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Sam Bombiani

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Sam Bombiani was nicknamed “the Bomber” mainly because he was both explosive and exciting as a football player for the Bridgers in the late 1940s. Sam was a four year starter at Ambridge from 1945 to 1948, scoring 34 touchdowns and running for 748 yards, with an average scoring run of 22 yards. Only three of those touchdown runs came inside the five yard line. An outstanding kickoff and punt returner, Sam went to St Mary’s College in California. In a freshman game against San Francisco, he carried the ball six times for six touchdowns. In his sophomore year against Southern California, he returned the opening kickoff 98 yards for a touchdown, only to have it nullified by an offside penalty. Undaunted, Sam returned the next kick 96 yards for a touchdown. St Mary’s dropped their football program after that year, and Sam began to pursue boxing. He compiled a 31-6 record as an amateur and won the Pacific Coast Lightweight title in 1952 and made the semifinals of the National AAU tournament in Boston that year. Sam turned pro and won the Alabama featherweight and lightweight crowns. He retired in 1958 due to a recurring back injury with a lifetime record of 20-3-5.