- Steve Bellisari
Infobox Gridiron football person
team=New Orleans Voodoo
DateOfBirth=birth date and age|1980|4|21
Boca Raton, Florida
NFLDraftedTeam=St. Louis Rams
St. Louis Rams Dayton Warbirds Manchester Wolves Kansas City Brigade* New Orleans VooDoo:*Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Steve Bellisari (born
April 21, 1980 in Boca Raton, Florida) is an American football quarterbackfor the New Orleans VooDooof the Arena Football League. Bellisari is best known as an Ohio State UniversityBuckeye from 1998 to 2001.
special teamsplayer and a defensive backhis first year, replaced Joe Germaineas the Ohio State starting quarterback in 1999. He had a stellar prep career at Boca Raton High School, but was injured and could not complete the first game of his senior year, being sacked by the Olympic Heights defensive tackleDavid Rudy.
In contrast to the accurate Germaine, Bellisari is remembered for a tendency to throw interceptions. In truth, Bellisari's interception rate was only 3.82%, lower than more highly appreciated Ohio State quarterbacks
Art Schlichter, Mike Tomczak, Greg Frey, or Bobby Hoying. Bellisari experienced an increasingly controversial tenure as Ohio State's starting quarterback, culminating in a two-game suspension at the end of his senior season following an arrestfor drunk driving. He was re-instated to travel with the team to the Outback Bowlagainst South Carolina, where he finished his career as a substitute, leading Ohio State back from a large deficit to tie the game before giving up an interception that allowed South Carolina to kick a winning field goal.
Bellisari was drafted by the
St. Louis Ramsin the 2002 NFL Draftand converted to safety. After being out of football, in 2005 Bellisari played for the Dayton Warbirdsof the NIFL, an indoor football league, and later moved up to the Manchester Wolvesin the second half of the 2005 af2 season, leading them into the playoffs with four straight victories to finish out the year. Seldom turning the ball over in his stay with the Wolves, he was intercepted while the Wolves attempted to kick the game-winning field goal in their 40-39 playoff loss to the Florida Firecats.
* [http://www.arenafootball.com/ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=3500&ATCLID=743931&Q_SEASON=2007 Bellisari's New Orleans VooDoo bio]
* [http://www.arenafan.com/players/?page=players&player=5198 AFL stats]
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