"New York's "Boldest" Football team was started in 1996. In an effort to be comparable to the other local public safety teams, who’s nicknames all represent solid characteristics such as NY’s Finest, NY’s Bravest & NY’s Strongest, “NY’s Boldest Football” was born. The team operated from 1996 - 2005 and as we look back at the teams that were fielded during that time period, we remember some of the key people that helped to operate the team. John Pecora, Billy Picone, Marty Parker, Ron Adams (from Boys & Girls HS football), Shawn McCall, Joe Dellaratta, and Odessa Turner (former WR from the NY Giants & SF 49ers) are some of those key people just to name a few. The team was fortunate to receive some donated equipment from the NY Giants, and at one point also sported uniforms that were sponsored by Champion, as a thank you to the members of the Correction Department that assisted in the rescue and recovery efforts, following the aftermath of 911.
Heading into the 2005 season, the team was experiencing problems. In an effort to stay alive, NYCD Boldest Football combined with DSNY Strongest Football. Following that 2005 season, Boldest Football was completely unable to continue.
Five years later, after several failed attempts to gain the backing of the NYCD Administration, Correction Officer Christopher Harris began putting flyers up all over Rikers Island to try and spark interest from prospective players. Harris teamed up with Correction Officer Christopher Chamberlain, and Captain Brian Ohara (who was a player for the old Boldest Football team), and the process to bring Boldest Football back from the grave began. The entire organization was built from scratch, implementing a full administrative staff, a new coaching staff, a new uniform design and a roster full of new players. Amazingly, the 2011 roster even fielded five players from the old team!
We are proud to represent the New York City Department of Correction on the field and off the field. Sponsorships from groups like our union C.O.B.A., The Correction Captains Association (C.C.A), Law Offices of Joseph A. Romano, Astoria Bowl, Koehler & Isaacs, Rella & Associates, The NY Giants, Pollo Campero, Sparkles Car Wash, combined with the support of our fans, dubbed as the “Orange Crush Nation” has been tremendous and instrumental in our new success. On the field, we strive to be the best Public Safety football team in NYC as well as in the National Public Safety Football League (NPSFL) which is a nation-wide league that consists of public safety football teams that are comprised of police officers, correction officers, fire fighters, EMT/ Paramedics, military personnel, and other public safety personnel. Off the field, we are committed to community service and charity work that includes spending time doing arts and crafts with children at the Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital, participating in the meals on wheels program, walking for the March of Dimes, annually donating a real Christmas Tree with decorations to a daycare center, donating bicycles to toy drives, continuous raffles that result in giveaways like flat screen TV’s, autographed sports memorabilia, video game consoles, and many other items, and annually donating proceeds to the Correction Officers Benevolent Association - Widows and Children’s Fund, which we have adopted as our primary charity.