Playing for the Blakely Bears

  • The proudest time of my young life was playing for the “Blakely Bears” and being selected as a co-captain along with Dick Austin and Floyd Celli. We played the hard-nosed type of football Blakely became famous for. Old Coach was our driving force. He made men out of boys–always pushing us to be better. I will never forget those memorable days.

    As a member of the “Papa Bear Club” I can now help give something back to our great old Coach. Our club will be dedicating a statue of him this Spring–a much-deserved honor. God bless you “Coach”

    Len Maiolatesi, Class of 1956



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