For Greenwich fans of the NFL, the playoff games held over the weekend that set up the AFC and NFC championship games were among top news items. For today's "5 Things," we turn to the NFL as we anticipate Sunday match-ups between the Pittsburgh Steelers and New York Jets, and the Chicago Bears and Green Bay Packers. Many of us know that Hall of Fame southpaw QB Steve Young grew up in Greenwich, and that the great Frank Gifford lives on our town's waterfront. Fewer of us know the NFLers born in town. Here's today's "5 Things to Know":
- Glenville resident: "That was just luck." — New York Jets fan Ray Sotelo in , shot in advance of the Sunday showdown between Gang Green and the New York Patriots.
- Greenwich native: Kenneth Shawn Bell, a fullback and running back with the Denver Broncos from 1986 to 1989. Born Nov. 16, 1964, Bell attended Greenwich High School and Boston College before venturing forth to pro football.
- Greenwich native: Tony Lawrence De Luca, a nose tackle born four years beore Bell — on Nov. 16, 1960 — played in one NFL season with the Green Bay Packers, in 1984.
- Old Greenwich native: Timothy Alan Mazzetti, a Penn grad and kicker who was born Feb. 1, 1956, played from 1978 to 1980 with the Atlanta Falcons.
- Greenwich native: Phillip David Puzzuoli, born in Greenwich Jan. 12, 1961, a defensive end and nose tackle who was drafted 149th overall in the 1983 draft, played from 1983 to 1987 with the Cleveland Browns — including all 16 regular season games in four of those seasons.