Gino Cappelletti, a member of the Boston Patriots, died at 89.
He was also a player for the American Football Leagues.
Long before the Patriots were the AFL’s Boston Patriots, calling Foxborough their home and performing as the NFL’s gold standard; they were the Gino Cappelletti’s team thru and thru.
In 1960, Cappelletti joined the AFL American Football League after he was undrafted by the University of Minnesota.
Along with the other two outstanding players, Jim Otto and George Blanda, Cappelletti was one of these three players who appeared in AFL’s every game in its 11-year history.
Moreover, he played his entire career with the Patriots franchise as a player, coach, and broadcaster. He spent more than 51 years of his life being an original member of the Boston Patriots since 1960.
In 1992, he became the Patriots’ second inductee into the Hall of Fame.
He kicked his career being the AFL’S all-time leading scorer earning (1,100 points) and field goal kicker (170).
“My heart aches after learning of Gino Cappelletti’s passing this morning,” said the Patriots owner Robert Kraft.
“He was one of the AFL’s biggest stars, becoming the first Patriots player to earn league MVP honors and retiring as the league’s all-time leading scorer. He became the second player in franchise history to earn Patriots Hall of Fame induction, and I will always believe he deserves to be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. As great a player as he was, he was an even better person and storyteller. On behalf of my family and the entire Patriots organization, we extend our heartfelt condolences to Gino’s wife, Sandy, their three daughters, Gina, Cara, Christina, their ten grandchildren, and the many others who will be mourning his loss.”