Averno on a 1953 Bowman football card
May 25, 1925|
Paterson, New Jersey
|Died||March 26, 2012
|Height||6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)|
|Weight||237 pounds (108 kg)|
New York Yanks
Sisto Joseph Averno (May 12, 1925 in Paterson, New Jersey – March 26, 2012 in Randallstown, Maryland) was an American football guard and linebacker who played in the National Football League for the original Baltimore Colts (1950), the New York Yanks (1951), Dallas Texans (1952) and the Baltimore Colts (1953–1954). He was the final pick of the 1951 NFL Draft, serving as that draft's Mr. Irrelevant. Sisto's college football career also earned him recognition as a member of the Muhlenberg College Athletic Hall of Fame.
In his five years with the Colts, Averno's starting pay was $4,000. The most he ever made in one season was $9,500. Sisto would usually play the whole game as a member of the offensive line, linebacker, kickoff and punt teams.
Later in life
In his later years, Sisto suffered a stroke, had his knee and a hip replaced, and he also required the use of a walker to get around. These conditions are thought to be linked to injuries he suffered during his playing years. Because of these health conditions, Averno became an advocate for better benefits to retired NFL players.
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