Football Hall of Famer Andy Robustelli, who played for the New York Giants and Los Angeles Rams during a 14-year NFL career, has died. He was 85.

"He was one of the greatest players in franchise history, and one of the finest, most dignified gentlemen you could ever meet," Giants president John Mara said.

It wasn't immediately clear where and when Robustelli died. His death was first reported by The Advocate, of Stamford, Conn.

The 6-1, 230-pound defensive end played for the Rams from 1951-55 and the Giants from 1956-64, but his arrival in New York ushered in one of the greatest eras in Giants' football.

New York won the 1956 NFL championship in Robustelli's first season. They won five more conference championships during his tenure, in 1958, 1959, 1961, 1962 and 1963. Robustelli played on a winning team in 13 of his 14 pro seasons and played in eight NFL championship games.

Robustelli was selected to seven Pro Bowls and was named first team All-NFL seven times, two with the Rams and five with the Giants. He was also a three-time second-team All-Pro choice.

Noteworthy

* The NFL Players Association will stage a 2-day educational program for rookies at the end of June and cover all costs.

One week after the league canceled its annual rookie symposium because of the owners' lockout of the players, the NFLPA has set up what it calls "The Business of Football, Rookie Edition" for Washington on June 28-29. Every drafted rookie - all 254 of them - is invited.

* A northern Virginia judge dismissed a road-rage assault charge against Washington Redskins defensive lineman Albert Haynesworth after the player reached an agreement with the alleged victim.

* Former NFL quarterback Ryan Leaf, 35, is recovering in California after doctors removed a benign tumor from his brain stem.