It was a father’s dream come true and one of the most memorable moments of the 2020 football session when Joe Tessitore called his son’s trick play on the field.
The ABC and ESPN announcer was announcing a Boston College Eagles vs Clemson Tigers match. However, only one team included his son, John Tessitore.
The younger Tessitore was instrumental in Boston College’s 28-10 halftime lead.
Late in the second quarter, John, who is listed on the Eagle’s roster as a kicker and punter, made a remarkable performance as he went out to stop what Clemson thought was a field goal on fourth down.
After that, the red-shirt sophomore broke toward the defensive line and faked a snap under center to get Clemson offsides. It worked perfectly, and his father was in charge of the entire event.
“John Tessitore came up and played quarterback at the last second, and they may get a first down out of this how about that on fourth and two?” Joe said.
He also noted that his son has played every position growing up, and he proved it on the field.
Joe continued saying that John moved from tight end to the quarterback, played quarterback, and got Clemson offsides.
In a November 2020 interview with The Athletic, Joe revealed that while he didn’t believe it was a perfect call, it was obviously an authentic one.
He further explained that the heartfelt father-son sharing of a moment affected everyone. The other thing he was proud of as a broadcaster was that he got to refer to his son as Tessitore.
“It took Greg McElroy to say- This is your son. That’s your son who just did that on national TV against the No. 1 team in the country.” He continued. “You don’t think I didn’t want to go break down and cry and run down on that field and hug him?”
The special father-son moment was also well applauded by the audience.
“Joe Tessitore calling his own son moving the sticks for BC on 4th down against top-ranked Clemson is one of the coolest [expletive] things we’ve seen,” a user tweeted in October 2020.
A second person wrote, “Hearing Joe Tessitore call his son’s awesome play, just hearing the pride in his voice.. that was a cool moment.”
What a moment for Joe Tessitore to get to call that for his son! That was awesome.
— Ian Hest (@IanHest) October 31, 2020
“Joe Tessitore calling his own son successfully running a fake field goal hard count is the most delightful moment of the season,” another one added.
The Tessitore Family
The television presenter is married to Rebecca Tessitore. Joe and his wife are the parents of two children, John and Nicolina.
Joe has been the voice of ABC’s college football coverage, an experienced ringside commentator for Top Rank Boxing and Monday Night Football on ESPN for the greater part of the last two decades.
The commentator has also been acclaimed for his variety, his distinct voice, and his excitement while broadcasting.
Talking about Tessitore Jr., he was a four-year letter winner for head coach L.J. Spinnato at Choate Rosemary Hall.
During his time at Choate Rosemary Hall, he won 39 consecutive games.
With 76 points as a junior, he set the school record for single-season points by a kicker. As a senior, he was named team captain of the four-time and undefeated New England Class A Prep School champions.
In the 2016 NEPSAC championship win over Trinity-Pawling, he scored all three of his field goals, added two two-point conversions, and three successful PATs.
According to 247Sports’ composite rankings, he is the No. 9 kicker in Connecticut and the No. 16 kickers nationwide.