The Strange Beginning To Patriots’ Great Gino Cappelletti’s Professional Career


Gino Cappelletti is famous as one of the great early Patriots players. The Patriots were formed in 1960 as the Boston Patriots and Cappelletti became one of the team’s first stars. He played wide receiver and kicker and by the time his career was over he was the team’s all time leading scorer, he would hold this distinction until being passed by kicker Adam Vinatieri in 2005.

Gino Cappelletti had an odd start to his pro career though. His first professional job was as the quarterback of the Sarnia Imperials of the ORFU (Ontario Rugby Football Union), after which he also played for the Toronto Balmy Beach club. After a short stint in the United States army, Cappelletti returned to Canada and played with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers and Saskatchewan Roughriders of the Canadian Football League. He would be cut from the Roughriders and return to Sarnia of the ORFU for a brief time. When the AFL was formed in 1960, Cappelletti joined the Patriots, switched to wide receiver, and teamed with quarterback Babe Parilli to become one of the new league’s most fun to watch duos.

Gino Cappelletti didn’t start out on the same track as many future football stars, but he eventually made it there. Along the way he won a league MVP award and was named to five AFL All-Star teams. He also holds the distinction of scoring more points in the American Football League than any other player.

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