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.
I spoke with Gino over the phone today, and we discussed things ranging from his entrance into professional football to the 1963 AFL Championship, from Deflategate to his being snubbed by the Pro Football Hall of Fame, and everything in-between.