Brewster’s Franco Milano Signs to Play Football at Stony Brook
Franco (Francesco) Milano started for the Brewster Bears Varsity Football team for three years. He'll next play football at Stony Brook University as a member of the Sea Wolves, signing his intent letter early last week in front of his parent's store Kobacker's on Main Street in Brewster.
I caught up with Francesco over the phone and asked him why he thought Stony Brook was the best fit for him, he said :
"I love the fact that it's close to home, they have a great football team, it's a great academic University, they have a good connection with their recruits and a very good team culture."
According to the Patch, Brewster coach, Ed Mulvihill, had this to say about Milano:
He has always been a hard worker both on the field and in the weight room. He is easily one of the best defensive linemen to play at Brewster in the past 50 years.
I mentioned to Franco that this is very high praise considering all the extremely talented athletes that have played his position at Brewster over the years. I asked him what he thought of the coaches quote and he replied:
"Coach Mulvihill is a great coach and I really appreciate everything he's done for me and my family and the whole coaching staff. It means a lot to me, it really does."
I asked him if he wanted to thank anyone for helping him achieve this goal, he said:
"My Mom and Dad, my dad for working me out and telling me to work hard, telling me someone is always coming for my job. I want to thank all my coaches and teammates and I'd also like to thank my good friend and trainer Neil Lauri. He is the reason why I am physically and mentally in the place I am today. He's a great trainer that truly focuses on getting athletes to their peak potential, #NeilFit."
Yes, Francesco is my cousin, I am very proud of him, as is our entire family. His hard work paid off and that comes from his mother and father.
Francesco obviously paid attention to his mom and dad, listened to his coaches and has already made something of himself at a young age. I'll miss seeing him play on Friday nights in Brewster but there's a bigger game for him on the horizon and we'll all be watching.
It's weird, the last time I looked he was a little kid and now he's the biggest human in the Milano family. Don't tell his friends but we call him "Franny".
I recorded the conversation with Francesco so it would be easier to transcribe, since I have it, here is some of what we never intended to use.
6 of the Worst Intersections in Brewster, NY