Monthly Archives: May 2015
As a fan of the AFL, I would enjoy the opportunity to interview any of the men associated with the league. However, I have a particular appreciation for the 20 men players who were involved in all 10 seasons of the AFL. Today I had the great fortune to speak with one of those gentlemen. It was a wonderful 40-minute discussion that I am proud to be able to share with AFL fans.
Gino Cappelletti is “Mr. Patriot.” Long before Tom Brady was ever born, Duke was kicking and catching his way into professional football history. He is a five-time AFL All-Star, the 1964 AFL Most Valuable Player, the first player to score 1,000 points in league history, and the AFL’s all-time leading scorer. After his storied career ended in 1970, Gino Cappelletti went on to distinguish himself with by serving as the Patriots’ radio analyst for 32 seasons.
Running back Bert Coan was drafted by the Oakland Raiders in 1962. After playing in four games with the Chargers, Coan was shipped off to the Kansas City Chiefs prior to the start of the 1963 season. Coan spent six years with the Chiefs where he had a strong, if unheralded career. He led the AFL with 5.4 yards-per-carry in 1966, and finished Top 10 in the league each season in most rushing categories.