Michael Addesa

About This Inductee

Michael Addesa attended the Old Forge High School, graduating in 1975. He was an outstanding football player for Old Forge. He was three-time All-Scholastic running-back and defensive-back. Michael gained more than 5,000 all-purpose yards and became the school’s all-time leading scorer. Michael went to Duke University as a full scholarship winner for the Blue Devils. He overcame an injury-riddled career to become a contributor to the best offense in the ACC. As a starter at running back for the Blue Devils, he was an excellent blocking-back and receiver, and had 100+ all-purpose yard games four times. He graduated from Duke University in 1979. Michael Addesa’s boxing career began in 1979 until 1983. The late Chic Feldman once described Mike Addesa as “one of the most exciting fighters to ever step into the ring.” After compiling a 19-3 record with 17 K.O.’s in just three years from the time he entered the fight game, Addesa established himself as one of the most promising professional fighters in the light-heavyweight division when he was forced to retire because of serious facial cuts. Michael served as an assistant football coach at Old Forge High School and in the 1980 Dream Game. He is past president of the Old Forge Athletic Association. Michael also served as a fight commentator for TV and radio. He was inducted into the Scranton Area Sports Hall of Fame in 1986. Michael currently resides in Old Forge with his wife Donna, and children Arianne and Dana Marie. He is a managing partner in two Northeastern Pennsylvania businesses, Addesa Inc., a real-estate management company, and Telemarketing Resources, Inc., an outbound teleservices company.