Gino Cappelletti, an authentic member of the Boston Patriots and a franchise Hall of Famer, handed away Thursday at age 89, the group introduced.
Cappelletti was concerned with the Patriots for 51 years as a large receiver/placekicker, coach and broadcaster. He was voted MVP of the American Football League (AFL) in 1964, an AFL all-star 5 occasions and later a member of the franchise’s fiftieth anniversary group. Cappelletti spent his complete 11-year enjoying profession in New England.
He transitioned to broadcasting in 1972, then coached particular groups for 3 seasons earlier than later returning to the printed sales space because the Patriots’ radio analyst from 1988-2011. In 1992, Cappelletti grew to become the second individual to be inducted into the Patriots Hall of Fame, after Pro Football Hall of Fame offensive lineman John Hannah. Today, he ranks because the group’s third all-time main scorer with 1,130 profession factors and tenth all-time in receptions with 292.
Patriots proprietor Robert Kraft expressed his condolences to the Cappelletti household in an announcement Thursday.
“The Patriots have had many iconic, fan-favorite players over the years. Gino was the first,” Kraft’s assertion learn. “I bear in mind watching him play in 1960 and all through his profession. He was one of many AFL’s largest stars, turning into the primary Patriots participant to earn league MVP honors and retiring because the league’s all-time main scorer. He grew to become the second participant in franchise historical past to earn Patriots Hall of Fame induction and I’ll at all times consider he deserves to be within the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
“As great of 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 and Christina, and their 10 grandchildren, as well as the many others who will be mourning his loss.”
Cappelletti was surrounded by household on the time of his passing, in keeping with the group’s launch.