Ron DeBenedetti played football for coach Bud Kenyon at Guilderland high School in 1968. The 5’9″ running back was fast and shifty, and he was very strong for his size. DeBenedetti rushed for 758 yards, scored 14 touchdowns, and kicked 14 extra points for the Dutchmen his senior year, and he was named the team’s Most Valuable Player. DeBenedetti was named to the Daily Gazette All-Area First team, and he was the recipient of the Thom McAn Award. He was a Section II pole vault champion as well. The versatile athlete went to Wesley Junior College and Wake Forest. He died tragically in an auto accident at the age of 25. DeBenedetti is a member of the Capital Region Football Hall of Fame.