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Richard J. Codey Arena Hosts Night of Heroes

Richard J. Codey Arena Hosts Night of Heroes

The most impressive football game wasn’t played at Metlife Stadium last weekend; it was at South Mountain Reservation Complex in West Orange, New Jersey!

The Wounded Warrior Amputee Football Team, 9/11 first responders from New York and New Jersey, and over 30 NFL legends squared off in a charity flag football game that showcased why our citizens are #JerseyStrong.  Participants included former New York Giant Jim Burt, New York Jet Joe Klecko, retired Pittsburgh Steeler Rocky BleierNFL Hall-of-Famers Jack Youngblood and Anthony Munoz, Green Bay Packer legend Jerry Kramer and ESPN’s Tim Hasselbeck.

Besides dazzling the packed crowd with their football prowess, the participants were very generous of their time, posing for numerous photos and signing autographs prior to kickoff.  The legendary 70’s group The Village People performed their greatest hits at halftime, and there was even a marriage proposal at the 50-yard line!

“Essex County rocks!”  exclaimed New York Giants legend Phil McConkey to our own Lisa Marie Latino.

That sentiment was echoed throughout Lisa Marie’s chats with former Philadelphia Eagle and the inspiration for the movie “Invincible”, Vince Papale; New York Giants Super Bowl champion Leonard Marshall; ESPN’s Dave Stevens and Colonel Gregory D. Gadson, a bilateral above-the-knee amputee who served as a source of inspiration for the Giants historic Super Bowl XLVII run.  Lisa Marie also spoke with retired football pro, Joe Andruzzi, who was there to support his three brothers that sacrificed their lives during the September 11 attack.  Joe is no stranger to heroics himself, however- he is credited for rescuing numerous people at the finish line during last year’s tragic Boston Marathon bombing.

Only in New Jersey did you find these megawatt sports stars during Super Bowl Week!

For more information on Wounded Warrior Amputee Football Challenge, visit their website.

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Lisa Marie Latino

Lisa Marie Falbo (Latino) is CEO and executive producer of Long Shot Productions, a full-service media production company based in Fairfield, New Jersey. Latino’s career has produced numerous commercial, corporate, and entertainment programs that have taken her throughout the United States as well as Europe. In 2014, Latino co-launched Hip New Jersey a lifestyle program featuring the latest trends around the Garden State. She serves as the television show’s executive producer and host. Hip New Jersey can be seen on HometowneTV, NJ on Air and HipNewJersey.com. Latino has appeared on a wide variety of local television, network cable, and radio shows, including TLC’s Cake Boss, SNY’s Oh Yeah and on WFAN Sports Radio. She also works in-season for the New York Giants Radio Network, and has served as an adjunct broadcasting professor at Seton Hall University. In 2016, Latino added published author to her lofty resume with the release of her debut novel, Ten Years Later. In 2017, “TYL” won Best Fiction at the Independent Authors Book Expo. Latino graduated from Montclair State University in 2006 with a degree in broadcasting and speech communication.

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