Former Offensive Lineman and Amedeo’s Founder DeAngelis Passes Away

Oct 21, 2021 566

BY: Tim Peeler

Dick DeAngelis, the former NC State football player and assistant freshman football coach who wrote the history of NC State athletics on the walls of his Amedeo's Italian Restaurant on Raleigh's Western Boulevard, died Wednesday, two days after being admitted. He was 85. A native of Reading, Pennsylvania, DeAngelis was in the first recruiting class of Wolfpack head football coach and fellow Pennsylvania native Earle Edwards, who was hired to establish a successful football program in Raleigh.

Within three years, with offensive lineman DeAngelis blocking for running backs Dick Christy and Dick Hunter and one of the best defenses in school history, the Wolfpack won the its first Atlantic Coast Conference football championship, claiming the 1957 title on the last day of the season with a 29-26 victory over South Carolina.

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