Patriots Hall Of Fame Player, Broadcaster Died At Age 89

The NFL world lost a legend. New England Patriots Hall of Fame player Gino Cappelletti died at 89 and NFL fans are shocked. The Patriots released a statement shortly after Gino’s death was confirmed.

Cappelletti was brilliant during his time in the American Football League. He earned AFL MVP honors in 1964 and showed great performance on the field. Cappelletti ranked third on the all-time scoring list with his 1,130 points, right after Stephen Gostkowski and Adam Vinatieri.

The Hall of Famer had an excellent broadcasting career. He retired in 1972 and took his talents to another level. He called six of the Patriots seven Super Bowl appearances.

Patriots owner praised the legendary player after he died

Robert Kraft has nothing but words of praise for Cappelletti. The Patriots owner recognized Cappelletti as a key figure in the organization. He saved the best comments for the NFL legend, mentioning that Cappelletti had an army of supporters.

“My heart aches after learning of Gino Cappelletti’s passing this morning,” Kraft said. “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. I remember watching him play in 1960 and throughout his career. He was one of the AFL’s biggest stars, becoming the first Patriots player to earn league MVP honors and retiring as the league’s all-time leading scorer. He became the second player in franchise history to earn Patriots Hall of Fame induction and I will always believe he deserves to be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. As great of a player as he was, he was an even better person and storyteller.

“On behalf of my family and the entire Patriots organization, we extend our heartfelt condolences to Gino’s wife, Sandy, their three daughters, Gina, Cara and Christina, and their 10 grandchildren, as well as the many others who will be mourning his loss.”