Angelo M. Paternoster
Date of Birth: February 20, 1919, in Passaic, New Jersey
Date of Death: July 6, 2012, in Wayne, New Jersey (93 years old)
The Star Ledger - Published 07/07/12
After his football career, he became a dentist.
I had the opportunity to talk to Dr. Paternoster about his football career in December 2009.
What a terrific man with many great stories about his career. I know there is debate on
whether he actually played in a game for the Redskins in 1943. During our interview, I asked
him about which games he played in. He told me he played in the first game against the
Brooklyn Dodgers as a guard. Here is part of the interview.
Push the Play button to listen to him talk about it...
Paternoster said, "I guess I had a good day, because the next day
I made the Washington papers, my commanding officer at the dental school, well, he got the
word, heard that I was playing with the Skins and called me down to the office. That's what
I am saying, I had a very short career with the Skins a short period of time, you know,
practice and the game it was only 3 or 5 weeks. He said, "I understand you are playing
pro-football, and I said, "Yes sir", I couldn't lie to him, I used my own name, I wasn't
trying to hide anything, and he said "You will have to leave, you can't be playing
pro-football, you will jeopardize your career as a Navy dentist playing football.
If you don't quit, you will on the next ship over-seas." Of course, I said, "I'm staying".
He told the Skins he was done.
1943 Washington Redskins (NFL)