Photo of Joe Licata by Paul Hokanson
Joe Licata (BA ’15) made a statement by staying close
to home. UB football fans know him as the guy in the helmet
throwing touchdown passes. Most don’t know that this
record-setting passer is just as comfortable sporting a fedora and
singing along to Frank Sinatra.
Licata proudly hails from a “100-percent Italian”
family, one that has a deep admiration for Ol’ Blue Eyes.
Last summer, he organized a gathering at the family cottage in
Crystal Beach, Ontario, to celebrate Sinatra and, simultaneously,
the day a half-century earlier when his grandmother bought the
place where they vacation each year. Licata posted a picture on
Twitter of his parents, three sisters and him—all clad in
fedoras—posing with a cardboard cutout of Frank. He included
the hashtag #MyWay.
Licata graduated in May 2015 but had one year of eligibility
remaining, allowing him to play this past fall. He left UB as the
program’s all-time leader in career passing yards (9,485),
touchdowns (76) and wins as a starter (he went 21-19). He led the
Bulls to their third bowl bid in program history in 2013; they lost
to San Diego State in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl. He threw a
school-record 29 TD passes his junior year.
“When people look back, I want them to see a team that
fought hard and had a lot of pride in the name on their chest, and
someone who had fun out there playing for the city, his family and
friends,” Licata said.
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