George Vomvolakis, wearing #6, and Peter Vomvolakis (#73), Greenwich High School football players and brothers. Photo: Twitter
GREENWICH, CT – Greek-American brothers George, Peter, and Nick Vomvolakis were featured in CT Insider on September 7 for their special bond which extends to the football field as all play for the Greenwich High School team, the Cardinals.
“Every season in the Greenwich football program, there is a page dedicated to brothers who have played for the red and white through the years,” CT Insider reported, adding that “this year, there will be three Vomvolakis brothers listed, George, Peter and Nick, all of whom are currently in the high school.”
“George is a senior running back/linebacker, Peter is a junior center/defensive lineman and Nick is a center on the freshmen team,” CT Insider reported.
“It’s an honor to keep the legacy of brothers playing for Greenwich going,” George told CT Insider. “We have had a lot of brothers who came and played here. Maybe Nick can come up and dress for a few games because three brothers on the same team would be crazy. It is something I never thought would happen.”
“These are not just any set of brothers,” CT Insider reported, pointing out that “Peter and George are expected to lead the team after both had stellar 2022 seasons, which culminated in a CIAC Class LL championship for the Cardinals.”
“Last year while splitting time at running back, George (5-foot-10, 186 pounds) rushed for 1,033 yards and 12 touchdowns,” CT Insider reported, noting that he is now a senior, and “coach Anthony Morello said Vomvolakis will be the ‘bell cow’ out of the backfield, getting the bulk of the carries for Greenwich.”
“Peter (6-foot-2, 279 pounds) was a New Haven Register first-team All-State pick last year as a sophomore but will be moving to center this season,” CT Insider reported.
“George loves football,” coach Morello told CT Insider. “There isn’t a time during the day where he isn’t thinking about the sport and how he can better himself. Peter has started every game of his high school career for us on varsity. He is a special kind of athlete. The two of them together lead by example every day. If I could have 11 Vomvolakises on the field at one time, we would be really good.”
“The brothers were instrumental in helping Greenwich to its ninth CIAC state championship, 37-17 over Fairfield Prep,” CT Insider reported, adding that “Peter got to open a lot of holes that night but the ones he opened for his brother’s two touchdowns will not soon be forgotten in the Vomvolakis household.”
Their parents, John and Ariadne, are impressed with what their sons have accomplished.
“It is amazing watching Peter block for George, especially doing it while winning a state championship on Rentschler Field.” Their father John told CT Insider. “They always wanted to be Greenwich High football players and always talked about wanting to win a state championship. To see them do it together was very special and we are so proud of them. Sadly, this will be the last team they will play together after playing together for so many years.”
“As if having three brothers in the program was not enough, [mom] Ariadne volunteers in a variety of ways for Greenwich football, including organizing the players in the chaos that is team picture day,” CT Insider reported, noting that “Peter is one of the very few athletes who has played on the Greenwich varsity as a freshman, but his talent was such that he could not have been left to just dominate on the freshmen team two years ago.”
“It’s very rare. He’s the only one since I have been coaching here that has played as much as he has at a young age,” Morello told CT Insider. “There were certainly growing pains. He came in at 300 pounds and shed weight and added muscle and is around 280 now. It has been fun watching him grow on the field and get to know him because I don’t usually have that kind of relationship with freshmen.”
Since the Vomvolakis brothers are so close in age, “the pair occasionally were on the same youth football teams together,” CT Insider reported, noting that “they were always tightly matched in games held in their backyard growing up, though they preferred to be teammates rather than opponents.”
“We would usually be team captains because we were just better than everyone else so they would force us to split up,” George told CT Insider. “Sometimes we would be on the same team and that was a lot of fun.”
“When asked which brother would win when the pair would inevitably wrestle each other as kids, Peter points at his older brother,” CT Insider reported, adding that “George said he would win those bouts back then but once Peter got bigger than him, sibling wrestling was suspended.”
“George has the speed in the family and Peter long ago stopped challenging him to races,” CT Insider reported, noting that “the bond they formed playing in the yard has carried over to the high school field.”
“I would be the quarterback and he was the running back and I would throw the ball 50 yards and he’d catch it,” Peter told CT Insider. “Me and George would come to all the Greenwich football games as kids and we knew that one day, we would be the future of the program and I would be blocking for my brother.”
“They were always together and always making each other better players just by competing with each other,” John told CT Insider. “George is a year and half older but we almost don’t even consider him as the older brother because they are so tight. They were taught by their grandparents and by me and their mother to be close and that nothing is more important than family.”
“Every time one of the brothers is asked about the other, the first thing either of them do is smile,” CT Insider reported, adding that “While Peter takes all of his blocking assignments seriously, when he knows the hole he is opening is for his brother, he gives it a little extra.”
“We have been doing it for so long and the chemistry is always there,” Peter told CT Insider. “I am very grateful to block for my brother and I always want to see him succeed so every single block I make is at 150%. A little demon comes out inside of me and I am like ‘I am going to drive this guy 15 yards down field.’ There is not a better feeling than blocking and then seeing my brother in the end zone.”
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