Gino Raymond Michael Cappelletti was an American professional football player. He played college football at University of Minnesota and was an All-Star in the American Football League for the Boston Patriots, winning the 1964 AFL Most Valuable Player Award.
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Former AFL Most Valuable Player and original member of the Boston Patriots who was part of the franchise for five decades as a player, coach and broadcaster, Gino Cappelliti has died.
He was 89 years old. Cappellitti died on Thursday at his home in Wellesley, Massachusetts. His death was announced by the New England Patriots on Thursday. No cause of death was given.
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“My heart aches after learning of Gino Cappelletti’s passing this morning. For the first 51 years of this franchise’s history, Gino contributed as an all-star player, assistant coach and broadcaster. You couldn’t be a Patriots fan during that era and not be a fan of Gino’s,” New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft said in a statement.
“As great of a player as he was, he was an even better person and storyteller.”
He is survived by his wife, Sandy, daughters Gina, Cara and Christina, and 10 grandchildren.
He played semipro football in Canada, was dropped by a Canadian pro team and was signed and then dropped by the Detroit Lions of the N.F.L.
He was tending bar at his brother’s lounge in Minneapolis when he gave the pro game one final shot.
In the summer of 1960, Cappelletti pleaded for a tryout with the Boston Patriots, one of the eight teams in the newly created American Football League. Coach Lou Saban added him to the dozens of players being given a look.
Former Patriots wide receiver and kicker Gino Cappellitti died at his home on Thursday morning, the team announced.
He was 89 years old. An original member of the Boston Patriots in 1960, Capellatti was involved with the Patriots franchise for the first 51 years of its existence as a player, coach, and broadcaster.
He was the club’s second inductee into the Patriots Hall of Fame in 1992.
Gino Cappelletti is perhaps the most recognized figure in Patriots history. A versatile player, Cappelletti played wide receiver and kicker for the Patriots from 1960-70 and was the Patriots’ all-time leading scorer until 2005.
In 1992, Cappelletti joined John Hannah and became the second Patriots player to be inducted into the team’s hall of fame. He was also named to the Patriots all-time team during the franchise’s 50th anniversary season in 2009.