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John Corbisiero, a member of the Class of 1950, came to Middlebury in 1946 after playing a season of football at Notre Dame in 1944. He also served in the military in World War II, participating in the invasion of Okinawa.
At Middlebury he earned the nickname “Mr. Cleated Fury” for his fierce play in football. On offense, he played fullback, quarterback and tailback in Duke Nelson’s single-wing attack. On defense, he played linebacker and defensive back, while kicking and returning both punts and kickoffs.
In his three years of eligibility in football, he was brilliant, establishing records for most yards gained, most yards per carry, most touchdowns in a season and career. In 1947 he was selected to the All-New England team by the Boston Post. In 1947 and 1948, teams that he captained went 12-2-1, winning 10-consecutive games. In his senior year, he served as an assistant coach.
In the winter he laced on the skates and played ice hockey, and in the spring he was the catcher for the Panthers’ stellar baseball teams. In 1950 he was selected to Middlebury’s All-Century Team in baseball as well as football.
Corbisiero was drafted by the Chicago Bears and then played for the Eastern College All-Stars against the New York Giants in the Polo Grounds. He instead chose to sign with the Boston Braves baseball team and briefly played professionally before enlisting in the Air Force and serving in the Korean War. He made the 1952 U.S. Olympic Hockey team but was unable to participate because he was a “professional” athlete (in baseball).
Corbisiero made a career of the Air Force, flying 106 combat missions in Vietnam before retiring as a full colonel.
A Remarkable Athletic Career Few Knew About - San Antonio Express News - 7/16/15
Medford Native John Corbisiero named to Middlebury Hall of Fame - Medford Transcript - 7/24/15