A 1972 graduate of Bennett High, Kosta Kobakof was a dominant force on the gridiron for the Tigers in the early 7O’s. His performance on the football field alone would have made in eligible for the Hall of Fame, garnering All-High honors in his senior year at the defensive tackle position, but he solidified his selection even further by being the All-High track & field shot put champion to finish up his high school career. Kosta’s winning effort was a toss of 45′ 31/2 “, on the Scalp & Blade champion track squad.
After joining the football squad as a sophomore in the fall of 1969 Kobakof caught the eye of coach Nick Mogavero as a natural football talent who could mature into a Division I college player. In his senior year, Kosta was courted by numerous colleges and finally chose to continue his athletic career with the Orangemen of Syracuse University. “Ko” became a very popular player on the “Cuse” squad and campus, and represented Bennett and his family very proudly in the rich Syracuse football tradition.