American Football Database
Rock Perdoni
Date of birth: (1947-12-10) December 10, 1947 (age 74)
Place of birth: Italy
Career information
CFL status: Import
Position(s): Tackle
High school: Wellesley (MA)
Career highlights and awards
  • Consensus All-American (1970)
  • Sun Bowl Most Valuable Player (1970)
  • Nils V. Nelson Sportsmanship Award (1970)
  • Third-team All-American (1969)
  • National Junior College Lineman of the Year (1968)

Renso Guido Perdoni (born December 10, 1947), nicknamed Rock Perdoni, is an American former football player who was a consensus All-American tackle for the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets football team. Afterward, Perdoni played professionally for three seasons in the Canadian Football League (CFL).

Early years

Perdoni was born in Italy, near Milan.[1] Perdoni moved to the United States with his family when he was 6 years old.[2] He grew up in Wellesley, Massachusetts, where he attended Wellesley High School and played for the Wellesley Raiders high school football team.[1]

College career

Ferrum College

Perdoni initially attended Ferrum College, which was then a two-year junior college, located in Ferrum, Virginia, where he played lineman for the Ferrum Panthers football team from 1967 to 1968. As a second-year starter in 1968, he was a team captain and standout lineman for the Ferrum Panthers team that won the National Junior College Athletic Association national championship. He was recognized as the national junior college lineman of the year in 1968.[3]

Georgia Tech

After completing his sophomore year at Ferrum, Perdoni transferred to Georgia Tech in Atlanta, Georgia.[3] He was a two-year starter at defensive tackle for coach Bud Carson's Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets in 1969 and 1970.[4] Memorably, in 1969, he had ten-tackle performance in which his pass rush contributed to four interceptions in the Yellow Jackets' 6–0 upset of the Georgia Bulldogs.[3] He was named a third-team All-American by the Associated Press following his 1969 junior season.[5]

As a senior team captain in 1970, he was a key member of the Yellow Jackets team that compiled a 9–3 record, and had 13 tackles in the Jackets' 17–9 victory over the Texas Tech Red Raiders in the December 1970 Sun Bowl.[4][6] Following his senior season, he was a finalist for the first annual Lombardi Award, honoring the best college lineman of the year,[2] and he was recognized as a consensus first-team All-American in 1970, when he received first-team honors from the Associated Press (AP), the America Football Coaches Association (AFCA), Central Press Association (CPA), the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA), United Press International (UPI), Football News, The Sporting News and the Walter Camp Foundation.[4][7]

Perdoni was inducted into the Georgia Tech Sports Hall of Fame in 1979.[4] As of 2013, he still ranks among the top ten Georgia Tech linemen for career tackles, with 210.[4]

Professional career

After his college career, he signed with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers of the Canadian Football League, and he played the defensive tackle position for the Blue Bombers and Hamilton Tiger-Cats during the 1971 season.[8] He also played for the Edmonton Eskimos in 1972, and the Saskatchewan Roughriders in 1972 and 1973.[8] During his three-season CFL career, Perdoni played in 32 regular season games.[9]

See also


  1. 1.0 1.1 Associated Press, "Italian Farm Boy Wins Nelson Award," The Day, p. 17 (December 9, 1970). Retrieved August 28, 2014.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Mickey Herskowitz, "Herskowitz: Georgia Tech's ramblin' Rock tells of love, life, Lombardi," Houston Chronicle (December 8, 2004). Retrieved August 28, 2014.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Associated Press, "Perdoni is Lineman," Gadsden Times, p. 13 (December 3, 1969). Retrieved August 28, 2014.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 2013 Georgia Tech Football Information Guide, Georgia Tech Athletic Association, Atlanta, Georgia, pp. 15, 170, 171, 174, 178, 182, 184, 198 (2013). Retrieved August 28, 2014.
  5. Herschel Nissenson, "Owens, Reid Pace AP All-America," The Troy Record, p. 36 (December 5, 1969). Retrieved August 28, 2014. - via
  6. Associated Press, "Jackets' Perdoni Played Despite His Injured Rib," Spartanburg Herald, p. 25 (December 21, 1970). Retrieved August 28, 2014.
  7. 2014 NCAA Football Records Book, Award Winners, National Collegiate Athletic Association, Indianapolis, Indiana, pp. 3, 7, 14 (2014). Retrieved August 28, 2014.
  8. 8.0 8.1, Players A–Z. Retrieved August 28, 2014.
  9. Just Sports Stats, Football, Rock Perdoni. Retrieved August 28, 2014.