Sometimes it's the quiet ones who really demand attention.

It's definitely true for Vince Savelli, a football standout, who enjoyed his years as a student-athlete at Steinert High School.

"He led by example," said former SHS coach and fellow Hall of Famer Steve Simek. "Vince didn't say much. He was quiet, but his teammates definitely listened."

Hard to argue with someone who amassed an impressive amount of awards and justly earned recognition in the township, county and state. He worked hard on the gridiron as a two-way standout.

While earning three varsity letters in football, Savelli received all- county and all-state honors and was selected to the prestigious North- South football game. He was chosen for the Senior 11 and was the recipient of the Walt Wilkerson Award.

"He played both ways for two years and was a captain senior year," Simek said. "He anchored the offensive line from his center position and as a middle linebacker he really excelled on defense."

Savelli, who played at East Stroudsburg University before being sidelined, was the second player in Steinert history to play in the annual all-star game for high school football.

"When I made the state all-star game at Rutgers that was a big thing for me," Savelli said.

Vince also played a year of varsity baseball for the Spartans, as a third baseman/outfielder and "DH."

"I like them both, but I thought I was a better football player," Savelli said.

Savelli, a resident of Columbus, is a longtime business owner. He has maintained the Savelli family tradition at Rayco Custom Upholstery. In business for more than 60 years, Rayco specializes in auto, marine, home, office and restaurant upholstery. Formerly in Hamilton, the business has been based in Columbus for 30-plus years.

He enjoys his work and plays golf for fun and although he also is proud of his days as a Spartan, he (also) says (his greatest) source of pride and joy is provided through his four daughters. "They are in their 20s, all doing very well, they make good decisions," said the proud papa to Alexandra, 25; Corine, 24; Isabella, 22, and Victoria, 21.