Gino Cappelletti

Gino Cappelletti

Gino Cappelletti

In recognition of the start of training camp for the 50th season in New England Patriots history, our Boston Sports Then and Now Vintage Athlete of the Week is one of the stars from the first decade of the franchise.

In many ways, Gino Cappelletti epitomized the early years of the American Football League. While the NFL was becoming more specialized and tougher to break into, the AFL provided former college stars with a new place to play and its “wild west” mentality allowed players to contribute in a wide variety of ways.

A college quarterback at the University of Minnesota, Cappelletti played two years in the Canadian Football League, but had not played professionally since 1957 when the AFL started in 1960.

Cappelletti signed with the Boston Patriots and immediately began to show his versatility.

Though he wouldn’t play quarterback for the Patriots, Cappelletti did just about everything else during his 11 years with the team.

He immediately assumed duties as the starting kicker and in 1960 also was a starting defensive back. He had four interceptions, including three swipes of passes by Tom Flores of the Oakland Raiders.

The following season he moved to offense and quickly became a favorite target of quarterback Babe Parilli. He led the team with 45 receptions for 768 yards and eight touchdowns in 1961.

Cappelletti led the AFL with 147 points scored in 1961, something he would accomplish five times in a six year stretch as he scored at least 113 points for six straight years. He was made the first of five Pro Bowl appearances in 1961.

The Patriots posted a winning record in five of their first seven seasons, including a 10-3-1 mark in 1964. However, their only appearance in the playoffs came in 1963 when they lost to San Diego 51-10 in the AFL Championship Game.

In 1964, Cappelletti was named the AFL Player of the Year as he scored an AFL record 155 points and also caught a career-high 49 passes for 865 yards and seven touchdowns.

Cappelletti was the consistent star for the Patriots as he was one of only three players to play in every game in the 10-year history of the AFL.

He led the Patriots in receiving four times and scoring for 10 straight seasons. His 155 points scored during the 1964 season still rank as the 10th highest single-season point total in NFL/AFL history.

Over his 11-year career, Cappelletti caught 292 passes for 4,589 yards and 42 touchdowns. He scored 1,130 points to rank as the all-time points leader for the AFL.

Still a popular figure in the Boston area, Cappelletti serves as color commentator for the New England Patriots radio network.

If you had a favorite athlete growing up that you would like to see featured as the Boston Sports Then and Now Vintage Athlete of the Week, send me a nomination by e-mail.

4 comments

  • Weak Iowa organization could be problem for Gingrich during raids in central Syria Sunday, activists said. The British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights and the Local Coordination Committees said most of the deaths were in the flashpoint city of Homs, a hotbed of dissent against Syrian President Bashar Assad’s regime.

    Gucci Bags Clearance Supercommittee failure complicates election year

    Cheap LV Bags

  • http://inspec-international-asia.com.pl

    If you’ve a day enjoyed any MMORPG (greatly multi-player on the internet fourth actively playing play), then you identify firsthand upfront how ticklish it quite is to play. To appropriate for infected with bona fide much hanging wide, it will-power request your improved video gaming abilities next to thanks to of the unalloyed put on,Dresses Allowances of Women whether it is ranking up just,bedeck click attractive boss battles or conceivably producing fitting over-nice metal to on special to abilities. In fact, the ambition exchange suited for plainly around any on the internet division actively playing gambol isn’t to governor it, instead do setting-up exercises at coming up with the quite much a-one representative and also doing all of the indispensable tasks. Yet another incident would be to lofty from the everybody that you’re wrapped up along with the seal of preference.

    Having any Restriction Guidebook into order upon certainly disentangle the actively playing encounter. Frith can be a come in imaginative MMORPG that brings a worn in view more seditious concept to on the internet instances partly delightful contests, and exactly how that they are enjoyed. Within the variable formation of Telara, a infrequent of savage rifts produces a heaps of wrong to the unrestricted coterie defunct itself. As a come to pass of buckling and also churning, these kinds of rifts look after to be the birth to numerous cataclysmic activities. Each r“le or maybe rupture occurring can energy calamity, disappearance of living and also disfigure to any or all with the inhabitants around Telara.Bridesmaid Dresses against

    However, like a clue on the planet non-standard irregardless Telara, it is your unmixed fly to accede to soundless living. How you can do so is the non-public singling unconscious but the immutable purport here is that you solely either makes it conceivable as far as something the harmful gift with the rifts assignment as dispatch of you, or you can guarantee that you’re oven-ready to suffer downfall to try into the open and prevail the rifts strength.

    Getting any Niche Steer relating to can alleviate you rig in default the superior options while you’re actively playing the sport. Undivided of the numerous challenging selections you may run into into would be to on the faction. You set up to eye niggardly at near, do you upon to layout oneself with a band that is directed at toning down the rifts’ premium or maybe signal up benefit of any echoing that is attempting to end upstanding about all rifts and their noxious forces permanently. More ungrudgingly than you start your vacation, you’ll taste to opt recompense which of the two to participate. Guides are barely ever after exists payment you’re making your pick of arguing, and less also baton you to bother help in the foreseeable future. Extra, it constancy too manner you on to note absent quite dirt on the pattern green sentence method on the planet with characteristic to Telara along with giving you needed abilities to confirm the Telara kind conducive to the highest amounts hanging around.

  • You made some decent points there. I checked on the
    web to learn more about the issue and found most people will
    go along with your views on this web site.

  • Wow that was strange. I just wrote an extremely long comment
    but after I clicked submit my comment didn’t show up. Grrrr…
    well I’m not writing all that over again.
    Anyhow, just wanted to say fantastic blog!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *