Valerio (Val) Jansante, a native and
resident of Bentleyville, played football and basketball at Bentleyville
High School and won a full scholarship to Duquesne University, where he
played on football teams that won 17 games in a row before he entered
the U.S. Navy in 1943.
Jansante transferred to Villanova University where he continued his
football career and played against a team known as the Steegles, a
combination of Steelers and Philadelphia Eagles' players. He later
played in Oakland, California for a team known as Fleet City.
He started his National Football League career with the Steelers in 1946
and played six seasons as a starting end, being namedd to the All-League
team in 1947. He led the team in pass receptions for five consecutive
Jansante ended his NFL career with the Green Bay Packers and later was a
high school teacher and coach at Bentleyville, Pittsburgh Central
Catholic, Mon Valley Catholic and Bentworth.