James A. Rovito
- Post by: mcalibrary
- December 19, 2023
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Jim Riovito was big and quick and strong and tough. And if you think that combination adds up to an outstanding athlete you are right.
The Kulpmont native was the first athlete in Lourdes High School history to be named All State in both football and basketball. In his final year, 1980, he was named both Eastern Conference Class B Lineman of the Year and the MVP in the K of C Christmas Basketball tournament…a tribute to his versatility and athletic ability.
He still owns Lourdes highest rebound per game average.
After high school he attended Lehigh University, where he was a three-year letterman at defensive tackle. In both 84 and 85 he led the Lehigh team in quarterback sacks and was voted game MVP twice…against Delaware in 84 and Bucknell in 85.
He was also the College’s Intramural Heavyweight Boxing Champion in 1985. After graduation he signed a free-agent contract with the Seattle Seahawks of the NFL…and was one of the team’s final cuts.