Following an outstanding junior season on the Greenwich High School football team, Tysen Comizio was selected as one of the captains for the 2018 season for the leadership and work ethic he consistently displayed on and off the field.
The National Strength and Conditioning Association has also recognized the dedication Comizio puts into the sport.
The NSCA recently announced that Comizio was one of its 2018 All-American Athlete of the Year Award recipients. The award recognizes Comizio’s athletic accomplishments and his dedication to strength and conditioning. Just over 50 players received the award out of a large group of applicants. Comizio was nominated by Pat Mediate, an assistant coach on the Greenwich football team and an NCSA trainer.
Greenwich football coach John Marinelli wasn’t surprised that Comizio received such a prestigious award.
“He met all the criteria with what he does in the classroom and on the field,” Marinelli said. “He has been incredible from Day 1. Tysen has turned himself into a tremendous athlete and leader of our program. That’s why he was chosen as one of the captains of our team. He encompasses what we want all of our kids to do on and off the field.”
Not many people knew about Comizio prior to the Cardinals’ 2017 season, but they sure found out quickly. The 5-foot-11, 190-pound Comizio rushed for 1,379 yards with 20 touchdowns. He also caught 34 passes for 382 yards and four touchdowns for Greenwich, which advanced to the championship game of the CIAC Class LL Tournament.
“Tysen is one of our best weapons on the offensive side of the ball,” Marinelli said. “He can do all three things — run, catch the ball out of the backfield and block. Those aspects come effortlessly for him, since his days when he played for the Glenville Mavericks in the GYFL. He is a great teammate, a great student and we love his work ethic.”
Comizio, whose father was a running back at Penn, has received offers from Penn and Brown and recently visited Colgate, Monmouth, Yale and Holy Cross.
“No one deserved to have the type of junior season he had more than Tysen,” Marinelli said. “He was one of the leaders of our team, who helped turn our team around. This fall, he will be one of the players to watch, he won’t be an unknown player and he is determined to stay on top.”