Perhaps it was fitting for a fastball star. In 1982, while quarterbacking the University of Western Ontario Mustangs varsity football team, Belleville native Andy Rossit threw a gridiron version of the perfect game. Except in this case, it lasted an entire season. In 126 passing attempts, Rossit threw zero interceptions. More than 20 years later, the record still stands at UWO where Rossit finished fourth on the list of all-time Mustang passing leaders with 489 attempts and 238 completions for 4,505 yards and 23 touchdowns. Rossit guided the Mustangs to three consecutive Yates Cup titles as Ontario university champions in 1980-81-82. Rossit was the first quarterback in UWO football history to start in all five years of his eligibility. He spearheaded the team’s drive to a berth in the Vanier Cup national championship game in 1982 and was MVP of the Churchill Bowl semi-final match.
Rossit almost didn’t go to Western. He was first heavily recruited by Syracuse University and then head coach Tom Coughlin, who later rose to the ranks of the NFL. But football was far from Rossit’s only love when it came to sports. The Quinte Secondary School grad was equally adept on the fastball diamond where he represented Canada on three occasions, including at the Winfield Cup challenge series in New Zealand in 1993. In all, Rossit played in nine senior world championship tournaments, one North American senior championship and two Canadian finals. At the 1981 Ontario junior championships, Rossit was voted MVP after playing for the silver medal St. Catharines squad. Prior to that, he was an Eastern Ontario all-star in 1978. At Quinte, Rossit also excelled in basketball. He was chosen to play for the Eastern Ontario team at the 1978 Provincial Summer Games.
Born in Belleville on August 7, 1961, Rossit returned to town on the occasion of Quinte’s 50th anniversary in 2004 where he was declared the school’s Male Athlete of the Quarter Century. Rossit now resides in Stoney Creek.0