Player Spotlight: Pat Cannamela Posted on August 11, 2014 by Scott Wolf Pat Cannamela was an All-American linebacker in 1951 and nicknamed the Pocket Battleship because of his size (5-11, 210) and physical style of play. Life magazine wrote after USC played Cal in 1951 that, “Cannamela helped USC incur three roughness penalties (and) was congratulated by teammates when he disabled California star Johnny Olszewski.” Cannamela played a year in the NFL with the Dallas Texans. His life ended tragically in 1973 when he walked into a robbery at the dept. store where he worked and was shot. He was 43.