New Hampshire Football Report

Yukica Profile: Bobby DiCicco

NOTE: The 2020 Joe Yukica New Hampshire Chapter of the National Football Foundation Scholar/Athlete banquet was cancelled this year because of COVID-19. Each Scholar/Athlete will be recognized with a commemorative program, a plaque and a personal profile that will appear in the program, on the New Hampshire Football Report, the Joe Yukica/New Hampshire Chapter web site ( and the Joe Yukica/New Hampshire Chapter Facebook page. This is one in a series of 39 profiles. Once published, each profile can be accessed by clicking on the athlete’s name at the bottom of the page.

Windham High School

Bobby DiCicco was Windham High School’s swiss-army knife last season, particularly on defense. DiCicco was listed as a linebacker, but he was much more than that.

“I think Bobby might be the most versatile guy we’ve had in the last 10 years,” Windham coach Jack Byrne said. “He’s played every position on defense. We gave him one position, but we were able to tweak the defense based on him this year and play kind of a 10-man defense and then, ‘What can we have Bobby do?

“You can get creative with game plans because he can do anything. He could play nose one play, and deep-half safety the next play — and he was good at it. He could do anything.”

DiCicco’s versatility wasn’t limited to defense, either. He played on the offensive line for most of his high school career, but was a 6-foot-1, 210-pound running back as a senior. He was a two-year captain for the Jaguars, and made the Honor Roll in each semester of high school. Those qualities, plus his extensive community service, made DiCicco one of 39 NHIAA football players to earn the Scholar/Athlete Award as selected by the Joe Yukica New Hampshire Chapter of the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame.

Here’s what DiCicco put on his application for the Scholar/Athlete Award where he was asked to list his position: running back, tackle, guard, tight end, wide receiver, linebacker, safety, noseguard, defensive end and outside linebacker.

“I think defense is where his game comes natural, but he’s just a football player,” Byrne said. “He’s a guy you want on your team for sure.”

DiCicco scored two touchdowns — one on a 12-yard run and another on a 45-yard fumble recovery — in Byrne’s first victory as Windham’s head coach, a 35-7 win over Manchester Memorial last season.

Although DiCicco could play any number of positions in this summer’s CHaD New Hampshire East/West All-Star Game, Byrne said he expects DiCicco to line up somewhere on the defensive side of the ball. DiCicco’s career statistics include 329 tackles, 27 sacks and seven interceptions.

“If you need to count on someone making a big, exciting play, he’s definitely a guy I can see doing that,” Byrne said. “He’s got the highlight film for sure.

“He’s another one who can do the work, but he understands it takes hard work even if you are really smart. You have to appreciate the gifts you have, and he definitely does that.”

Q and A with Bobby DiCicco

Q: Please describe the most memorable moment of your high school football career. 

A: The most memorable moment of my high school football career was when we defeated Salem and Pinkerton. It proved we could hang in Division I.

Q: Tell us about someone who has had a significant influence on your life.

A: Someone who has had a significant impact on my life with regard to football is my cousin Daniel, who was recruited by the University of Wisconsin.

Q: What is your favorite subject in school and why?

A: My favorite subject in school is calculus because I’ve always been good at math.

Q: What life lessons have you learned from football? 

A: Selflessness, unity and the importance of hard work are some of the lessons I’ve learned from football.

Q: What is your dream job? 

A: My dream job is to be a stockbroker or financial advisor so I can help people, including myself, suceed.


2020 Scholar/Athletes: Keith Albergo (Winnacunnet), Thatcher Allen (Exeter), Cole Ames (Lebanon)Mason Belsky (Windham), Patrick Brust (Bishop Brady)Jaedon Cliche (Exeter), Riley Desmarais (Windham), Bobby DiCicco (Windham), Jared Dyer (Merrimack), Casey Gladu (Portsmouth), Owen Gormley (Salem), Jack Grogan (Bedford), Steven Guerette (Bow)Evan Haskins (Pelham), Samson Hodges (Milford), Ethan Holt (Bishop Guertin), Jack Jones (Bedford), Charlie Kneissl-Williams (Bedford), Hunter Lassard (St. Thomas), Joseph Lupo (Bishop Guertin), Jake MacInnis (Pinkerton)Braden McDonnell (Nashua South), Will MacLean (St. Thomas), Hayden Moses (Bishop Guertin), Riley Mulvey (Salem), Kyle O’Connor (Nashua South), Nolan Pafford (Portsmouth), Wade Rainey (Lebanon), Ismael Rivera (Bishop Brady), Oceanne Skoog (Newfound), Caleb Smith (Lebanon), Rolando Sylvain-Stott (Newfound), John Thibault (Trinity), Zach Twardosky (Merrimack), Gavin Urda (Milford), Carter Vedrani (Campbell), Jacob Wenger (Trinity), Jon Willeman (Lebanon) and Devin Wood (Merrimack).

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