Bobby Robustelli, a coach in the Springdale Little League for the last 29 years, was honored by the Mickey Lione Jr. Fund last week as its fifth recipient of the Wellington Mara Award.
Robustelli, a member of one of Stamford's most famous sports families, was given a plaque and the Springdale Little League received a check for $2,500.
Robustelli first started coaching as an assistant to his brother in law, NBA referee Bennett Salvatore, and despite having no kids of his own playing has continued to be one of the league's best and most popular coaches, not just for the championships he has won but the values he has instilled in young players.
Eli Manning led the NFL in interceptions in 2013 for the third time in nine full seasons as the New York Giants' starting quarterback. Just days after his Giants finished a late-season rally, clawing up to a respectable 7-9, Manning turned 33 years old.
In the minds of many football fans, Manning is still his big brother's little brother, a fresh-faced kid with a lot of growing up to do. But with a decade in the NFL and two Super Bowl rings to his credit, he's a full-grown man. In fact, he's in the homestretch of his career; most chapters of his NFL story have been written.
Depending on how the final few chapters go, Manning could be remembered as one of the best quarterbacks of his generation—or as a serviceable starter who got lucky a couple of times.
Nothing that the team has said or done in the months since has altered that line of thinking.
"It's his turn," coach Tom Coughlin said during OTAs. "That's why he's here."
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