Category Archives: Gino Cappelletti
Here is a neat piece in which Patriot greats Larry Garron and Gino Cappelletti, recall the organization’s earliest days. They share a collective 20 years in a Patriots uniform (19 of which were spent in the AFL), 80 touchdowns and nine AFL All-Star Games. It could be said that no two players better represent the early Patriots than Garron and Cappelletti.
The Boston Globe recently ran an article in which Gino Cappelletti and Larry Garron reminisced about the early days in Patriots history. Both gentlemen are, of course, AFL legends, and members of the Patriots All-Decade Team for the 1960s. Garron, now 79, and Cappelletti, aged 82, have been around the Patriots since the team’s initial training camp in 1960. They played through some rough patches, enjoyed an Eastern Division title, and experienced much individual success. Cappelletti is the AFL’s all-time leading scorer, and Garron was selected to play in four AFL All-Star Games.
Last week I was contacted by the Talk of Fame Sports Network, and asked to be part of a radio show about the American Football League. This show is hosted by Ron Borges, Clarke Judge, and Rick Gosselin; three selectors for the Pro Football Hall of Fame, two-of-which sit on the senior committee. Gino Cappelletti and Lance Alworth were also guests for different segments of the show.
In speaking with the hosts prior to the show, I was pleased to learn that all three feel that the AFL has been given short-shrift in the voting process, and that they would like to see that changed.
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.
There is a feeling among AFL fans that the American Football League players are consistently overlooked for induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. In truth there are many players, the bulk of whose careers were spent in the AFL, that deserve serious consideration, if not outright induction. In an effort to spark some discussion regarding their hall of fame worthiness, I will occasionally compare AFL players to their NFL (and Hall of Fame) counterparts. The short biographies on the NFL players have been taken directly from the Pro Football Hall of Fame website.