Tony Fiammetta is a fullback for the Carolina Panthers, who selected him with the 128th overall pick in the fourth round of the 2009 NFL Draft. Fiammetta attended Syracuse University, where he played for four seasons. Due to his versatility, Fiammetta was the only senior from Syracuse's 2008 squad to earn an invitation to the NFL Combine. Fiammetta is 6 feet tall, and weighs 246 pounds.
Prep Career
Tony Fiammetta was a letterman in football, wrestling, and lacrosse at Walkersville High School in Walkersville, MD. He rushed for 499 yards and 12 touchdowns during his high school career; he also competed in the 215-pound weight class as a wrestler, and appeared as a midfielder on the lacrosse team. Fiammetta suffered a broken left leg in the second football game of his senior season at Walkersville, and as a result, was not heavily recruited out of high school.
College Career
Fiammetta was a jack of all trades at Syracuse, making appearances at fullback, tight end, and H-back. He redshirted in 2004, but started making contributions on special teams as a freshman. Although he did not often touch the ball during his career at Syracuse, he was often described by his coaches as having intangibles that made him indispensable on offense. As a senior, Fiammetta was a team captain for the Orange. He hauled in a reception for the game-winning score in Syracuse's victory over Louisville, his lone career touchdown. Fiammetta's blocking was also a key factor in the strong season of his roommate, senior tailback Curtis Brinkley. Brinkley set a school record for most consecutive 100-yard rush games in a season with 5, and finished 2008 with 1,164 rush yards.
NFL Career
Fiammetta was selected in the fourth round (128th overall) of the 2009 NFL Draft by the Carolina Panthers. Before the 2009 season, Fiammetta signed a four-year contract with Carolina.
Tony Fiammetta's given name is Placido Anthony Fiammetta. He and his wife Alicia had their first son, Vincent, in October 2008. Fiammetta's father, Vinnie, spent 21 years as a U.S. Marine, retiring with the rank of lieutenant colonel. More recently, Vinnie worked as a private defense contractor in Afghanistan, training commandos in counter-insurgency operations.