Rocco was a 1939 Watertown High graduate. He was offered a scholarship to play football at Boston College, where he played both offensive and defense. He earned All American and All East honors. BC went 26-5 during his collegiate career. He was a member of the 1941 Sugar Bowl championship team. In 1943 he entered the Army and was promoted to corporal in 1944. Also in 1943 he was drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles of the NFL 72nd overall. He was traded to the Boston Yanks in 1946. Injuries ended his playing career in 1948. He was coach of the Watertown Red & Black from 1949-51, guiding them to a 23-2 record. He was inducted in the Red and Black Hall of Fame in 1994.
Canale co-managed Canaleís Restaurant with his brother Richard for 30 years. He married Elanor Hilden on December 7, 1943. Canale passed away on November 1, 1995 at age 78.
The North Country Sports Hall Of Fame is proud to welcome Rocco as part of itís inaugural class.