Former UW football player Vince Guinta is presented with a University of Wyoming Hall of Fame plaque at the induction ceremony on Friday, Sept. 8, in Laramie. (COURTESY PHOTO / Paul Kanaly)
Kemmerer resident Vince Guinta was officially inducted into the University of Wyoming Hall of Fame on Friday, Sept. 8, at the induction ceremony and dinner in Laramie.
Guinta played football for the University of Wyoming Cowboys from 1954 –1956.
Guinta grew up in Brooklyn, New York, and attended Brooklyn Boys High School.
“My mother worked at a candy factory and my father was a truck driver,” Guinta said. “We lived a block from the Brooklyn Naval yard.”
Guinta was part of the 1951 All-Metropolitan Team, which included the best football players from New York, Connecticut and New Jersey. Every newspaper in the New York Metropolitan area placed him on the All-City high-school team.
Vince Guinta played for several All-City teams when he was a high school football player in Brooklyn, New York. (GAZETTE PHOTO / Theresa Davis)
Guinta was a linebacker on defense for the Cowboys and a center on offense. Coaches and reporters referred to him as the “Enforcer.”
Guinta was part of the 1955 UW team that defeated Texas Tech in the Sunbowl, and the 1956 team was even better.
“We beat the daylights out of everybody,” Guinta said of the 1956 Wyoming team, which went undefeated.
Professionally, Guinta played for a farm team for the New York Titans (now the Jets) in 1961, and for the Denver Broncos in 1960, the first year for the team.
Guinta coached the Kemmerer Rangers from 1970 –1976, some of the best years for the program.
Vince Guinta shows newspaper clippings from his high school football days in Brooklyn, New York. Guinta played for UW Football from 1954–1956. (GAZETTE PHOTO / Theresa Davis)
Back when the 1956 University of Wyoming Cowboys team was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2001, Guinta’s teammates chose him to represent the team, even though he wasn’t a team captain.
“That was the biggest honor of my life,” Guinta said. Guinta’s family and friends joined him at this latest induction ceremony in Laramie.