Hofstra University honored D'Amato in 2009 when it named the "Football and Lacrosse Traditions Project" in honor of Mike D'Amato '68 and Lou DiBlassi '61. The project was a gift from Hofstra benefactorJames Metzger '83 who insisted that the project be named as a tribute to D'Amato and DiBlassi. According to Metzger, a former lacrosse All-American himself, D'Amato is "the only person to have been both a lacrosse All-American and a member of a Super Bowl winning team" and "bleeds Hofstra blue and gold". D'Amato was a football and lacrosse all-conference selection at Hofstra and is one of only four Hofstra alumni to ever earn a Super Bowl ring. In 2004 Hofstra honored D'Amato with the Joseph M. Margiotta Distinguished Service Award.