Anyone on campus during the years Paul Costa played for Notre Dame, especially his teammates, will recall that he was a man of prodigious physical gifts and, shall we say, occasional naughty behavior. Like another giant of a Notre Dame Football Player, (the always good guy Mike McCoy), Costa has become a Christian-oriented motivational speaker.
Costa came to Notre Dame with Jim Snowden and these two behemoths were both running backs! They were part of the Elephant Backfield, with Daryle Lamonica, in 1961. Paul and Jim flunked out of school and missed the 1962 season. When they came back for 1963, Costa was a little used running back and Snowden was a back-up defensive tackle.
After Ara arrived, and a lot of players found a new seat on the bus, Costa was a starting defensive end and Snowden was a starting offensive tackle for the 1964 National Championship Team……….(OK, we were not really the National Champs in 1964, but we were until a little over one minute remained on the clock in the SC game, and since the refs hosed us horribly on a phantom penalty which cost us a TD and several other bad calls, I’m calling this a National Championship, like the MacArthur Foundation did).
A lot of folks lost track of Paul after he finished his NFL career, so I thought I would pass along this bio from his Wikipedia entry:
Sebastian Paul Costa (born December 7, 1941 in Port Chester, New York) is a retired American football tight end. He played college football for the University of Notre Dame's Fighting Irish. The American Football League's Kansas City Chiefs drafted him in his junior year, 1964, and was traded to the AFL's Buffalo Bills for the 1965season. He won a starting job at tight end his rookie year with the Bills, and soon became an excellent tight end, being named an AFL All-Star in his first two seasons.
As a rookie, Costa averaged 19.1 yards per catch. For his career, he averaged 16.7 yards per catch. In his first year, in the 1965 AFL Championship game against the San Diego Chargers, he teamed with Ernie Warlick in one of the first uses of the "double tight end" formation installed by head coach Lou Saban. Costa caught two passes for 32 yards, Warlick caught three for 35 yards and a touchdown as the Bills defeated the Chargers for the second consecutive year, this time shutting them out 23 - 0, the first shutout in AFL Championship game history. In Costa's fifth year in pro football, he moved to offensive tackle and played that position for four years. After playing eight years for the Bills, he retired for one year, then came out of retirement to play for the Birmingham Americans of the World Football League in 1974 and Birmingham Vulcans in 1975.
Costa has a B.A. degree in Communications from Notre Dame. He also has a Masters and Ph.D. from the California Graduate School of Theology. Paul has been in full time ministry since retiring. He was a pastor for sixteen years, but now travels nationally and internationally as a speaker in churches, conferences, and schools. He has co-authored a book with Dr. John Kelly (End Time Warriors) that was published by Regal Book.-----
By the way I don’t’ believe ANY football player ever had bigger forearms than Costa or Pete Duranko. Each of them were winners in the NFL arm wrestling championships.
Merry Christmas and Go Irish!