By Matt Noonan
CAMBRIDGE, MA – On Wednesday, Curry College wide receiver Rob Bambini was named this week’s Div. II/III Golden Helmet Award winner at the weekly New England Football Writers’ Gridiron Club of Greater Boston Luncheon at Harvard University.
Bambini caught four touchdowns last weekend against Western New England, which included the game-winning score with one second remaining that lifted the Colonels past the Golden Bears for their third win of the season.
The former Westwood Wolverine has been clutch this year for the Colonels, and following his team’s most recent tilt against WNEC, the athletic department and New England Football Conference reported that Bambini set program records in the following categories: receptions (181), receiving yards (2,537) and touchdowns (32).
Noontime Sports caught up with the wide receiver following the luncheon to talk about the award, as well as the season thus far.
Talk about this award. What does it mean to you?
“It means a lot to me. It’s definitely a big honor to accept this award, but I have to give a lot of credit to my teammates, especially my quarterback Kevin Fruwirth, who is fighting through a couple of injuries and he’s a warrior and threw for almost 400 yards [last week against Western New England College], five touchdowns, so he could easily be getting interviewed by you right now.”
What has been the key to your success over the past four seasons?
“Maturity. I only played one year [at Westwood High School], my senior year, so just learning about the game through every practice and just being around football every day, just [continuing to learn] life lessons, responsibility, and just being around the guys.”
Looking back to your senior year with Westwood, what did you learn the most from that one season?
“Coach Paul Hallion was a great coach, and he sped up the process of learning the game number wise and becoming a man on the field.”
Following your only season with the Wolverines, did you consider playing college football?
“I wanted to go to a bigger division, but Curry was the only school I got into except Framingham State, and I came here and fell in love with the coaches because they treat you like your own and fell in love with the program, so I stayed.”
Do you recall one moment or game that has helped with your maturity process?
“[During my] freshmen year we made the NEFC Championship, [but] we lost double-overtime to a Hail Mary pass, and this program has been a winning program from ’03-’07, they’ve won championships four years in a row, so I’m just trying to do my part for the alums and trying to get back to a championship to get them another one.”
Talk about your connection with Kevin. How has it improved since training camp?
“This is Kevin’s first year starting. I got hurt in preseason, so I didn’t play in the first two games, so we were unsure about how our connection would be, but it’s been good. He’s got a rocket arm, he’s got a great arm and he’s just tough. We get along on and off the field, we eat lunch and dinner together and just trying to get another championship for the Curry College program.”
From a receiving perspective, what do you have to do to help your offense earn a win on the road against Salve Regina?
“They have two great corners [Ryan Mannion and Phil Terio] and one of them leads the league in interceptions, two great safeties [Maxwell Shubert and Joshua Burnett], their front seven is tough, they’re a real good team and that’s why they’re 6-0, but we’re going to do in there and just play one play at a time and see by the end of the game what the score is.”
You aren’t the first NEFC player to win this award, so what does that say about the league?
“I feel the league is getting stronger, more people are getting recruited into this league that have serious talent and its fun. It’s fun to play against people that are serious about their talent and I’m glad I play for Curry College.”
Finally, what would it mean to you to end your college career with a championship?
“It would mean a lot for me. It’s my main goal. Awards are find, but to see the alums at every game cheering for me and seeing what they did in the past, some of them won four championships in four years, and I haven’t got one and this is my senior year, so I’m really going to try and bring another championship back to Curry.”