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In The Zone With Vinny’s Brother Nick Perretta: It’s In The Genes

                              Nick Perretta shared at length with the Bronco Blue Review information about his past athletic triumphs. He also shared about his father, former San Diego Charger Ralph Perretta, as well as his talented mother, and brother former Boise State Bronco super star Vincent “Vinny” Perretta.


The conversation with Nick started inquiring about his family and the close knitted ness of them – or not. Nick responded that Vinny and himself were “very close” and that there were just the four of them his father, mother, brother Vinny, and himself, that they were a close knit family. 

Nick continued that they have a very athletic family and the Perretta parents were very supportive in their children’s choices. Nick and Vinny “grew up playing football, baseball, basketball, golf and soccer.” 

Nick said that both he and Vinny played football; in fact they grew up playing football. It does not seem odd that the children whose father played pro football for many years would not want to also follow in those same footsteps.

Well Vinny has the chance to follow as he has past Minnesota Vikings mini camp and is still hanging on. His name is on the roster for a pre season game with the Indianapolis Colts on August 14th at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis Indiana. Perretta family, friends, and fans will be watching. 

Nick was a winner himself. His high school team won the state championship at Qualcom stadium in San Diego the site of last seasons Poinsettia Bowl between TCU and Boise State. Nick stated that he tried to play college ball but his knee would not allow him to progress so he “hung up the cleats.” 

Just because Nick hung up his cleats does not mean the former California state champion offensive lineman and defensive end is not still involved in sports. Nick is very athletic today he plays golf and surfs. I am sure that California girls like Nick’s choices as well.

It’s not hard to see that the Perretta family has strong athletic genes. It seems what ever their family does sports wise is stamped close to perfecto. 

Nick says that his father has always been and still is a great athlete. He followed that up commenting on his father being a scratch golfer. Nick praised his mother also saying she was also a good athlete and he believes that’s where Vinny gets his speed.

Nick was asked about the Poinsettia Bowl and his thoughts over the Broncos loss. Nick talked about the tailgate party at the game saying they had a ton of people at the tailgate; some 300 to 350 of what Nick calls “Perretta’s Pizza Eaters.”

Nick said, “The beer, wine, and food were all flowing like the salmon of Capistrano. It stunk to lose but it didn’t take away from the fun that we had.”

That pretty well says it, some times there is just more in life than winning, sometimes it’s about just being with family and friends.

Nick says his work schedule is very “unpredictable.” Nick works selling orthopedic implants. However, he did say that he was thinking about helping out the offensive line at his old high school. This is a genuinely nice family.

Nick said that over the years he has developed friendships with Vinny’s teammates as he followed them to their games etc, and they were at the game not just to support Vinny but the other Bronco seniors he has come to know well. Nick said he would always be a Bronco fan. Nick wants to see the Broncos at the Rose bowl in 2010.

Nick was also asked if was going to have to become a Minnesota Viking fan because Vinny might make the team. He said that he was a die-hard Charger fan and that he could adopt a second team since it was not in the AFC West.

Nick continued saying, “That being said, it isn’t a done deal yet. Vinny has a lot of work to do to make this team. However, I can assure you that nobody is more up to the challenge than he is. If anyone can do it, it’s him.”

Thank you Nick for all you have shared. This interview was as good as they get. Bronco fans will be pleased and that’s another story.


This article first published by Lace Banachek on 7/12/2009 at




Vinny Perretta In The Zone: Minnesota Viking Rookie Free Agent Interview Part 2

                    Vincent Perretta Interview

The following is the continuation of the Perretta interview a week ago. Former Boise State wide receiver Vinny Perretta whose father Ralph Perretta was an NFL star offensive lineman with the San Diego Chargers answered questions for the Bronco Blue Review. Vinny was asked to share some moments regarding his newest venture that of a free agent wide receiver for the Minnesota Vikings. Here is what Vinny had to say about the Minnesota Vikings:

Question No. 1. How has rookie camps been going for you?

Vinny’s Answer: Rookie mini camp went very well for me. We just got done with OTA’s and now we have a month off before training camp starts. It was good to get my feet wet in an NFL system before camp starts. Hopefully I can hit the ground running.

Question No. 2. Are there any surprises that you care or are allowed to address?

Vinny’s Answer: No surprises. My dad played in the NFL with the San Diego Chargers for six seasons, and he told me what to expect. Having my dad to go to is something that I take advantage of because he has been there before and he knows what is going on.

Question No. 3. What are the coaches like in Minnesota?

Vinny’s Answer: The coaches are awesome. They are very knowledgeable and are just good guys in general.

Question No. 4. What are the players like in Minnesota?

Vinny’s Answer: The players have been awesome as well. The veterans treat us rookies like other veterans. They help us out on the field and in meeting rooms. Its nice to know that the veterans don’t’ try to push the rookies around (Vinny laughed).

Question No. 5. What are the fans like in Minnesota—do you find yourself in that same ole “gotta prove myself to everybody mode?”

Vinny’s Answer: I haven’t really met any of the fans yet. We have been at the facilities most of the time, so we haven’t really got to experience much of the city yet.

Question No. 6. How tough has the competition been at wide out so far? The talent at wide receiver is exceptional. All these guys can play. I am really impressed with all the WR’s. I believe that it starts with our receiver coach, George Stewart.

Question No. 7. Does it look like you will be making the team this year?

Vinny’s Answer: My goal is to make the team! I am focused on myself and giving it my all every single day. I haven’t really thought about not making the team yet (Vinny laughs).

Question No. 8. Do you see much of Ian and how is he doing that you can tell?

Vinny’s Answer: From what I can tell, Ian has been doing a great job. He looks good and looks like he is picking things up well. Ian has always been a good football player and he still is!

Vinny thank you very much for your time—your many fans in Boise and around the world look forward to seeing you in Purple (not bruised) this NFL season.

End of interview!

It will be a tremendous joy watching Vincent Perretta gain knowledge from Coach Stewart, as well the many very talented receivers and pros at Minnesota. Viking fans and or Bronco/Perretta fans etc herein lies a perfect example of Vinny’s personable behavior and politics.

Vinny appears to always attempt to stay on the upward path—giving his 110 percent and not giving in to negativity of any sorts.

Vinny no doubt knows as an athlete, be it Idaho, Minnesota or his former high school in San Diego, Calif. that there will always be those who just dislike you, and for no other reason than ones school or team colors he or she represents.

Still, it is my belief that anybody given any small amount of time with the Perretta’s as a whole would truly grow to appreciate them.

As for Vinny and he alone—should he make the Vikings there is not much doubt that within a small window of time he will become a crowd favorite. Why? Simply because he goes all out for who he represents, be it his sports family, those close to him and those necessarily not such as the media, bloggers, etc. Thus when word comes regarding Vinny’s pro debut the Blue Revue will be on it—and that’s another story.




Article first published by Lace Banachek on 6/30/2009 at


Vinny Perretta In The Zone: Former Bronco Wide Out —The Interview

Vincent Perretta Interview

A little over a week ago Vinny Perretta answered questions for the Bronco Blue Review. Vinny was asked to share some moments from his early Bronco days to his newest venture that of free agent wide receiver for the Minnesota Vikings. Here is what Vinny had to say about his time at Boise State University: 


Question #1. What was it like for you making the Boise State team?

Vinny’s Answer: It was an honor to get to play D-1 football. It had been my dream to get to play college football. To get to play at Boise State, a winning team, was awesome and I wouldn’t have traded it for anything.

Question #2. How has that moment defined who you are today?

Vinny’s Answer: I believe that God has a plan for everybody. He sent me to Boise State for a reason. During my time at Boise State, I got to play college football, which helped me get to where I am today, with the Vikings. I grew as a person and had the opportunity to meet a lot of nice people. My time at Boise State is something that I will never forget.

Question #3. I realize that you have had many memorable games as a Bronco – is there one or two that stand out and why?

Vinny’s Answer: The Fiesta Bowl is an obvious one for me. That day has been one of the greatest days in my life. I never thought that I would have thrown the winning touchdown in the Fiesta Bowl, but it happened (Vinny Laughs).

Question #4. No doubt you have taken many incredible hits over the years – is there one or two that you fondly recall and who was at the delivering end of it?

Vinny’s Answer: I really don’t remember any of the big hits that much, because that is something that I try to forget (Vinny Laughed). One play that was no fun for me was when my shoulder dislocated the first time of my career. It was my junior year at Washington, and my shoulder never was the same after that. I had to get surgery and sat out the rest of my junior year. 

Question #5. Is there any advise that you may have received that you would like to pass on to future Broncos?

Vinny’s Answer: Strong work ethic can get you very far in football. If you want to be one of the best, you have got to sacrifice a lot of things. Always give 110% in everything that you do.

Question #6. What do you feel was the difference in the one point? Was it failure to run the ball, failure to go deep, lack of game preparation? What may have made the difference? 

Vinny’s Answer: The Poinsettia bowl was a tough loss for us all, especially me since it was played in my backyard. I wanted to end my career on a high note, winning a bowl game in my hometown. TCU was a very solid team and they matched us on the offensive side of the ball. Our defense played lights out and held them for most of the game. We had a great game plan on offense, but we just couldn’t execute enough on the field.


Thats one thing Vinny has not had a lot of and thats tough losses. Vinny is a competitor, a proven winner, and a class guy – on and off the field.

Talking with Vinny is like talking to family. The Bronco Blue Review continues this interview with questions regarding his free agency with the Minnesota Vikings and that’s another story.



First published by Lace Banachek on 6/25/2009 at