"We were always great friends and you always saw Jerry as a very laid-back gentleman, but once that ball went up he was one hell of a competitor — with the kids, with the officials," said Robertson, who spent 34 years at St. Maria Goretti. "Between the lines, there wasn't too many better than him. His teams were always well prepared and I don't think the people knew how fierce he was as a competitor. You didn't see that from the image he portrayed as he walked, that slow, gentlemanly gait he had. When the ball went up, he was a different person."