Sport: Death of an Iron Man

Villanova College on Philadelphia's Main Line has only a small (10,000 seats) stadium of its own, but it takes its football in deadly earnest. This year it won five out of eight games on a rugged road schedule that included Army, Alabama, Kentucky, Houston, Boston College and Louisiana State. The player who helped Villanova snap back each Saturday was its 60-minute iron man, Co-Captain Domenic ("Nick") Liotta, a steamrolling (5 ft. 11 in., 220 Ibs.) guard from Everett, Mass.

Nick was popular and a paradox. On the surface, he was a roughhewn hellion, who prided himself in dressing sloppily, once showed...

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