YORKTOWN, N.Y. – Yorktown’s Eddie Capone recently finished his senior season playing for the Section 1 Class A finalist Husker football squad.
Capone was a captain both his junior and senior years for the Yorktown football team. He played offensive guard and outside linebacker.
He got called up to the varsity football team his freshman year, around when the playoffs started. He earned All-League honors his junior season.
Capone was a member of the 2017 squad that finished 13-1 and played in the state Class A championship game at the Carrier Dome in Syracuse.
Capone was on the North squad, along with Yorktown teammates Matteo Cermele, Ben Robinson and Dylan Smith, which defeated the South, 19-13, in the 2019 Exception Seniors Game at Clarkstown North High School on Sunday, Nov. 17.
Lakeland’s Jason Green and Landon Ruggieri were also members of the North team.
Your football coach, Mike Rescigno, recently resigned, after a highly successful 15-year career. What made him the coach that he was?
I could go on for hours talking about Coach “House.” He is one of the greatest men I’ve ever met.
His love for the players, coaches, and program were unmatched and he taught each and every one of us how to handle our business the right way, and most importantly what it takes to be men. House isn’t any ordinary coach.
He would die for each and every member of the team and would do absolutely anything to see us succeed. Bottom line, coach House changes people’s outlook on many different things and ultimately changes lives for the better.
How old were you when you started playing football and what got you started?
I started playing flag football when I was in second grade and started playing tackle football in third grade, but I’ve been involved in football ever since I was born. My father is a huge New York Jets fan and got me interested in football by watching Jet games and throwing the football around in the backyard with me.
What is your favorite thing about being on the football team at Yorktown?
The family bond we cultivated throughout the seasons we’ve played with each other. Each and every practice we establish our goals, grind together, and make memories that last for a lifetime.
Every member on every football team I’ve been a part of at Yorktown are my brothers for life and I wouldn’t want to live in another town other than Yorktown. It’s truly different here and I’ve never been a part of such hardworking and dedicated groups over my 10 years playing football.
What is your favorite team activity or pregame or postgame ritual that you share with your teammates? What about a personal pregame or postgame ritual?
One of my favorite team activities that I share with my teammates is something called, “the power circle.” Every Wednesday after practice, the entire team gets into a huge circle and does various amounts of workouts that my offensive coordinator, Coach [Jeff] Sniffen, demonstrates for us.
I love doing this because every member of the team must work out their absolute hardest in order to move on and eventually bring it up on the Y to end practice. It’s just one of the many things the coaching staff does to incorporate a team aspect into practice.
Come Wednesday, we all dread the power circle because it’s tough, but in the end, it brings us more together as a group and is ultimately why we love it more than we dread it.
A pregame ritual I have is I like to get my pads on in the JV locker room because I like to be a little more isolated in order to get my mind right.
Who has been your biggest role model over the years and what have you learned from them?
My biggest role models over the years have to be my parents. They’ve taught me that nothing in life will ever be handed to you, and you must work harder than everybody else in order to be successful.
Tell us one thing about yourself that not a lot of people know?
I’m a pretty decent artist. Occasionally I’ll sit and draw something just for the fun of it.
You recently decided that you are going to play lacrosse at Marist College. Why did you choose Marist?
The minute I met the coaches at Marist I knew it was the place for me. They treated me with a tremendous amount of respect and showed me love the first day Marist was eligible to talk to me, and that is something I will never take for granted.
Do you know what you want to study in college? If yes, what are you planning on studying and why?
I’m planning to major in financial management at Marist College. The reason for choosing to study this topic is every corporation in the world requires some sort of finance because this world revolves around money. So, honestly, picking finance to study was an easy decision for me.
Who is your favorite professional athlete and pro (or college) sports team?
My favorite professional athlete is Ray Lewis. His work ethic and desire to play the game of football will forever be unmatched.
My favorite professional sports team is the New York Jets. Even though we are going through some rough years I’ll always stay loyal to my team because I know they’ll figure it out one day.
What is your favorite music to listen to warming up for a game?
I don’t like listening to music before a game because in the game. You can’t hear music to hype you up. I like to channel my energy in sort of a more natural way, without listening to music, so I’ll be ready to go for game time.
If you could have one superpower, what would it be and why?
I would definitely choose to be able to teleport so I could go anywhere I want without wasting time and gas with driving.
If you could pick one place to visit on vacation that you’ve never been to, where would you go and why?
I would go to Italy to see my relatives I’ve never met before.
What is your favorite food to eat before or after a game?
I usually eat celery before a game just to get something in my system and get a little more hydration.
Best place to eat in Yorktown and why?
Hands down it’s got to be Oscar’s. Their food is phenomenal.
What’s the go-to app on your phone and why?
Instagram. That’s where I get all my news pretty much.
For a young athlete growing up in the Yorktown district, what would you tell them about the experience of being part of the football team and why should they go out for the team?
I would tell them that football is unlike any other sport in the world. In order to truly understand the impact of being on a football team has on an individual, you must be a part of it.
Football teaches you a tremendous amount of things about life while making so many memories with your best friends. There’s nothing better than that.