Two Old Patriots

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Autographed 1963 Fleer Larry Garron

#01 – Larry Garron

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.

In the Globe’s piece, Two former Patriots recall the team’s first season, these two gentlemen recall the earliest of Patriot days, far before Belichick and Brady were ever imagined.

For more Patriots memories, you can listen to the interview below that I conducted with Gino Cappelletti in 2015.

Autographed 1963 Fleer Gino Cappelletti

#05 – Gino Cappelletti

Todd Tobias (767 Posts)

Todd Tobias's interest in the American Football League began in 1998, when he wrote my master's thesis about Sid Gillman. He created this site to educate and entertain football fans with the stories of the American Football League, 1960-1969. You can follow Todd and get more AFL history on Twitter @TalesfromtheAFL.



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3 Responses to Two Old Patriots

  1. Eddie Arminio says:

    Gino Cappelletti belongs in the Hall of Fame, what a travesty the voting is.

  2. Matt Haddad a.k.a. overdrive1975 says:

    Great article ! ! !

    Great to hear Garron and Cappelletti reminisce. I knew of Gino Cappelletti when I was a kid in the late ’70’s, though I didn’t know much about him. I remember wondering if he was related to Los Angeles Rams running back John Cappelletti.

    I didn’t know who Larry Garron was (back in the late ’70’s), but I’ve enjoyed learning about him. He sounds like a great player.

  3. Matt Haddad a.k.a. overdrive1975 says:

    And Todd, a thousand pardons ! ! !

    I didn’t realize you were still posting. It seemed like you stopped posting earlier this year (like in January or February), and your articles weren’t getting sent to me. Your site crossed my mind a number of times this year–all those great articles, and those great comments by the readers ! ! !

    I finally dialed up your site last night. I should have done it sooner. I am very sorry.

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