Name: Joe Merilli
High school: Altoona
College: Penn State
My favorite sport: Football
I usually attend games with: My daughter, Miranda, and my brother, Greg.
Favorite high school team: Bishop Guilfoyle
Favorite college team: Notre Dame
Favorite pro team: Miami Dolphins
My favorite sports memory: The BG softball team of 2008 winning a District 6 title.
The local athlete I’ve most enjoyed watching while growing up: My brother, Ron, was an offensive lineman at Altoona from 1972-74.
My all-time favorite local coach: Al Klausman
The most famous athlete I ever met: Jason Taylor of the Dolphins.
My most prized autograph or picture is of: An autographed photo of Dan Marino and Bob Griese.
If I have a claim to fame as a fan, it would be: Last year I went to six home Miami Dolphins games.
If I were the boss of local sports, the one rule I would enforce would be: Let the kids play and keep the parents in the stands.
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