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Gino Cappelletti retires as Patriots radio analyst

07.20.12 at 2:40 pm ET

The Patriots announced Friday that Gino Cappelletti is retiring from the team’s radio broadcast team after 32 years as an analyst. Cappelletti turned 78 in March.

‘€œThere will never be another Gino Cappelletti,’€ Patriots owner Robert Kraft said in a team statement. ‘€œIn our 52-year history, Gino served as a player, coach or color analyst for 45 of those seasons. I remember watching him play as an original Boston Patriot in 1960. He quickly became one of the biggest stars of the fledgling American Football League. He retired as the league’€™s all-time leading scorer and deserves special recognition, not just for being one of the pioneers of the AFL, but for creating the foundation on which our franchise was built.

“He has been a great ambassador for the Patriots over a career that spanned six decades. His legend has grown since he retired as a player, as generations of Patriots fans have grown up listening to him provide insight and analysis of many of the most memorable games in franchise history. While he may be stepping down as a broadcaster, he will always be a Patriots ambassador and will remain one of the most iconic figures in franchise history.’€

Added coach Bill Belichick: “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.”

Cappelletti, who was inducted into the Patriots Hall of Fame in 1992, played 11 seasons with the Patriots from 1960-70. A receiver and kicker, he was the 1964 AFL MVP and a five-time All-Star. One of only three players to play in every AFL game in the league’s 10-year history, Cappelletti is the AFL’s all-time leader in points (1,100) and field goals (170). He ranks second on the Patriots’ all-time scoring list with 1,130 points. He’s also second in extra points (342), eighth in receiving yards (4,589) and ninth in receptions (292).

Cappelletti started broadcasting Patriots games in 1972 and stopped after the 1978 season so that he could serve as the team’s special teams coach for three years. He returned to the booth in 1988 and has been there ever since.

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