Meet the 'Bravest Bulldog' of Stafford High School


The bravest member of the Stafford High School football team may not play on the field, but make no mistake, he is tough.

The (9-1) regular season fittingly came in the senior year of Stafford’s Jon Gionfriddo, The Bravest Bulldog.

The Stafford / East Windsor / Somers co-op football team qualified for the state playoffs for the first time in Stafford program history this season.

Gionfriddo attends every home game despite being born and living with a painful, rare skin disease, Epidermolysis Bullosa.

The slightest touch or movement can tear Gionfriddo’s skin. The disease affects external and internal skin.

To avoid infection, his mother Brenda Gionfriddo bathes her son and reapplies his head-to-toe bandages every day, often a 2 to 3 hour process.

Gionfriddo has been embraced by the football team and in particular by his best friend and fellow Stafford senior Cody Desilets.

Desilets says “Jon is inspirational. He does everything and I could most certainly compare Jon to the football season. Something that wasn’t supposed to happen happened.”

Watch the full story for more on his journey.

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