The Washington Times - October 3, 2012, 02:15PM

Joe Vellano received the call his summer with welcome news.

It also meant Vellano had a call of his own to make.


The Maryland defensive end’s father Paul was elected to the university’s athletic hall of fame. Paul Vellano was a first-team All-America defensive lineman in 1973.

The bonus: Joe and his brother Paul were given the honor of telling their father. The induction ceremony is Friday at the university’s alumni center adjacent to Byrd Stadium.

“It’s just a great thing for my dad and all the guys he played with and our family as well and [you] just kind of get appreciative and know that it all paid off,” Joe Vellano said.

Vellano might one day join his father in Maryland’s hall. He was a second-team All-America pick last season and has started 29 consecutive games for the Terps. He has 24.5 career tackles for loss.

For this weekend, though, Vellano will be part of a large contingent of family and friends in attendance.

It will mean Vellano will leave the team hotel for a few hours the night before Maryland’s date with Wake Forest. For a man with deep family ties, celebrating with his father is something Vellano is looking forward to.

Perhaps even as enjoyable as breaking the news about an honor that’s spawned its share of jokes among the Vellanos.

“We’re messing around with him,” Vellano said. “It was good that we had a chance to tell him.”

—- Patrick Stevens