Waverly High School football player’s legacy will live on in others after fatal car crash

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A member of the Waverly High School football team was killed in a car accident earlier this month, and was honored by his teammates today.

Paul Girolamo, 16, died in a car accident  when he lost control of his vehicle, causing him to hit a telephone pole.  

A big part of Girolamo’s life was football. 

“Every time I saw Pauly, it’s football. He’d bring it up in some way,” his team member said. 

The team has been working on raising funds and awareness for The Wounded Warriors Project, a charity for injured veterans that was close to Girolamo’s heart. 

“The Wounded Warrior Project was something Paul was a real big supporter of. He was really excited about these jerseys and the game. It will certainly be something we play in his honor,” one team mate said. 

Pete Girolamo, Paul’s father and assistant coach, partnered up with the Wounded Warriors project. Wednesday afternoon the team gathered to show off their new Wounded Warrior Jerseys, while playing tribute to Girolamo, and his jersey number 44. 

“Paul was a great friend, a great teammate, and we are definitely going to play for him this year and it’s all going to go to him. This year we are all going to support him, and play for him,” another team member said. 

Waverly High School football players are still trying to wrap their head around the tragedy. 
 
“It’s hard for me, I play in Pauly’s position now,” one player said. “It’s been difficult for me to call the plays. Every time I step on the field, he’s in my mind. I feel like I play better because I want to live up to his potential, and he would have wanted me to. t doesn’t seem real still.” 
 
Pete Girolamo  has one message. 
 
“We tell them don’t do it for Paul, do it because that’s what Paul would want you to do.”

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