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The 4-1-1 with Sandro DeAngelis
Courtesy: NU Media Relations
01/05/2009
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Courtesy: Scott Bruhn/NU Media Relations

Name: Sandro DeAngelis

Hometown: Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada

Years played: 2000-2005

Honors: 2004 Second-Team Academic All-District, 2003 American Football Coaches Association Good Works Team, Three-Time First-Team Academic All-Big 12 (2001, 2003, 2004), Four-Time Brook Berringer Citizenship Team (2002-2005), Named to the Big 12 Commissioner’s Academic Honor Roll every semester as a Husker

Professional honors: Canadian Football League’s all-time most accurate kicker at 83.8%, Three-Time First-Team All-CFL, Four-Time CFL West Division All-Star, 2006 CFL Special Teams Player of the Year (2008 runner up), 2008 Grey Cup Most Valuable Canadian (5 for 5 on field goals), Calgary Stampeders Team Captain

Family: Married to fellow Nebraska alum Cassi, and we are expecting a boy in April

 

Sandro DeAngelis knows the ups and downs of football.  A kicker for the Huskers from 2000 to 2004, DeAngelis overcame injury and on-field struggles to earn the starting nod as Nebraska’s place kicker for three seasons.  He worked hard both on and off the field, graduating in May of 2005 with a 3.70 grade-point average in secondary education and natural sciences, and was nationally recognized for his extensive service to the community. 

 

In March of 2005, DeAngelis signed a free agent contract with the Canadian Football League’s Calgary Stampeders, where he has become one of the league’s most prolific kickers.  Just last month, the Stampeders won the Grey Cup, the Super Bowl of the CFL, and DeAngelis was named the Most Valuable Canadian for his brilliant performance, nailing all five field goal attempts, including a 51-yarder, to seal his team’s victory.  From questioning whether he could continue to play football to becoming one of Canada’s top players, DeAngelis gave the inside info to Husker 411.

 

1. Who are you?

If I had to describe myself I would say that I’m a very motivated, passionate guy who cherishes his friends and family. 

2. What’s the most significant personal achievement or event that’s happened in your life since you left Nebraska?

The most significant event that has happened in my life since I left Nebraska has been my CFL career.  I really struggled at Nebraska, and quite honestly thought that my football career was over.  I was fortunate enough to continue my playing career and I thank my lucky stars for that because I truly love what I get to do for a living! 

3. What’s the one thing you learned through your student-athlete experience at Nebraska that’s helped you the most?

The biggest thing I learned from my experience at Nebraska has been that hard work, patience and perseverance pay off.  I feel that Nebraska prepared me very well, not only as a student-athlete, and taught me to be a better person overall.  I think those experiences will help me be a better husband and father.  We often place so much importance on the “game” we play, but the lessons we learn through sport will help us in the bigger game of life!

4. What are you doing now? (current profession/events in your life)

I have been playing for the Calgary Stampeders in the CFL for the past four years.  I have been fortunate enough to win the Grey Cup this year and hope to continue my playing career as long as I can.  My wife Cassi (who is from Omaha) and I are expecting a little boy in April.  I hope that one day he too can wear the Husker uniform and play in front of the great people of the state!

 

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