Adam Salina’s athletic accolades began in his Sophomore year when he was selected to the All-Conference and All- State team as a punter. He was named among the top 50 underclassmen in the U.S. by Street and Smith. That same year he was selected All-Conference in shot put, discus, and javelin and was 2nd in Class M for the shot put and 8th overall in the state.
During his Junior year, Salina was All-Conference punter and defensive back, All-State linebacker, New Haven Register linebacker, and All Academic team selection in the Northwest Conference. He was also named by USA Today as one of “the players to watch”. Super Prep magazine listed him as a Division I recruit as did Blue Chip Illustrated and Street and Smith listed him as “senior linebacker to watch”.
Along with his football accolades that year, in basketball he was named to the All Tournament Team for the Northwest Conference and to the All Academic team.
In track that year he was Conference Champion in the shot put and runner up in the javelin. He was Class M State Champion in the shot put and finished 7th in the State Open.
In his Senior year he was captain of the football team and was selected All Conference as a punter, running back, and linebacker. He was also an All-State linebacker, Berlin Redcoat “most valuable player”, and made All Academic Team in the Northwest Conference. To top that all off, he was the Gatorade Player of the Year for Connecticut, and was named a Parade First-Team All-American as a linebacker. He was listed as Connecticut’s #1 recruit by the National Scouting Bulletin and inducted into the National Football and College Hall of Fame as a scholar athlete. He was the recipient of the Brian Piccolo Award- Newington Chapter of Unico and named the 1993 Berlin High School scholar athlete.
In track during his Senior year he was selected captain and was the Northwest Conference Champion in both javelin and shot put, Class M State Champion and All State in the shot put, and was a member of the All Herald Team.
Upon graduation Salina accepted a full scholarship to Stanford University where he was a three year starter at fullback playing for both Bill Walsh and Tyrone Willingham. He played in the 1995 Liberty Bowl in Memphis against East Carolina and in the 1996 Sun Bowl in El Paso beating Michigan State 38-0. He was named to the Pac-10 All-Academic First Team as a senior.
After graduating from Stanford, Salina signed as a free agent with the Green Bay Packers in 1997 and the Dallas Cowboys the same year. In 1998 he signed with the San Francisco 49ers as a free agent fullback.
Salina is married to Danielle and they have three children: Olivia, Julia, and Isabella. He has servied as Mayor of Berlin and is owner/principal of Kozak and Salina, LLC working in government relations and federal lobbying.