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Former Patriots and AFL star Gino Cappelletti dead at 89

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Gino Cappelletti, a former AFL Most Valuable Player and authentic member of the Boston Patriots who was a part of the franchise for 5 many years as a participant, coach and broadcaster, has died. He was 89.

Cappelletti died Thursday at his residence in Wellesley, Massachusetts. His dying was introduced by the New England Patriots on Thursday. No explanation for dying was given.

“My heart aches after learning of Gino Cappelletti’s passing this morning. 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,” New England Patriots proprietor Robert Kraft mentioned in an announcement. “As great of a player as he was, he was an even better person and storyteller.”

Known as “The Duke,” Cappelletti performed receiver and kicker and scored the primary regular-season factors in AFL historical past, a 35-yard subject objective within the first quarter of the Patriots’ 13-10 loss to the Denver Broncos on Sept. 9, 1960.

Gino Cappelletti in 2015

He went on to be the league’s MVP in 1964 and was one in every of three gamers to play in each sport within the AFL’s 10-year historical past, together with Jim Otto and George Blanda.

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Cappelletti spent his complete career in Boston from 1960-70, ending it because the AFL’s all-time chief in factors (1,100) and subject objectives (170). He was honored because the second Patriots participant inducted into the crew’s corridor of fame in 1992, becoming a member of guard John Hannah.

Following his enjoying days Cappelletti spent seven seasons within the radio sales space (1972-78) earlier than becoming a member of Patriots coach Ron Erhardt’s employees in 1979, serving because the crew’s particular groups coach till 1981. He returned to broadcasting for the Patriots in 1988 as a radio analyst and remained in that (*89*) via the 2011 season.

He is survived by his spouse, Sandy, daughters Gina, Cara and Christina, and 10 grandchildren.

Funeral preparations are pending.