Bob Pizzoli, Jr.

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Bob Pizzoli was a “fun to watch” runner in a three career at Mt. Carmel High School. He was a typical of what came to be known as a “Mt. Carmel runner” by rival coaches-waterbug quick, running like a scalded cat.

Bob practically excelled as a pass receiver and kick returner where his sure hands lightening reactions could show up best.

His name appears all over the Tornado record book. He had the second best season for pass receptions-37; he is the second best career reception leader; the fourth best career reception yardage leader; had the best in season and career for touchdown catches.

As a punt returner, he ranks as the Tornadoes’ 10th best all-time returner of kicks (including punts and kickoffs). He ranks sixth for single season and career punt returns.

Bobby holds the record for most touchdown catches in one game: three against Tamaqua in 1965; his six receptions against Shenandoah in 1965 in second on the all-time list, and; his 80 –yard touchdown reception from Joe Buchinski in 1964 is the second longest tornado history.

He attended Delaware Valley but was stricken with cancer. He died in July 1970. His teammates established an award in his name which is given annually to the Tornado who personified the character and courage which were so much a part of his personality.

Categories: 1986 Hall of Fame