It's every kid's dream who has ever played high school football to one day get the call, and be playing on the world's biggest stage -- the NFL.

According to, one former Danbury High School standout's dream is now within his grasp.

I watched Austin Colitro grow up here in Danbury, playing both Football and Baseball, and given his ability and his talent at a young age, I'm not surprised that he's gone so far during his collegiate career.

A standout on the gridiron for the Danbury Hatters for four seasons, Austin choose Villanova to play his collegiate football. The 6' 1'', 247 lb. linebacker started out on special teams before becoming a defensive starter, team captain, and now, an all-American.

Now, here's where the road to the NFL starts for Austin. He was recently selected to play in the annual East-West Shrine Bowl -- the college all-star game, which showcases many of the best college football players in the country, including many future NFL stars. He's also not messing around when it comes to getting connected with his ultimate dream. Calitro has already secured an agent, and is in California training with other college players preparing for his big chance which is happening Jan. 21 in St. Petersburg, Florida.

He's also trying to land an invitation to the NFL scouting combine taking place in Indianapolis in late February.

During his Villanova career, Calitro played in 48 games, recorded 220 tackles, including 26 for a loss, and 8.5 sacks. He was also responsible for forcing three fumbles and intercepted two passes, one of which he returned for a touchdown.

I'm sure you'll join me in wishing Austin good luck in his quest to take his career to the next level.

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