Born out of Oceanside, New York, Fabrizio Scaccia is in the process of finishing up a fresh new year with the Arizona Rattlers. The road most football players take is playing in high school, college, and finally professional, but Scaccia had a unique story compared to others. His journey started at St. Lucie West Centennial High School in Port St. Lucie, Florida where he was a dual sport letterman in football and in soccer for four years (2000-2003). Scaccia to this day holds the longest field goal (51-yards) at Lucie West Centennial high school and during his senior year he earned First-Team All-State Honors. His kicking ability was quickly recognized by all, in fact, he was offered a football scholarship from University of South Carolina, but turned it down due to personal reasons. That, however, didn’t stop his football journey. He went on to play for the Arizona Rattlers in 2010, as well as the Sacramento Lions, Iowa Barnstormers, and the Jacksonville Sharks. But did Scaccia stop there? No. On December 21, 2010, Scaccia’s dream of playing in the National Football League (NFL) came true. He was invited to try out for the San Francisco 49ers and was signed immediately. “Running out of the Mercedes Superdome tunnel in New Orleans for my first NFL game vs. the Saints was the most memorable moment for me. Having not played college football and still making it all the way to the NFL was really special,” said Scaccia. Today, Scaccia has the chance to help his Rattlers win their fourth consecutive championship title and be part of AFL history.
Q: What are your favorite hobbies?
SCACCIA: My favorite hobbies include the following; spending time with my daughter Gabriella, playing soccer, and playing the Xbox One.
Q: Who is your biggest inspiration?
SCACCIA: My mother is my biggest inspiration. She raised me and my brother without my dad being around too much. It’s not easy raising two boys and we turned out to be two respectful gentlemen because of her.
Q: What is your favorite TV Show to watch on your downtime?
SCACCIA: I would have to say, Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.
Q: What was your favorite sports team growing up?
SCACCIA: I would have to say, the Phoenix Suns. I’m a big Charles Barkley fan.
Q: What was your favorite moment outside of sports?
SCACCIA: The birth of my daughter, Gabriella.