The New England Patriots have announced that Gino Cappelletti, a longtime player and broadcaster for the organization, passed away this week at the age of 89 at his Wellesley home.
Cappelletti earned his way into the Patriots Hall of Fame as a wide receiver and placekicker for what were known as the Boston Patriots during his playing days, which were mainly in the American Football League (AFL) that merged with the NFL in 1970. Cappelletti scored the first points in AFL history, and finished his career as that league’s all-time points leader.
Following his playing career, Cappelletti did some coaching for the Pats, and spent many years as a popular broadcaster for the team.
“My heart aches after learning of Gino Cappelletti’s passing this morning,” said Robert Kraft, Patriots chairman and CEO, in a statement released by the team. “For the first 51 years of this franchise’s history, Gino contributed as an all-star player, assistant coach and broadcaster. You couldn’t be a Patriots fan during that era and not be a fan of Gino’s. The Patriots have had many iconic, fan-favorite players over the years. Gino was the first….”
Cappelletti’s honors in Wellesley included recognition at a Rotary Club meeting in 2012.
Funeral service arrangements have not yet been made and will be shared once they are confirmed.
An original Patriot who will forever remain a part of our family 💙❤️ pic.twitter.com/tg3ZkBqFYF
— New England Patriots (@Patriots) May 12, 2022
Steven scott says
I used to watch him cutting his lawn in the old days. He lived near Hardy School. For exercise he used an old fashioned reel lawn mower.
Mary McMillan Villa says
Mary McMillan Villa I graduated from Wellesley High School in 1970 . During school ,mostly vacations I worked in Brighams in Wellesley Hills . Mr. Cappelletti used to come in and ask for quarts of hand packed ice cream . I remember it so well since he always gave me a $ 1.00 tip !! Along with a nice smile and thank you. Never forgot that generous man .
Bob Brown says
Thank you for sharing this Mary