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05/31/2011

Andy Robustelli, Hall of Fame defensive end with Rams and Giants, dies at 85

May 31, 2011 | 12:37 pm

Andy Robustelli, a Pro Football Hall of Famer who was a standout defensive end for the Los Angeles Rams and the New York Giants in the 1950s and '60s, has died in Stamford, Conn. He was 85.

Robustelli, an end from Arnold College, was selected by the then-Los Angeles Rams in the 19th round of the 1951 draft. Undersized for his position at 6-foot-1 and 230 pounds, Robustelli was considered a long shot to make the team, according to his online biography on the website of the Hall of Fame, located in Canton, Ohio. He went on to earn seven Pro Bowl selections in 14 seasons with the Rams and Giants.

Those seasons included NFL championships with the Rams in 1951 and the Giants in 1956. In 1962, the Maxwell Club named Robustelli the NFL's outstanding player.

Robustelli eventually played nine seasons with the Giants, the last three as a player coach. He missed one game his entire career and was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1971.

More later at latimes.com/obits.

-- Bloomberg News

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