Voters Have Not Forgotten Gino

Talk of Fame Network

Gino Cappelletti scored more points than any player in the history of the American Football League.

But no one seemed to notice -- until now. In this week’s Talk of Fame Network poll, Cappelletti was the overwhelming choice by voters as the most deserving player from the AFL era not enshrined in Canton.

Cappelletti received 50 percent of the vote to top Kansas City safety Johnny Robinson (22 percent of the vote), Denver wide receiver Lionel Taylor (19 percent) and Jets offensive tackle Winston Hill (8 percent).

Cappelletti also played wide receiver for the Boston Patriots and finished in the AFL’s all-time top 10 in receptions and receiving yards. He scored 1,130 in his 10-year career with the Patriots on 342 conversion kicks, 176 field goals and 42 touchdowns.

Cappelletti was the AFL MVP in 1964, a five-time all-star and a member of the AFL's all-time team yet has never been a finalist for the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Cappelletti received the vote of Talk of Fame co-host Ron Borges.

"Our voters got it right," Borges said. "Gino Cappelletti is the all-time leading scorer in AFL history, a former league MVP and a consistently productive player who deserves Hall of Fame consideration."

But Cappelletti was not the unanimous selection of the Talk of Fame Network hosts. Rick Gosselin cast his ballot for Robinson, who was selected to the AFL’s all-time team at safety.

Robinson’s 57 interceptions with the Dallas Texans and Kansas City Chiefs rank 12th all-time. He led the AFL with 10 interceptions in 1966 and the NFL with 10 more in 1970. Robinson has been a Hall of Fame finalist six times.

“The AFL has never received a fair shake from the Hall of Fame selection committee,” Gosselin said. “There are only 19 AFL-era players enshrined. Robinson should already be in and both Cappelletti and Hill deserved to be discussed as finalists by now.”


Courtesy of the New England Patriots