Nicholas Bucci

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Nicholas Bucci was the first selection by the Wilmington Sportswriters and Broadcasters Association as Delaware’ Athlete of the Year in 1949. Nick was considered by many to be the most versatile
athlete ever produced by Claymont High School, winning a school record total of 13 varsity letters in football, basketball, track and baseball from 1947-1950. He was the first two-time first team
selection to the Delaware Journal Every Evening All-State football team; he won the state football scoring championship in 1949 with 149 points, 25 more than runner-up Ron Waller, who later starred
with the NFL’s Los Angeles Rams. His 149 points were 59.6% of the team total of 250 points. He led Claymont to an unbeaten, untied football season in 1949 and tallied 293 points averaging 18.6 points
per game. He set two records, most points scored (293) and most touchdowns (23) scored during his Claymont football career. He also passed and punted and was considered both his team’s best blocker
and best tackler. Nick won the 1949 Delaware State 100-yard dash championship in a then record of 10.4 seconds. He was recruited for football by Division I colleges and universities at North
Carolina, Florida, Yale, Cornell and Delaware.

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