EDITOR'S NOTE: The following article by Scott Kindberg originally appeared in The Post-Journal in January 2014.
Joe Sanfilippo was inducted into the Chautauqua Sports Hall of Fame in 2003 for his successes as a high school football coach at Salamanca (1957-1973) and Jamestown (1974-81).
Along the way, his Warriors' first-team defense allowed four touchdowns in six years. Later, during his tenure at Jamestown, Sanfilippo had the privilege of sending all-state players like Nate Davis and Sam Restivo on to the field. A year apart, the talented tandem went on to play collegiately at Michigan and Florida State respectively.
But Sanfilippo left little doubt who was the best player he'd ever coached.
"Chuckie Crist was in a class by himself," he told former Post-Journal sports editor Jim Riggs in February 2003.
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