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Friday, May 19, 2017

Romeo graduate, Joe Bacci signs with the Tennessee Titans

Today the Tennessee Titans announced a roster move, adding Romeo / Central Michigan FB Joe Bacci.  Bacci was an undrafted free agent who had mini-camp workouts at Baltimore and Los Angeles Chargers.

Bacci was a 2012 graduate from Romeo high school who was a star Linebacker for the Bulldogs.  Bacci committed in June of his junior season as the Chippewas were his lone scholarship offer.

Joe Bacci transitioned from Linebacker to Fullback in between his Redshirt Freshman - Redshirt Sophomore off-season for a total of 3 years as a FB.  Bacci had over 250 career receiving yards and 4 touchdowns.

Bacci is listed as 6'1" 245 lbs

Bacci holds a special spot in my memory as he is the reason I am more aware of my surroundings on sidelines while photographing football games.  The following occurred during my first season that I covered games while being on the field.

In the 2011 Romeo inner-squad scrimmage during August, Bacci carried the ball at the left hash near the sideline when the first defender attempted to tackle him.  Bacci in mid-season-like form dragged the defender towards the sideline.  After he dragged another 2-3 more players closer and closer to the sideline, I thought well this is a Division 1 recruit, I'm going to back off a bit.

So I did.

When Bacci was finally tackled he was on the sideline with 7-8 Romeo players scattered around him and I was safely standing.  Thinking to myself at the time I thought, well that's how that scenario will play out in the future.

Fast forward to 2017 and that situation has played out several times, the scenario itself of a player carrying an entire team trying to tackle has not happened though.

Thinking to myself now I know there's a reason why not every single player makes it to the NFL.

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