Tony Cristiani

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Tony Cristiani
Career information
Position(s) DL
Height5 ft 9 in (175 cm)
Weight215 lb (98 kg)
College Miami
High school Brandon (FL)
Career history
As player
1974 Chicago Fire*
1974 Detroit Wheels
1975 Hamilton Tiger-Cats
Career highlights and awards

Tony Cristiani is a former American football defensive lineman who played college football for the University of Miami. [1] He was a two-time All-American and a consensus All-American in 1973. [2] [3] [4] Cristiani was also a member of the Chicago Fire, Detroit Wheels and Hamilton Tiger-Cats. [5]

American football Team field sport

American football, referred to as football in the United States and Canada and also known as gridiron, is a team sport played by two teams of eleven players on a rectangular field with goalposts at each end. The offense, the team with possession of the oval-shaped football, attempts to advance down the field by running with the ball or passing it, while the defense, the team without possession of the ball, aims to stop the offense's advance and to take control of the ball for themselves. The offense must advance at least ten yards in four downs or plays; if they fail, they turn over the football to the defense, but if they succeed, they are given a new set of four downs to continue the drive. Points are scored primarily by advancing the ball into the opposing team's end zone for a touchdown or kicking the ball through the opponent's goalposts for a field goal. The team with the most points at the end of a game wins.

College football Collegiate rules version of American/Canadian football, played by colleges and universities

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University of Miami private university in Coral Gables, Florida, United States

The University of Miami is a private research university in Coral Gables, Florida. As of 2018, the university enrolls 17,331 students in 12 separate colleges/schools, including the Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine in Miami's Health District, a law school on the main campus, and the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science focused on the study of oceanography and atmospheric sciences on Virginia Key, with research facilities at the Richmond Facility in southern Miami-Dade County.

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Early years

Cristiani comes from a family of circus performers and walked the tightrope at an early age. He attended Brandon High School in Brandon, Florida, and played high school football for the Brandon Eagles, earning all-state honors. [6]

Brandon High School (Brandon, Florida) Public high school in Brandon, Florida, United States

Brandon High School is a public high school in Brandon, Florida, United States. It is overseen by the School District of Hillsborough County.

Brandon, Florida Census-designated place in Florida, United States

Brandon is an unincorporated community and census-designated place (CDP) in Hillsborough County, Florida, United States. It is part of the Tampa–St. Petersburg–Clearwater Metropolitan Statistical Area. As of the 2010 census, the CDP had a population of 103,483, up from 77,895 at the 2000 census.

College years

Cristiani received an athletic scholarship to attend the University of Miami, where he played for the Miami Hurricanes football team. [6] He was a consensus first-team All-American in 1973. [2] He had 102 tackles as a senior. Cristiani had 84 tackles and 15 quarterback sacks in 1972. He had 279 total tackles in his career at the University of Miami. [4] Cristiani was inducted into the University of Miami Sports Hall of Fame in 1991. [7]

Miami Hurricanes football College Football Bowl Subdivision team; member of Atlantic Coast Conference

The Miami Hurricanes football team represents the University of Miami in the sport of American football. The Hurricanes compete in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA)'s Division I Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) and the Coastal Division of the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC). The program began in 1926 and has won five AP national championships. The Miami Hurricanes are among the most storied and decorated football programs in NCAA history. Miami is ranked fourth on the list of All-time Associated Press National Poll Championships, tied with Southern California and Ohio State and behind Alabama, Notre Dame, and Oklahoma. Miami also holds a number of NFL Draft records, including most first-round selections in a single draft and most consecutive drafts with at least one first-round selection. Two Hurricanes have won the Heisman Trophy and nine have been inducted to the College Football Hall of Fame. The team plays its home games at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida. The Hurricanes' head coach is currently Manny Diaz.

Professional career

Chicago Fire

Crisitani spent time with the Chicago Fire and but was released after three days in camp in 1974. [5]

Detroit Wheels

Cristiani was a member of the Detroit Wheels of the World Football League in 1974 [8]

World Football League former American football league established in 1973

The World Football League (WFL) was a short-lived American football league that played in 1974 and part of 1975. Although the league's proclaimed ambition was to bring American football onto a worldwide stage, the farthest the WFL reached was placing a team – the Hawaiians – in Honolulu, Hawaii. The league folded midway through its second season, in 1975. A new minor football league began play as the World Football League in 2008 after acquiring the rights to its trademarks and intellectual property; it folded in 2011.

The 1974 World Football League season was the first season of the World Football League.

Hamilton Tiger-Cats

Cristiani was signed by the Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the Canadian Football League in May 1975. [8]

Canadian Football League Professional Canadian football league

The Canadian Football League is a professional sports league in Canada. The CFL is the highest level of competition in Canadian football. The league consists of nine teams, each located in a city in Canada. They are divided into two divisions: four teams in the East Division and five teams in the West Division.

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