Raiders’ LB Phil Villapiano never stopped making big impact

Jun 12, 2020 275

BY: Adam Hill

Phil Villapiano wasn’t entirely sure about his transition to the NFL despite a stellar career as a defensive end at Bowling Green. Then came the 1971 Senior Bowl and a performance that got him inducted into the legendary game’s Hall of Fame.

“I get invited to come to Mobile, Alabama,” he said during his induction. “I didn’t even know where Mobile, Alabama, was. I came down here and tackled everybody. I didn’t care if you were a guy in the street, I tackled you.”

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