Andy Robustelli, the Hall of Fame football player who launched a career in travel after his playing days ended, died Tuesday at the age of 85.

Robustelli starred as a defensive end for the Los Angeles Rams and the New York Giants from 1951 to 1964.

In 1965, he bought Westheim Travel in his hometown of Stamford, Conn., and renamed it Robustelli Travel Services. The corporate travel agency went on to become Robustelli World Travel and grew to become a regional travel management company.

As the company grew, it developed other businesses, such as corporate incentive and merchandising services. Those businesses exist today under Robustelli Corporate Services.

Robustelli exited the travel agency business when Hogg Robinson Group acquired Robustelli World Travel in 2006.

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