John Tessitore, son of ESPN broadcaster Joe Tessitore, to make first Boston College start

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Boston College faces Wake Forest on Thursday. (Via Getty Images)
Boston College faces Wake Forest on Thursday. (Via Getty Images)

It’s a week of firsts for the Tessitore family.

After years of as a college football play-by-play man, ESPN broadcaster Joe Tessitore called his first regular season Monday Night Football game late Monday night. On Thursday afternoon, his son John will be Boston College’s starting kicker as the Eagles take on Wake Forest, a source told Yahoo Sports’ Pete Thamel.

John Tessitore replaces the injured Colton Lichtenberg, a senior who was 12-of-20 on field goal attempts last year, in the starting lineup. A true freshman, Tessitore was 7-of-7 on extra points in BC’s win over Holy Cross last week.

His dad was very proud:


John Tessitore is one of many Boston College players who have football ties through their famous fathers. Here’s who else is on the BC roster:

Javian Dayne: Javian’s dad is 1998 Heisman Trophy winner Ron Dayne. Yes, Ron Dayne’s son, also a running back, is currently playing college football. We are all old.

Tate Haynes: Haynes’ father Mike is a Pro Football Hall of Famer. Mike had 46 interceptions in 177 games with the Patriots and Oakland Raiders. Tate is a redshirt freshman DB for the Eagles.

Tito Pasqualoni: Tito’s dad Paul is the defensive coordinator for the Detroit Lions and has been the head coach at Syracuse and UConn. Tito is a freshman tight end.

Tyler Vrabel: Vrabel’s father is former New England Patriots linebacker and current Tennessee Titans head coach Mike Vrabel. Tyler is a freshman offensive lineman.

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Nick Bromberg is a writer for Yahoo Sports.

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