SHREVEPORT, La. -- Former pro football player Tony Sardisco,
who was captain of the Boston Patriots in the early 1960s, has died
at age 73.
Sardisco died of a massive heart attack at his home in
Shreveport on Sunday, said Madeleine Bergeron, his daughter.
"Everyone is going to miss him greatly. He was the most
wonderful friend, coach, uncle, husband, father, teacher, mentor
anyone could ever have," Bergeron said. "He was an inspiration to
Sardisco was a Tulane University All-American and an AFL All-Pro
lineman with the Patriots in 1961. He was inducted into the
Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame in 2004.
Bergeron said her mother, Juliana Tutko Sardisco, suffered a
mild heart attack, apparently from the stress resulting from her
husband's death. Juliana Sardisco, 69, is recovering, Bergeron
Sardisco's professional football career lasted four years, and
it was interrupted by military service.
It included short stints with both the San Francisco 49ers and
Washington Redskins in 1956, his rookie season. He then served in
the Air Force for two years before returning to pro football with
Calgary in the Canadian Football League in 1959. He joined the
Patriots in the fledgling AFL the following season.
"He loved football to the day he died," Bergeron said.
Funeral arrangements were not complete Monday night.