Joe Bellino Bio
Joseph Michael Bellino (March 13, 1938 – March 28, 2019) was an American football halfback who won the Heisman Trophy in 1960 playing for the United States Naval Academy and later played in the American Football League (AFL) for the Boston Patriots. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1977.
Early life, Joe Bellino Biography
Bellino was born in Winchester, Massachusetts, attended the town’s public schools, and was a three-sport star at Winchester High School. In baseball he batted well over .400 and was courted by major league teams. He was offered a contract by the Pittsburgh Piratesafter high school
The basketball team on which he starred won the state championship his sophomore and junior years. They moved up to the Class A (largest schools) tournament his senior year, where the team’s 55-game winning streak came to an end at the hands of much larger B.M.C. Durfee High School of Fall River.
College career, Joe Bellino Early Carrer
During his 1956–57 year at Columbian Academy in Washington, D.C., Bellino starred in both football and basketball. On November 25, Bellino scored three touchdowns in Columbian’s upset win over the Navy Plebes, 34–33.
In the fall of 1957, Bellino entered the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland along with his former high-school teammate, Frank Dattilo. During his freshman year, the Plebes matched up against the Penn State freshmen. Penn State won the game 23–13, but Bellino took a lateral from his Columbian teammate Harry Dietz and scored on an 85-yard kickoff return.
He was an outstanding baseball player at Navy, but his legendary exploits occurred on the football field.
Professional career Joe Bellino
Bellino was selected in 17th round of the 1961 NFL Draft. Washington Redskins, as well as in the 19th round of the 1961 AFL Draft by the Boston Patriots. He decided to join the Patriots of the American Football League, and played three seasons, primarily as a kick returner. Due to his five-year commitment to the U.S. Navy following graduation, he remains the lowest drafted Heisman Trophy winner in the history of the National Football League (NFL).
Bellino also played for the Providence Steamrollers semi-pro team in Providence, Rhode Island.
Bellino is the only former Heisman Trophy running back who has played for Patriots.
He had the Patriots longest kickoff return in 1966 and caught a 25-yard TD pass in the Patriots 20–10 win over the Buffalo Bills at War Memorial Stadium on October 8, 1966.
Joe Bellino After football
Bellino served a total of 28 years in the United States Navy and the Naval Reserve, and retired with the rank of Captain.
After the close of his playing career, he was a successful businessman in the Boston area, where he was also active in charitable organizations. He and his wife, Ann Tansey, had two children, Therese and John, and lived in Bedford, Massachusetts.
In 1976 Bellino also coached Saint Columbkille, a small Catholic school. In 1991, he was the first inductee into his high school’s Winchester Sports Foundation Hall of Fame.Bellino Park in Winchester was dedicated in his honor in November 2004.
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