“FENWAY'S BEST PLAYERS”
Gino Cappelletti attended the University of Minnesota where he played back-up quarterback 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.
He tried out with the NFL's Detroit Lions after graduating in 1955 but failed to make the team. Instead he 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.
He returned to Canada in 1958
and signed with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers of the CFL, but was traded to the
later cut. He went back to the ORFU, leading the Sarnia Golden Bears to the league championship. He
then joined the Boston Patriots of the newly organized American Football League in 1960.
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 had been the voices of the Patriots for millions of New England football fans.
In 1992, Gino was inducted in the Patriots Hall of Fame. He was named to the Patriots all-time team during its 50th anniversary season in 2009 and the All-AFL team in 1971 and in 2012, he retired from broadcasting. He still ranks third all-time in Patriots history in scoring with 1,130 career points, as well as 10th with 292 receptions and 12th with 4,589 receiving yards.
Gino Cappelletti passed away at age 89, on May 12, 2022.