New Roads lost a great athlete and civic leader. Sammy Grezaffi, one of the most accomplished kick returners for the LSU Tigers, passed away on June 29, 2012.
Sammy was a 1964 graduate of Catholic of Pointe Coupee and his #20 football jersey was retired in honor of his outstanding talent and contribution to our athletic program. The CHSPC’s athletic facility was re-named in his honor. A quote of Sammy’s “Pay the Price of a Champion” is printed on the sign above the field house door.
Grezaffi set or tied three LSU records: the first 100-yard kickoff return in school history; the LSU record for most punt returns in a single game; and an LSU record of 41 punt returns for 369 yards that still ranks ninth in LSU history. His career total of 905 career punt return yards still ranks fourth in Tiger annals.