“FENWAY'S BEST PLAYERS”
Gino Cappelletti attended the University of Minnesota where he played back-up quarterback to All-American Paul Giel for three season. He kicked extra points, but the team did not kick field goals in those years. They did not even practice the play. But as a sophomore, he talked the coach into letting him try a 43-yarder in a tie game with Iowa. He made it, and the Gophers went on to win. In 1954, as a senior, Cappelletti switched to T-quarterback and led Minnesota to a 7-2 record. He was named to the All Big 10 second team, but was not drafted by any NFL team.
Cappelletti tried out with the NFL's Detroit Lions after graduating in 1955 but failed to make the team. Cappelletti played quarterback for the Sarnia
Imperials of the ORFU in
Canada during 1955. He joined Toronto Balmy Beach in 1956, but was drafted into the U.S. Army in mid-season, returning to Canada in 1958. Cappelletti signed with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers of the CFL, but was traded to the
Saskatchewan Roughriders, later cut, and went back to the ORFU, leading the Sarnia Golden Bears (the team changed its name in 1956)
to the league championship. He joined the Boston Patriots of the newly organized American Football League in 1960.
Cappelletti was voted an AFL All-Star five times and still holds the Patriots records for career field goals made. He also remains among the top 10 receivers in Patriots history. After his playing career ended, Gino moved into the broadcast booth with his longtime partner Gil Santos. For the better part of the past quarter century, Santos and Cappelletti have been the voices of the Patriots for millions of New England football fans. In 1992, Gino was inducted in the Patriots Hall of Fame. In 2012, Cappelletti retired from broadcasting.