Originally posted on The Other Paper  |  Last updated 6/20/13
Hollywood might have lost one of its most recognizable leading-men with the stunning and sudden death of James Gandolfini on Wednesday but, at the same time,  Rutgers University lost the celebrity face of its football team with the loss of "The Sopranos" star. Whether you were from the state of New Jersey or not, you felt like you knew the actor — whose Tony Soprano mafia-boss character with an big appetite for life and violence — but it was his real life persona who had a soft spot for his alma mater's one-time struggling football program. Back in 2001, when the HBO hit The Sopranos was at its height with Gandolfini — an '83 Rutgers alum — the former nightclub bouncer appeared in a Rutgers football commercial with the then Scarlet Knights' head coach Greg Schiano. The memorable spot was called "The Fan" and went like this: “This season is gonna be great! Everybody’s talking about it! It’s a program the whole family can get behind,” Gandolfini says while sitting at a table...
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