Thomas Denning DeLeone (born August 13, 1950 in Ravenna, Ohio) is a former American football center who played thirteen seasons in the National Football League, with the Cleveland Browns and Cincinnati Bengals. He grew up in Kent, Ohio and graduated from Theodore Roosevelt High School in 1968, where he was on the football, basketball, and track teams. He played college football at Ohio State University, where he was a starting center and an All-Big Ten and first-team All-American selection. He later went on to work as a criminal investigator with the U.S. Department of the Treasury rising to a Senior Special Agent position within the U.S. Customs Service. He proudly served in the US Customs Service, and he was an important member of the FBI's Joint Terrorism Task Force in Salt Lake City, Utah during the 2002 Olympic Games in Park City, Utah. In 2003, The U.S. Customs Service became a part of the newly created Department of Homeland Security and he retired from Immigration and CUSTOMS Enforcement in 2007. He is a 2002 inductee of The Ohio State University Football Hall of Fame and a 2003 inductee of the Kent City Schools Hall of Fame.
In 2009, Tom DeLeone was married, with three children. His middle child, Dean DeLeone was playing defense for the Arizona State Sun Devils football team.
He now works as a substitute teacher at Park City High School and Treasure Mountain International School in Park City.
- ^ "Kent City Schools Hall of Fame Archives". Kent City Schools. Retrieved 2008-05-12.
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