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Hall of Fame Spotlight

Anthony Consigli

Anthony Consigli doesn't think he was a great athlete, but his work ethic landed him in the Milford High School Hall of Fame. It's a work ethic that he says was instilled in him by his father, Henry.
"He gave me the character that allowed me to succeed," Consigli said. "That was all I had, I was not a great athlete. Whatever I got, I got from working harder and that came from him."
Working harder produced some impressive results for the 1985 MHS graduate. Consigli earned four varsity letters in football, playing as a tackle on the defensive line and a center on offense. During his junior year, he was part of the 1983 undefeated Super Bowl Champion Scarlet Hawks team.
"I loved that team because we were not expected to do much, but I think that was the closest team I had ever been on in terms of people just working together and supporting each other," he said. "It was a great feeling from that standpoint."
Milford ran the table through the regular season, but Consigli remembers an uneasy feeling heading into the Super Bowl against a heavily favored Leominster team.
"We were the underdogs," he recalled. "At that point, we were confident, but at the same time we knew Leominster was, at least on paper, a better team. I think that certainly motivated us. We wanted to show everybody we were as good as our record showed."
Milford showed just that by beating the Blue Devils to win the title under head coach Dennis Breen. After earning multiple all-star honors during his senior season in 1984, Consigli went on to play at Harvard and was named captain of the freshman football team. He earned three varsity letters and started at center for the 1987 Ivy League Championship team. He also earned second-team All-Ivy League honors during his senior year.
Consigli also stood out on the wrestling mat. At Milford, he started at 187 lbs. as a sophomore on the 1983 state championship team. He served as a team captain in both his junior and senior years, and went undefeated during dual meets as a senior in the heavyweight division, finishing his career in style with a sectional title. Consigli took up wrestling again at Harvard, and started at heavyweight as a junior. He was chosen to represent Boston-area colleges as a member of a cultural exchange team that spent two weeks competing in Japan.
After his father, Consigli is quick to credit his high school coaches - Breen, Nick Zacchilli, and John Dagnese - and college coaches - Dick Corbin and Joe Restic, both of whom had strong Milford ties. 
"They all had very different styles, but I never once doubted that they had my best interests at heart," he said.
Consigli also said the town of Milford played a big role in his athletic success.
"Milford is a wonderful place to grow up, I think it's a special place and I didn't appreciate it at the time, but I do now," he said. "I appreciated the town for allowing me to develop what it would take for me to succeed. It certainly had a blue-collar edge at the time, but that's what I needed in order to make it."




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