After a breakout junior season at Cornell, David D’Amelio recently wrapped up his final season for the Big Red football team. Although the team overall felt like they underachieved on the year, finishing 3-7, D’Amelio finished up his career as a leader on and off the field.
D’Amelio’s most memorable game in 2018 came Week 4 against Harvard. The Crimson’s run defense was nationally ranked coming into the tilt, but Cornell was able to score twice and rack up a total of 155 yards on the ground on their way to a 28-25 come from behind victory.
The junior season of D’Amelio’s will always be his most memorable. He was able to start all 10 games on the offensive line that season, and he was one of the stars on the team. His dependability led to one of the best rushing seasons of the last decade for Cornell. He played a huge part in all of their wins, including snapping a losing streak to that same Harvard team he played against this year. He leaves Cornell as one of the very few in recent memory from Cornell who can say they’ve beaten Harvard multiple times.
It was a long journey for David Damelio to go from a kid with a profile on hudl, to scout teamer, to dependable starter. A native of Naples, Florida, he got off the plane at the airport his freshman year not knowing what to expect in the Ivy League athletically and academically. After working hard and seeing no time on varsity his first two years, the work paid off in a big way for his final two years. He was able to start just about every game in his final two seasons.
Post graduation, D’Amelio hopes to have a career in business. He knows that things will not be handed to him, and he will have to continually work hard to have success in his field. The hard work and the payoff in football should prepare him well for what the future holds. His parents are also supporting him as he prepares for the next chapter in his life off the gridiron.
In his spare time, likes to give back to not only the community around Ithaca at college, but in his hometown of Naples, Florida as well. He recently made a donation in money and time to feed the less fortunate in his hometown while visiting for the holidays.
Football might be in the rearview mirror for D’Amelio, but he understands that it will always play a role in his life. He hasn’t ruled out coaching or instructing in the future. He also knows that in the business world, a 6’3″, almost 300 pound guy is pretty much going to demand attention. What he does with that attention will play a big role in how his career in business will go. His track record as a hard worker and one who pushes through the challengers should put him in a great situation when it is all said and done.