Find the Latest in Gino Cappelletti collectible merchandise at www.sportsmemorabilia.com. I eventually got a tryout with Detroit, but as a quarterback. As a senior in 1954, Cappelletti switched to T-quarterback and led Minnesota to a 7–2 record, missing the final game with an elbow injury, a 27–0 loss at Wisconsin. For that, he deserves to be enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame — and it’s a shame that he is not as of yet. He was a versatile place-kicking wide receiver who is a member of the Patriots’ 1960s All-Decade Team and the New England Patriots Hall of Fame (1992 inductee). Legendary Patriots color analyst, former Boston Patriot, and Patriots HOF'er Gino Cappelletti announced his retirement on Friday, July 20, after 32 years in the radio booth. 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Cappelletti was out of pro football in 1959, back in Minnesota. "I had this habit of staying behind the offensive huddle during practice when I was not in on defense," said Cappelletti. 20 jersey available for the New England Patriots? × He set the AFL single-game record by scoring 28 points in the Patriots' 42–14 rout of Houston on December 18, 1965. After retiring, he moved to the broadcast booth alongside play-by-play announcer Gil Santos, and the pair called Patriots games together for close to 30 seasons. Copyright © 1995-2020 eBay Inc. All Rights Reserved. Cappelletti was just the second AFL player to record three interceptions (of Tom Flores) in a regular-season game, holds the professional football record for most touchdowns in Saturday games (10), scored 18 points or more in a game ten times and scored 20 or more points in a game eight times. A Gino Cappelletti jersey. This website is the only official website of the New England Patriots and is © Copyright New England Patriots (the "Club"). Build your custom FanSided Daily email newsletter with news and analysis on New England Patriots and all your favorite sports teams, TV shows, and more. In many ways, he remains an MVP throughout New England. Your favorite teams, topics, and players all on your favorite mobile devices. "I played quarterback at the University of Minnesota in the single-wing offense," Cappelletti said. Gino Cappelletti is one of the best players in the history of the AFL and in the history of the New England Patriots franchise. As a wide receiver, Cappelletti — 6’, 190 lbs — was shifty, elusive, and excelled at creating space for himself from a double-move passing route that would leave him wide open — but he also had strong and sturdy hands to make any catch. The story on how Cappelletti moved from defensive back to wide receiver shows something about his work ethic, athleticism and character. Gino Cappelletti still proudly wears red today, as in the red blazer reserved for Patriots Hall of Famers. But since he was also a kicker, Cappelletti also ranks third all-time in total points scored for the Patriots with 1,130 points (42 touchdowns, 342 extra points, and 176 field goals). He is 5th in Patriots history in receiving touchdowns with 42 and has the most field goal attempts (334) in team history. Cappelletti did it all for the Patriots on and off the field, and was a true pioneer for the game of football along the way. , Cappelletti is the father-in-law of ex-Boston College and Chicago Bears standout Tom Waddle. When he retired from doing the team's radio broadcasts following the 2012 season, he had a great football analogy â "As they say in the huddle after a long, successful day's work, it's time to take a knee and celebrate the win!" He holds the AFL record with 1,100 career points and 170 field goals, led the AFL in scoring on five occasions, was a five-time AFL All-Star and is one of only three players to play in every AFL game, joining Jim Otto and George Blanda. His Patriots team scoring record lasted until it was broken by Adam Vinatieri on December 5, 2005. Cappelletti worked alongside Gil Santos as a color commentator for the Patriots' radio broadcasts on the New England Patriots Radio Network (in the 1988–90 period he worked alongside Dale Arnold). In 2003, however, Cappelletti was added to the list of Pro Football’s Hall of Very Good Players. Save gino cappelletti jersey to get e-mail alerts and updates on your eBay Feed. The restaurant was started in 1967 in Copley Square and it was the hottest place to go in town.  Cappelletti is a member of the Patriots Hall of Fame, the Patriots' All-1960s Team and the American Football League Hall of Fame.  He switched to offense late in that season and teamed up with quarterback Babe Parilli to form a tandem nicknamed "Grand Opera Twins", due to their Italian surnames. 3, No.  Cappelletti is the only player in professional football history to run for a two-point conversion, throw for a two-point conversion, catch a pass, intercept a pass, return a punt and return a kickoff in the same season. In this, the 50th anniversary of his 1964 American Football League MVP season, it is appropriate to tell the story of Cappelletti's on- and off-field impact on New England football. I was not going to make the same mistake that happened in Detroit, so I told him that I could play as a defensive back.". "I think fans were hungry for pro football at the time the American Football League and the Patriots came to town," Cappelletti said. The sixth-year defensive back turned in one of the best games of his career against the Broncos. His on-field prowess and versatility is a tale in and of itself. Gino Cappelletti still proudly wears red today, as in the red blazer reserved for Patriots Hall of Famers. The AFL put players' names on the back of the jerseys, used the two-point play and shared the profits from the television contacts among the teams â a practice that is the basis for the current NFL business model. Cappelletti, who entered the Patriots Hall of Fame in 1992, originally made the Boston Patriots as a defensive back. The entirety of this site is protected by copyright © 2001–2017 www.topsportmarts.com. Without fan support, the AFL would not have developed nor would it have been able to pressure the NFL into a merger. Sure enough the quarterback threw the ball to me and I caught the ball. Powered by Minute Media © 2020 All Rights Reserved. Gino Cappelletti is one of the best players in the history of the AFL and in the history of the New England Patriots franchise. Celebrate the storied career of your favorite gridiron legend with this Nike Game jersey. I have had the privilege of sharing the broadcast of six Super Bowls, and amazingly, five in the past decade. See more of Boston Sports and Music Memorabilia on Facebook New England Patriots news from FanSided Daily, 2020 New England Patriots: Worse record, better team, Lawyer Milloy speaks on his release from the New England Patriots, 15 Best Free Agent Acquisitions of All-Time. It was a new team in a new league fighting against the established National Football League. Save gino cappelletti jersey to get e-mail alerts and updates on your eBay Feed. He holds the professional football record for points over a six-year period (9.5), points over an 11-year period (7.5) and percentage of his team's total points over an eight-year period (34%). See each listing for international shipping options and costs. "In 1958, the New York Giants and the Baltimore Colts played in the first sudden death overtime in an NFL Championship Game in what has been called the greatest game ever. Its lightweight, breathable design combines modern details with player-specific graphics so you can show your past and present devotion to the New England Patriots. Fifty years ago, he became the first Patriots MVP. I do think it helped put the AFL in the spotlight.". Ebbets Field 1960 Gino Cappelletti DURENE New England Patriots Jersey XXL. Request a Quote. But as they say in the huddle after a long, successful day’s work, it’s time to take a knee and celebrate the win.”. Throughout his entire 11-year professional career, Gino Cappelletti proved to be one of the best players in the AFL and all the way through the NFL merger from 1960-1970 with the Boston Patriots.