Sep 11, 2014 9:34 PM

Merrimack High School’s Joe Giampietro playing football again

MERRIMACK – Maybe it was the unfortunate destiny for Joe Giampietro. After all, his older brother, Mike, endured four major knee operations over the course of his football career. “We’re both known for ACLs,” he said, almost jokingly. But there’s a ring of truth in Giampietro’s words, as he makes his way back from his second knee injury in as many football seasons for Merrimack High School. So far, so good for the Tomahawks’ senior running back/linebacker, and inspirational leader. It would have been easy for Giampietro to give up after a Manchester Memorial player blocked one of Giampietro’s teammates into the back of his knee during the second game of the season in 2013, exactly a year after he got taken out by a defensive back in a JV game in 2012, injuring the other knee. Same deal, second game of the season, ironically after he was told by the then-Merrimack coaching staff as he boarded the bus for the game it would be his last non-varsity appearance. Hit the second time last fall, Giampietro said “I knew right away. I told myself it wasn’t true, but deep inside, I knew exactly what happened.” But Giampietro, whose three older brothers all played at Merrimack, couldn’t give up.


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