Gino John Marchetti (born
January 2, 1927, Smithers, West Virginia) is a former professional American football player in the National Football League.
, he played in 1952
for the Dallas Texans
and from 1953
for the Baltimore
Marchetti enlisted in the U.S.
Army after graduating high
school in Antioch,
California and fought in the Battle of the Bulge as a machine gunner during World War II. Upon returning home
after the war, he attended Modesto Junior College (Calif.) for a
year before joining the football program at the University of
San Francisco, where his team enjoyed an undefeated season in
He was drafted in the
second round with the 14th overall pick by the New York Yanks
. In 2004, Marchetti was voted to the
East-West Shrine Game
Pro football career
During his rookie
season, the Yanks became
the Dallas Texans, which became the Baltimore Colts in 1953
. Marchetti played 13 seasons with the
Colts and helped them win NFL
. During his career, he was
noted for being effective against the run and a relentless
pass-rusher. Voted "the greatest defensive end in pro
football history," as selected by the Pro Football
Hall of Fame in 1969.
Moved to left offensive tackle
1954, a position Marchetti hated, but admitted that it taught him
how to beat a blocker. Returned to defensive end in 1955 and made
his first Pro Bowl
He made a big play in the 1958 NFL Championship Game
he prevented the New York Giants
from gaining a first down. Unfortunately for him, he fractured his
ankle on that same play but, as a team captain, insisted on
watching the rest of the historic overtime contest from the
sideline with his teammates rather than seeking immediate medical
attention in the locker room. The injury forced him to miss the Pro
Bowl that year and ended his string of nine consecutive Pro Bowl
appearances. Gino was First-team All-Pro nine times and a
Second-team selection once. Called by Sid
, the Los Angeles Rams
, "(T)he greatest player in
football. It's a waste of time to run around this guy's end. It's a
lost play. You don't bother to try it."
Enshrined in the Bay Area
Sports Hall of Fame
in 1985. Also a member of the National Italian
American Sports Hall of Fame
In 1959, Marchetti joined with several of his teammates, including
, and opened a fast food
restaurant. The business grew, began to
franchise, and would eventually become known as Gino's Hamburgers
. It was a successful
fast food chain and had 313 company-owned locations when they were
sold to Marriott
in 1982 who abandoned the name in favor of their
Awards and honors
- Pro Bowl Selection (1955-1965)
- All-NFL Selection (1956-1964)
- NFL 50th Anniversary Team ([1969)
- Pro Football Hall of Fame (1972)
- Bay Area Sports Hall of Fame (1985)
- NFL 75th Anniversary Team (1994)
- All-Madden All-Millennium
- NFL All-Time Team (2000)
- In 1999, he was ranked number 15 on The Sporting News' list of the 100
Greatest Football Players, the second-highest-ranking defensive end
behind Deacon Jones.
- National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame
- Gino Marchetti (Class of 2004) – East-West Shrine Game
Hall of Fame.
- Gino Marchetti – Pro Football Hall of
- Gino Marchetti (Football's 100 Greatest
Players) – The Sporting News.
- Gino Marchetti (Class of 1985) – Bay Area Sports Hall of
- Smith, Don. "Gino Marchetti," The Coffin Corner, Vol.
18, No. 5, 1996.
- Ravens Nest Baltimore Colts Page
- Sundays at 2:00 With the Baltimore Colts. (ISBN
- Gallery of Gino Marchetti's football cards
- Klingaman, Mike. "Catching Up With...former Colt Gino Marchetti,"
The Toy Department (The Baltimore Sun sports
blog), Wednesday, October 14, 2009.