Phil Villapiano
Date of birth: (1949-02-26) February 26, 1949 (age 71)
Place of birth: Long Branch, New Jersey
Career information
Position(s): Linebacker
College: Bowling Green
NFL Draft: 1971 / Round: 2 / Pick 45
 As player:
Oakland Raiders
Buffalo Bills
Career highlights and awards
Pro Bowls: 1973, 1974, 1975, 1976
Playing stats at

Philip James Villapiano (born February 26, 1949 in Long Branch, New Jersey) is a former American football linebacker in the NFL. The 6-2 220-pound Villapiano played in four Pro Bowls and was a member of the Oakland Raiders Super Bowl XI winning team. Phil was Defensive AFC Rookie of the Year in 1971 and was an NFL Hall of Fame nominee.

Villapiano played college football at Bowling Green State University, and high school football at both Asbury Park High School and Ocean Township High School in Ocean Township, Monmouth County, New Jersey.[1] [2]

Phil is married and has three children; Andrea, Phil, and Michael. Michael is a QB at Brown University.

Phil has been in the International Logistics business for over thirty years, starting during offseasons while playing with the Raiders. Currently, Phil provides logistics solutions for domestic and international companies as Vice President of Sales for Odyssey Logistics & Technology, a global logistics leader, based in Danbury, CT.

A National Vice President with the Muscular Dystrophy Association, Phil founded the annual Phil Villapiano Field of Hope Gala sixteen years ago which has raised over $3 million for research being done at ALS Therapy Development Institute (ALS TDI) to find a cure for ALS. He received “The Jimmy V Don’t Ever Give Up Award” from the Jimmy Valvano Foundation in 2002 for the inspiration he gives to others.

Most recently, Phil and his friends founded The Foundation to Save the Jersey Shore ( which is a local community-based volunteer organization dedicated to raising funds to provide assistance to homeowners, businesses and communities adversely affected by Hurricane Sandy as they rebuild, recover, and renew their lives. A 501(c)(3) organization, the Foundation is committed to distributing every dollar raised to those homeowners, businesses and communities.


  1. Phil Villapiano, database Football. Accessed December 15, 2007.
  2. Harvin, Al. "An Offseason Game; New Jersey Sports", The New York Times, January 12, 1973. Accessed November 16, 2008. "Some of the other Jersey residents on the team, according to Davis, are Bob Tucker, the New York Giants' tight end from Lincroft; Phil Villapiano, Oakland Raider linebacker from Ocean Township, and Ron Johnson, Giant running back, now a resident of Fort Lee."

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