Danbury Mayor on Friendship with City Council Candidate + Former NY Jets Corner
Danbury Mayor Dean Esposito joined the I-95 Morning Show for his regular weekly segment on Thursday (7/27/23).
There was so much Danbury news to catch up on this week but one thing stood out to this football fan, George Radachowsky.
Radachowsky is a Danbury High School grad and former NFL corner/safety who is running for a position on Danbury's City Council. After reading up on Radachowsky it occurred to me that he played football at Danbury High, at the same time as our Mayor Dean Esposito.
This is a transcript of that football/politics chat with an emphasis on the football.
We read this morning, on the Republican ticket for City Council is a candidate named George Radachowsky. He played corner and safety in the NFL in the 80's for the Colts and Jets. He also played high school ball at Danbury High School and if my math is correct, you and he were teammates?
"You're absolutely right Lou. George Radachowsky was a natural born athlete, he's a good personal friend of mine since junior high school. We played together at Rogers Park, he's born and raised in Danbury like me, he's an awesome guy and he was an outstanding athlete throughout his college career. He went to BC (Boston College), he actually led the nation in interceptions for a couple weeks with Doug Flutie, you know Doug was the quarterback back then. He ended up getting drafted, he played in a few bowls but he was an outstanding athlete and a really good friend of mine. Like you said earlier Lou, he actually witnessed the sacking of Steve Young."
So you were what Linebacker?
"I was a linebacker most of all but believe it or not I played Defensive End on the right side and I just got lucky that day, he rolled out, attempted to dump the ball and I got him."
I was gonna say, we just need a defensive tackle and we've rounded out all the personnel groups on the defensive side of the ball in Danbury politics.
"We're going to get someone for Zoning for that."
So you think he's going to be good for City council I'm assuming?
"Absolutely, George is a very focused guy. He retired from the NFL and became a mortgage broker and he's very focused in everything he does."
Listen below to hear our entire chat about George Radachowsky. Right at the end of the segment, the Mayor tells a bowling story about his friend George.
Radachowsky was not one of these guys who played two preseason games, he had a real solid NFL career and spent a ton of time ON the field. He played in the NFL from 1984-1989. His first two seasons were with the Colts and the final 3 seasons with the New York Jets. He's listed as playing 52 games and he started in 18 of them according to Pro Football Reference. It's interesting, from everything I read about him, his most productive season was in his final year (1989) in the league. He also did all of this at 5'11' 190 lbs.
Watch George Radachowsky score a touchdown against the Dolphins as a member of the Jets in 1989 here. Fast Forward to the 20:00 mark.
If you were confused what the Mayor meant when he talked about "the sacking of Steve Young" click here to read the short but entertaining story about the Mayor of Danbury.
Listen to our entire Thursday (7/27/23) interview with Danbury Mayor Dean Esposito below.