BEAVER, Pa. — Larry Bruno, a former Geneva College football star who turned down a chance to play for the
He was 88.
Mr. Bruno died Dec. 24 at Heritage Valley Beaver hospital. No cause was given.
A running back, Mr. Bruno was drafted in the 13th round by the Steelers in 1947 but chose to go into coaching. His career at Monaca (1949-58) and Beaver Falls (1959-78) high schools was highlighted by a Namath-led 10-0 record in 1960.
That team won a western Pennsylvania championship, but there were no statewide playoffs. Mr. Bruno’s record at Beaver Falls was 184-52-9.
Namath chose Mr. Bruno to present him when Namath entered the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1985.