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Patterson "Pat" Cannamela- Athlete
Pat Cannamela was born April 27, 1929 in New London, Conn. After a stellar high schol football career, Pat traveled west with a group of friends and he enrolled in Ventura College in 1948. During Pat's two years at VC, Pat distinguished himself as a tackle and linebacker. He garnered a number of athletic awards, culminating with his election as a Little All American Honorable Mention, All Western State Conference, All Souther California Junior College, and the Most Valuable Player of the VC football team.
In 1950, Pat earned an athletic scholarship to the University of Southern California (USC). During his first year as a Trojan, Pat earned Second Team All AMerican honors. In 1951 Trojan preseason press release read "They don't come any better than the Trojan's No. 1 linebacker, Pat Cannamela." At 5'11'' and 210 pounds, the 24 year old Cannamela played offensive guard and linebacker for the Trojans. In Pat's second year at USC, and guided by fabled coach Jess Hill, Pat was a first team Look All American and was selected as a Trojan co-captain. He was described as a "Pocket Battleship" in recognition of his size and toughness as a tackler and linebacker. Pat played in the East-West Shrine Game and ths Hula Bowl that year. One of Pat's teammates at USC was Frank Gifford, of the NFL's New York Giants and MOnday Night Football fame.
After college, Pat was selected in teh 11th round of the 1952 draft by the Dallas Texans and played only one year. Pat later joined the Army.
Pat Cannamela's life ended tragically. In the early morning hours on January 28, 1973, the 43 year old husband and father arived at Zody's Dicount Store on Sunset Blvd. in Los Angeles. A resident of Torrance, Pat was an applinace salesman. Unbeknownst to him, there was a robbery in progress; Pat walked in, only to be shot and killed by the hooded robbers.
Pat played high school football at Chapman Technical High School in New London, Connecticut. The football field where Pat first made a name for himself will now forever have his name several years ago the filed was renamed "Pat Cannamela" field.