Victor Pizzotti received an honorable mention in the Adidas 1977
All-American High School Football Squad. The players were selected from
over 1,300,000 high school football players. Victor was a versatile
linebacker, fullback, and tight end who came to personify the tough,
intelligent, and fundamentally sound approach to winning football from
1975 to 1977 when the Spartans won 17 games including a Middlesex League
championship in 1976.
Right from the beginning of his sophomore season, Victor quickly
established himself. In his first season, he started in all 10 games
playing key roles on both offense and defense. He scored 11 touchdowns
and recorded 12 sacks helping Stoneham achieve a 6-3-1 season. As a
junior, Pizzotti helped lead the Spartans to a 7-2-1 season and a share
of the Middlesex League title. Victor was an invaluable member of the
Spartan championship team. He was a tough, unselfish, clutch player who
not only helped execute game plans on the field but also joked with his
teammates and coaches alike.
Despite breaking his arm early in the season, Victor, as a senior,
continued to play leading the team to a hard fought victory. The injury
would not keep him off the field. The Spartans finished 4-5-1 in 1977.
Victor was named to the 1977 Boston Globe All-Scholastic Football Team.
According to former coach Paul White, “During his Stoneham career, there
was no player more respected for his football instinct and revered for
his toughness by his teammates than Victor. He was elected a team
captain in 1977 by his peers and was a player everyone knew was destined
to become an outstanding college football player.”
Victor went on to play linebacker for the University of Massachusetts at
Amherst. He was a member of the 1978 UMass squad that went all the way
to the 1AA championship falling to Florida A&M 35-28.
Victor Pizzotti epitomized everything a coach could seek in a football
player: toughness, intelligence, play-making, leadership, versatility,
and consistency at the highest level. Former classmate Joe Rolli said
“Everybody was drawn to him. When he talked, everybody would listen.
He was a very smart and a very funny guy and obviously a great player. A
good guy, that if you earn the respect of a guy like that … they are the
best guys that you can know.”