"Joe Rizzo was the kind of guy you wanted to go into a bar with and if anything happened, you'd want him protecting your backside. That was Rizzo."
Speaking about the Orange Crush Linebackers, Rizzo said:
"Individually, there were better players, but not as a group like us."
"With our defense, there was more strategy involved instead of just lining up and delivering a blow."
"We played an umbrella defense. We kept the ball in front of us if they were throwing. We tried to get deeper than the ball and come up and make tackles."
Joe owns a commercial real estate firm and resides in Wilmington, NC.
"Absolutely. There's not a day that goes by that I don't count my blessings looking at a lot of the older guys when I go to golf tournaments and stuff that were great players that gave it up on the field week in and week out that weren't able to get to that pinnacle. That's the nature of the business. A lot of good players aren't going to get that chance, and I definitely realize that, and realize that I'm in a fraternity of only a few that have played this game. I take that, and it humbles me and I'm very appreciative of the opportunities that we had."
MHR gives a Mile High Salute to Glenn Cadrez as the Greatest Bronco to wear #59.