Category Archives: Gino Cappelletti

An Interview with Boston Patriots Legend, Gino Cappelletti

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. read more

A Hall of Fame Comparison – GINO CAPPELLETTI

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. read more

Gino Cappelletti and the 1964 Season Wrap-Up

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#003 – Gino Cappelletti

I felt like writing something about the Patriots’ Gino Cappelletti, whom I feel is one of the most underrated stars of the AFL.  Cappelletti was a great receiver and kicker, played all 10 years of the AFL, and ended up as the league’s all-time leading scorer.  Still he gets little recognition for his accomplishments.

Based on that I went to the S.I. Vault, and looked for the first article that I could find that included Cappelletti’s name.  Oddly, it was a preview of the 1964 AFL Championship game.  Cappelletti was included as the Patriots and Bills were still to play what was essentially a divisional championship game, and S.I. then evaluated all three teams chances in the championship game.  Author Edwin Shrake was very complimentary of Cappelletti.  After stating in the paragraph before that Babe Parilli was the best quarterback in the AFL (really?) he had the following to say about Cappelletti, “He is small and slow. But Cappelletti lulls defenses into a doze and then pops up so far open that it looks as if he had sneaked out of the bleachers…  In one recent game Cappelletti ran a succession of square-outs, then ran another square-out, took two more steps, whirled and went deep and was open by 20 yards for a touchdown.” read more

Important Moments in AFL History Gallery

joe foss hired as afl commissioner

Joe Foss (center) is congratulated by Lamar Hunt (left) and Harry Wismer (right) after being named as the first commissioner of the AFL.

For the past few years I have been putting together a collection of wire service photos that represent some of the more important moments in AFL history.  I recently opened a new photo gallery for this collection, which can be found on the home page.  The gallery is titled, “Important Moments in AFL History.”

The gallery opens with a photo that was distributed by the Associated Press on August 1, 1959.  This image, which is the earliest piece of AFL memorabilia that I have found, shows a young Lamar Hunt, and carries the following caption: DALLAS, TEXAS – AUG 1 – SEEKS NEW FOOTBALL LEAGUE – Lamar Hunt, 26, son of oil billionaire H.L. Hunt of Dallas is seeking to organize a new pro football league which will try to start play in 1960. read more

Gino Cappelletti Scores his 1,000th Career Point

Autographed 1968 Topps Gino CappellettiAn original Patriot going back to the team’s first season in 1960, Gino Cappelletti made a name for himself as a reliable wideout and kicker in a career that lasted all 10 AFL seasons.  On offense, Cappelletti averaged just over four touchdown receptions per season during his time in the AFL.  As a kicker, he led the league in total points in 1961, 1963, 1964, 1965 and 1966.  He averaged 16 field goals per season, and had a career extra-point conversion percentage of 96.9%. read more