NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. - Richard Policastro, a big-armed quarterback and gifted athlete who passed his way into the Rutgers record book and the university's Athletics Hall of Fame, has died. He was 72.
He passed away Saturday after suffering a massive stroke earlier in the week, according to a report from the university.
Policastro is survived by his wife Lynda, daughter Debbie, son-in-law Frank, son Richie, daughter-in-law Leyla and three grandchildren – Frankie, Abby Rose and Santino. He also leaves behind a brother, Joe Policastro and sister, Valerie Fritz.
Policastro was a first-team All-East selection in 1969. He tossed 14 touchdown passes that season and led the Scarlet Knights to a 29-0 victory over Princeton in the nationally-televised Centennial Game, celebrating the 100th anniversary of college football.
A year earlier, in his first season after transferring from Virginia Military Institute, Policastro established six passing marks - 15 touchdown passes, 994 yards, four TD passes in a game, 17 completions and 30 pass attempts in a game, and 309 yards in a game. In 1969, the Highland Park native threw a record five TD passes against Colgate.
Policastro, who lived in Edison, was a longstanding committee member of the Rutgers University Football Letterwinners Association, according to mycentraljersey.com.
Mourners may visit with the family at the DeMarco Funeral Home, 2005 Rhode Hall Road, Monroe Township, on Wednesday, Jan. 15 from 3-8 p.m. and Thursday, Jan. 16 from 8-9 a.m. Funeral mass will held on Thursday at 10 a.m. at St. Mary of Mt. Virgin on 198 Sandford St. in New Brunswick.