finished his high school career second in New Castle annals in career rushing yards and is currently sixth.

“It was the norm,” Perrotta humbly admitted. “I don’t think it wasn’t any more than anyone else would have gotten. So many great running backs have come after me and picked up a ton of yards. Records are made to be broken.”

ENTERING THE HALL

The 54-year-old New Castle resident will join 11 other inductees on May 4 when they enter the Lawrence County Historical Society Sports Hall of Fame. The ceremony will be held at the New Englander.

“When you see some of the people that have been inducted and even this year’s group, it’s very humbling,” said Perrotta, who with his wife of 33 years, Rosanne, has eight children and two grandchildren. “I don’t know if I deserve this. My initial reaction was how did this happen? I didn’t know the process. I had no clue what the process entailed. A very good friend of mine, Andy Tommelleo, was inducted last year and he told me a little bit about it. I’m very appreciative of the honor.”

There’s no doubt in Tommelleo’s mind that Perrotta deserved a spot in the county’s hall of fame.

“I’ve been hoping for this for many years,” Tommelleo said. “I would have thought Bob Perrotta would have been in there a long time ago. Bob was a multi-sport athlete and he did that in college as well. That’s a testament to his athletic ability. He wasn’t a big back, but he made the most out of what he had.

“I couldn’t be happier for Bob and his whole family. As great of an athlete as he was, he’s an even better father, husband and friend.”

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