Tino Sabbatelli

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Tino Sabbatelli
Birth name Sabatino Piscitelli
Born (1983-08-24) August 24, 1983 (age 33)
Boca Raton, Florida,
United States
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s) Anthony Sabatelli
Sabby Piscitelli
Tino Piscitelli
Tino Sabbatelli
Billed height 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Billed weight 225 lb (102 kg)
Trained by WWE Performance Center
Debut April 4, 2015

Sabatino "Sabby" Piscitelli (born August 24, 1983) is an American professional wrestler and former American football safety. He is currently signed to WWE's developmental territory NXT, where he performs under the ring name Tino Sabbatelli. He was originally drafted by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the second round (64th overall) of the 2007 NFL Draft. He played collegiately at Oregon State. He also played for the Cleveland Browns and Kansas City Chiefs.

Early years[edit]

Piscitelli began his football career at Boca Raton High School. He began playing as a junior in high school, playing both defensive back and wide receiver. He received second team all-state honors as a senior, and received four letters as an outfielder for the school's baseball team.

College football career[edit]

Season GP T AT TFL FF FR PD INTs TDs
2002° 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2003[1] 13 5 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
2004[2] 12 42 12 3 1 1 9 5 0
2005[3] 11 39 14 3 0 2 12 4 1
2006[4] 14 54 21 3 0 0 16 5 0

GP - Games Played, T - Tackles, AT - Assisted Tackles, TFL - Tackles for Loss, FF - Forced Fumbles, FR - Fumbles Recovered, PD - Passes Defensed, INTs - Interceptions, TDs - Touchdowns
° Redshirted
† All-Pac 10 Honourable Mention [5]
‡ All-Pac 10 First Team [5]

Sabby Piscitelli
Sabby Piscitelli.jpg
No. 21, 28, 48, 42
Position: Safety
Personal information
Date of birth: (1983-08-24) August 24, 1983 (age 33)
Place of birth: Boca Raton, Florida
Height: 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight: 221 lb (100 kg)
Career information
College: Oregon State
NFL Draft: 2007 / Round: 2 / Pick: 64
Career history
Career highlights and awards
  • 2× Honorable mention All-Pac-10 (2004, 2005)
  • First Team All-Pac-10 (2006)
Career NFL statistics
Tackles: 188
Interceptions: 5
Pass deflections: 15
Player stats at NFL.com

Professional football career[edit]

Tampa Bay Buccaneers[edit]

Piscitelli received an invitation to attend the NFL Combine due to his outstanding performance in his last year at Oregon State University. He posted the fastest pro agility time of 2006, ran a 4.44 second 40 yard dash, and bench pressed 225 lbs for 19 reps.[6] He was selected by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the second round of the 2007 NFL Draft. In his rookie season, he broke his right foot and was placed on the injured reserve.[7] On November 30, 2010 the Buccaneers released him.

Cleveland Browns[edit]

Piscitelli was signed by the Cleveland Browns on December 1, 2010. He became a free agent after the season.

Kansas City Chiefs[edit]

Piscitelli signed with the Kansas City Chiefs on August 4, 2011.

Career statistics[edit]

[8]

Season Team GP ST AT FF PD INTs TDs
2007 Tampa Bay 3 2 1 0 0 0 0
2008 Tampa Bay 15 40 8 1 8 2 0
2009 Tampa Bay 16 66 14 1 5 2 0
2010 Tampa Bay 11 19 0 0 1 1 0
2010 Cleveland 5 3 1 0 0 0 0
2011 Kansas City 16 28 6 1 1 0 0

GP - Games Played, ST - Solo Tackles, AT - Assisted Tackles, FF - Forced Fumbles, PD - Passes Defensed, INTs - Interceptions, TDs - Touchdowns

Professional wrestling career[edit]

WWE[edit]

NXT (2014–present)[edit]

In October 2014, Piscitelli signed a developmental contract with WWE and began training to become a professional wrestler at the WWE Performance Center in Orlando, Florida.[9] He made his in-ring debut for WWE's developmental territory, NXT, at a live event on April 4, 2015, competing unsuccessfully in a battle royal.[10] After ten months of training, he suffered a concussion during an NXT live event.[11] In October 2015, he was given the ring name Anthony Sabatelli, later tweaked to Tino Sabbatelli. He was featured on an exclusive TV show on the WWE Network called Breaking Ground, which featured his NXT training.

Personal life[edit]

Piscitelli has a brother named Sean, who was also wrestling independently but had suffered an injury before another tryout with WWE.[12]

References[edit]

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