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Five Things to Know: Jan. 18

On the heels of a thrilling football weekend that's set up one local team in the conference championships, "Five Things" turns toward the NFL.

For Stamford fans of the NFL, the playoff games held over the weekend that set up the AFC and NFC championship games were among top news items and certainly will form much of today's water cooler conversation. For today's "5 Things," we turn to the NFL as we anticipate Sunday match-ups between the Pittsburgh Steelers and New York Jets, and the Chicago Bears and Green Bay Packers. Football fans of today's game weighed in all week on Patch's new "" feature, some of them vociferously, either on video or in print. Most of Stamford knows that Andy Robustelli, the great New York Giants end, was born in their city. In fact, he's just one of 10 city natives to play in the league. Let's sample his company for today's "5 Things to Know":

  1. Stamford native: Tony Brown, an offensive tackle who graduated Stamford Catholic and the University of Pittsburgh, was born July 11, 1964. He played in five NFL seasons between 1987 and 2009, for the Buffalo Bills, Caroline Panthers and Tennessee Titans.
  2. Stamford native: J. Fred "Butch" Dugan, born May 12, 1934, played as an offensive end in six NFL seasons between 1958 and 1963, for San Francisco, Dallas and Washington.
  3. Stamford native: Thomas "Bo" Hickey, born Oct. 7, 1945, a fullback from Stamford Catholic, attended the University of Maryland and played in 1967 for the AFL's Denver Broncos, averaging 3.6 yards rushing and 5.1 yards receiving over a dozen games.
  4. Stamford native: Daniel William Sileo, a nose tackle born Jan. 3, 1964, played in 10 games for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 1987.
  5. Stamford natives: Rounding out the list are Matthew Brennan, Paul Kuczo, John Scalzi, Richard Swatland and Thomas Wilson.

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