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February 4, 2013

Viva la Scibilia

Former Starpoint, Brockport QB is playing pro ball in Europe.

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Viva la Scibilia!
Former Starpoint and Brockport football star Joe Scibilia of North Tonawanda is about to begin his professional football career in Europe.
Scibilia, the son of Mike and Cindy Scibilia, is currently training with the Daughins de Nice football club of the European Football League, in preparation for their Feb. 16 opener.
Scibilia was a outstanding quarterback for head coach Al Cavagnaro’s Spartans (2006-08) and then head coach Rocco Salomone’s Golden Eagles at Brockport (2009-12), before getting a big phone call just a few months ago near the end of his record-breaking senior season.
“There was two weeks left in the season at Brockport and my coach called me in and said, ‘This team in France is looking at signing you.’ “
After getting details of the job offer, Scibilia decided to go, flying out to France on Jan. 3, where he’ll be the Dauphins’ starting QB. His American roommate, Pete Mattingly (former Butler outside linebacker), also work together as football coaches on the Dauphins’ cadet (ages 14-16) and junior (17-19) teams.
“Yeah, we get paid good,” Scibilia said, while describing the weather in southern France this week as “very nice” with temperatures in the 50s and 60s. “It’s great here. It’s still a little bit of an adjustment in some ways. They’re more laid back. The stores close early and so do places to get food. Pete and I are always hungry late at night and there’s nothing open past 8 p.m.”
Communication with coaches and teammates is pretty good as well, Scibilia said.
“All the other guys on the team are French. They just call me ‘Joe.’ Everyone speaks pretty good English, but some words they don’t know or I don’t know and we have to figure what what we’re trying to say to each other,” Scibilia said.

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