Football Player Anthony Bottoni Dies in Automobile Collision

Anthony Bottoni, a starting offensive guard on the Cardinals’ football team, was killed in an automobile collision in Summit, N. J., on Dec. 28, 1999. He was 20.

Bottoni, a 6-foot, 277-pound junior, started all 22 games at right guard for CUA the past two seasons. Last year he played a key role in the Cards’ school record for season rushing yardage with 2,044 (204.4 ypg) and helped CUA rank No. 7 in the nation in scoring offense (40.1 ppg), No. 7 in total offense (481.5 ypg) and No. 24 in passing offense (277.1 ypg). He played on three consecutive NCAA Division III playoff teams that posted an overall record of 29-4 (.879).

Coach Tom Clark told the Washington Post that Bottoni was a team leader who would have been a captain next season.

"One kid seldom has an impact over a large group, but this kid did," Clark said. "He actively pursued relationships with all the players on the team. He was beloved by the coaching staff."

Bottoni was a highly decorated performer in football, basketball and track at Watchung Hills Regional High School in his hometown of Warren, N.J. He was an honor roll student and class vice president prior to graduating in 1997. He saw action at right guard for the Cardinals as a freshman until a stress fracture in his right foot ended his season in game six at Div. 1-AA La Salle. It was on his side that Andrew Notarfrancesco rushed for the game-winning touchdown in overtime at Albright to send Catholic to the 1998 NCAA playoffs.

Bottoni, a member of the Student Athlete Advisory Committee at CUA, was majoring in human resource management. He was the son of Louis and Alida Bottoni and would have turned 21 on Jan. 30. He was buried on Dec. 31.

A memorial service will be held on campus Jan. 15, at 7:00 p.m. in St. Vincent's chapel.