It's not every day you get a visit from an NFL coach.

Thanks to his ties to the area, Green Bay Packers tight ends coach Brian Angelichio made a special stop to speak to students at Barringer Road Elementary in Ilion last week.

Angelichio is a 1995 graduate of Ilion high, and also a former Barringer Road Bobcat who followed his dreams all the way to the NFL.

He told the kids at Barringer Road Elementary that he always wanted to play professional sports, but he knew his playing career would end at St. Lawrence University where he played football and baseball.

That's when he began his coaching career that led him through the ranks of college and eventually to the NFL.

He says his story just proves that hard work pays off, and credits his time growing up in Ilion as part of his success with his family, friends and teachers shaping who he is today.

Angelichio told students that education is their best tool for success in whatever they choose to do in life.

"The better your report card, the more opportunities you have," he said, adding that the Green Bay Packers have a motto "Today is a big day!"

"Every day is a chance to get better, and hard work needs to be matched with enthusiasm," he continued as he finished talking and signing autographs for the students.

Angelichio is set to be inducted into the inaugural class of the Central Valley Hall of Fame on March 11.


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