Chris Pizzotti, shown here with the New York Jets during the 2009 preseason.
Former Harvard quarterback Chris Pizzotti has signed a free agent contract with the Green Bay Packers in an announcement made by Executive Vice President, General Manager and Director of Football Operations
Pizzotti, who will wear number 13 and play on the Packers' practice squad, spent the entire preseason with the New York Jets after signing with them moments after the 2009 NFL Draft.
The 6-foot-5 Pizzotti left his mark in the Harvard and Ivy League record books, as he was one of only a handful of players to take part in three Ivy League Championships. The 2008 Walter Payton Award finalist ranked among the nation's leaders for fewest interceptions thrown over the past two years (eight). He closed out his career with a 20-2 record as the team's starting quarterback.
This past season, he was named a finalist for the Walter Payton Award, was again selected All-Ivy League first-team and named the Asa Bushnell Cup Player of the Year. He added first-team All-American honors from The NFL Draft Report, which recognized his success on the playing field. He threw for a career-high 2,490 yards on 193 of 308 attempts (62.7 percent), coming up with 17 touchdowns and just four interceptions.
Pizzotti joins his grandfather, Francis Dancewicz, to make the professional ranks as a football player. Dancewicz played football at Notre Dame (1943-45), where he earned All-American second-team honors from the Associated Press, United Press International, Football News, The Sporting News and Football Writers Association as a senior quarterback. As a pro, he spent the 1946-48 seasons with the Boston Yanks, who had selected him in the first round.
Pizzotti's father, Steve, played football at Northeastern. His brother, Dave, was the starting quarterback at Boston University before the school disbanded football. He transferred to Harvard, but did not play there after suffering a shoulder injury. Both Dave and another brother, Steve, played quarterback at Reading High before Chris arrived there.