From Rome Free Academy High School, Artie Newman
Rome Free Academy football has been a part of Artie’s life since he can remember. Known as the RFA “ball boy” Newman has been a volunteer with the high school team for about 49 years. Newman is still providing extra game balls and giving away his “root beer” candies to visiting team members at the sidelines. He is sure to shake the hands of all the coaches and members of the opposing team, letting them know what a pleasure it was to work with them. Artie has a passion for RFA football that is contagious on the sidelines. His timeless love of the game reminds us all our life long fans and tradition and pushes us forward as a program to put our best effort forward every game for our community.
From Proctor High School, Paul Filletti
Coach Filletti played against RFA as a member of two Proctor high school football teams. He started at offensive and defensive tackle in the fall of 1982. He was a 1984 graduate of Proctor who went on to become a Police Officer for the Utica Police Department. In 1987, Coach Filletti started coaching football for Proctor high school. He has coaches in every Proctor/RFA rivalry game for the past 30 years. He is a great coach and a tireless working giving his time and knowledge to every Proctor football player for the past 30 years.