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Gino Cappelletti Retires From Patriots Radio Team
Patriots Head Coach Bill Belichick added, "Going back to his days as one of the all-time great players, Gino has been such a fixture, so it is hard imagining not working with him on a regular basis. I have been fortunate to enjoy Gino's presence and share experiences that extend well beyond the game. Around the team, he wasn't just a broadcaster but was – and remains – truly part of the team, respected by players and coaches for representing everything good about sports. Gino is a class act, one of the true gentlemen of the AFL and NFL and I am proud to have been associated with him every week of my career as Patriots head coach."
A member of the Patriots Hall of Fame since 1992, Cappelletti spent his entire 11-year career with the Patriots from 1960-70 after joining the team from the University of Minnesota. He went on to earn five all-star selections as well as the AFL’s Most Valuable Player Award in 1964.
Cappelletti is one of only three players to play in every AFL game in the league’s 10-year history. He finished as the AFL’s all-time leader in points (1,100) and field goals (170). Cappelletti led the AFL in scoring five times and had two of the top five scoring seasons in AFL history – 155 points in 1964 and 147 points in 1961.
He is currently ranked second on the Patriots’ all-time scoring list with 1,130 points, second in extra point with 342, ninth in receiving with 292 catches and eighth with 4,589 receiving yards.
Following his playing career, Cappellletti spent seven seasons (1972-78) in the broadcast booth before returning to the sidelines as the special teams coach from 1979 through the 1981 season on Ron Erhardt’s staff. He returned to the broadcast booth in 1988, where he remained through the 2011 season.