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Athletic Hall of Fame

David Cidale

David Cidale


At Rochester:

  • Played offense, defense and special teams for the Yellowjackets
  • Led the freshman team in rushing yards as a running back
  • His sophomore year he was the starting wingback and punt and kickoff returner
  • Junior year he played both ways, starting at halfback and cornerback
  • Captained the team his senior year, performing defense and special team duties
  • Also a member of the track and field team, where he threw javelin for two years
  • Placed first in the javelin throw twice at the University of Buffalo Invitational Track and Field Meet
  • Holds the Rochester record for throwing the “old style” javelin


  • Joined the US Air Force as a pilot, flying the F-4 Phantom out of Bitburg, Germany
  • Continued his football career as a running back for the base team which went undefeated (11-0-0) and won the US Air Force Football Championship of Europe
  • Rushed for 1100 yards, scored 11 touchdowns and was selected the League’s Most Valuable Player of the Year
  • Played Rugby for the National Rugby Club of Luxembourg
  • After active military duty, with a background in aviation, Cidale flew the F-16 Falcon with the New York Air National Guard
  • Owned an aerial fish spotting business, flew commercially for Eastern Airlines, and completed his career flying internationally for Federal Express
  • Currently flies his own aircraft in a voluntary capacity for the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary over the Great Lakes
  • Resides in Grand Island, NY with the former U of R cheerleader and tennis player, Lynne Hall Blanchard