It's been 24 years since Stamford High alum Craig Bingham last wore the black and gold of the Pittsburgh Steelers. He's still amazed by the passion of the team's fans, especially as Sunday’s Super Bowl against the Green Bay Packers.
"The town [Pittsburgh] goes crazy,'' said Craig, who played at Stamford High and Syracuse before going on to a five-year pro career that included a stop in San Diego. "I've never seen anything like it, where things just shut down on game day."
Bingham has remained in the Pittsburgh area after his playing days and still maintains a relationship
Alex Joseph made it to the NFL on Sunday. The former Stamford High star played on a special teams tackle for the San Francisco 49ers in a 38-7 win over the Arizona Cardinals.
Joseph, who played for Temple University, signed with San Francisco last week. He had been on the practice squad of the Carolina Panthers. The linebacker was signed as a free agent by the Green Bay Packers and played in all four preseason games. His best one was last, when he had five tackles against Kansas City. After being cut at the end of training camp, he was on the practice squad for the Oakland Raiders.
Trinity Catholic running back Mike Rivas and Stamford's Reuben Pierre-Louis earned All-State honors from the Connecticut High School Coaches Association. Rivas earned Class S honors and Pierre-Louis, a defensive lineman, was named to the Class LL team.
Rivas, a senior, rushed for 921 yards and 14 touchdowns for the Crusaders. He had his biggest game of the year against Stamford, running for 273 yards and three touchdowns. He rushed for over 100 yards in four games. He also led the Crusaders with 15 touchdowns.
Pierre-Louis had 13 ½ sacks and 54 tackles. His 10 tackles
Stamford's football team has caught the attention of the FCIAC with its five-game winning streak. Coach Bryan Hocter caught the attention of the New York Giants.
Hocter was selected as the Lou Rettino High School Football Coach of the Week for the week of Oct. 25. Hocter led his team to a victory over previously unbeaten Trumbull, 27-19.
He will receive a certificate of recognition signed by the NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and Giants Head Coach Tom Coughlin. A $1,000 check will be granted to the Black Knights football program. Hocter will be acknowledged by a stadium
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