LITTLE FALLS — The Herkimer County Historical Society’s "Celebrity Roast of Bob Casullo" will take place at 6 p.m. on Oct. 13, at the Little Falls Travelodge.
Casullo is a Little Falls native who started a distinguished career in football at Little Falls High School, where he excelled on the varsity football team and became MVP and co-captain of the First Team Iroquois League and was the starting quarterback. He went on to play football at SUNY Brockport, earning the Outstanding Frosh Football Award in 1969. His working career started on the high school level at Henninger (1973-82) and Baldwinsville (1983-84) schools and then went on to coach at the university level — Syracuse University (1985-1994), Georgia Institute of Technology (1995-98) and Michigan State University (1999). He made it to the NFL the next year becoming the special teams coordinator for the Oakland Raiders (2000-2003), going to the Super Bowl in 2002. He became the tight ends coach for the New York Jets (2004) and then was special teams coordinator for the Seattle Seahawks (2005-2006), going again to the Super Bowl in 2005. For two more years he stayed with the NFL with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as their tight ends coach (2007-2008). His career came back full circle to Syracuse University where he was the assistant head coach, special teams coordinator and tight ends coach (2009-2010).
Helping to roast Casullo will be Roastmaster John Scarano, director of the Herkimer County Chamber of Commerce and Casullo's cousin. Joining him are Glenn "Gomez" Adams, 96.9 WOUR's morning radio show host, David Casullo, Bob Casullo’s brother and owner of Bates Communications and a motivational speaker, Dan Conley, former All American Syracuse University football player and former Syracuse University linebackers coach, Dave Coombs, 100.7 FM WUTQ's "Talk of the Town" radio show host, and Jim Rudgers, SUNY Brockport class and teammate.
Tickets to the roast are $30 per person and can be purchased ahead of time from the Herkimer County Historical Society or the Herkimer County Chamber of Commerce. For more information, call 866-6413. The proceeds from the roast will go to support maintenance projects needed at the historical society's Suiter museum building.