Sunday, December 30, 2012
Santos to enter Patriots Hall of Fame
By Field Yates
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Patriots owner Robert Kraft announced during a pregame ceremony celebrating the career of longtime team radio announcers Gil Santos and Gino Cappelletti that Santos will be inducted into the team's Hall of Fame as a contributor in 2013.
The pregame ceremony included remarks from Kraft, Santos and Cappelletti, already a member of the team's Hall of Fame. Sunday marks the final regular-season game that Santos will call, while Cappelletti retired from the booth after the 2011 season. He will join Santos on the call for the first series of Sunday's game.
Santos will become the 20th member of the team's Hall of Fame and the second as a contributor, joining Billy Sullivan, the franchise's founder and original owner.
“There will never be another tandem like Gil and Gino,” Kraft said. “They are two Patriots icons and legendary broadcasters. I am proud to say that they will both be known as Patriots Hall of Famers. Gil has always had such a great voice. We are lucky that his radio calls will be indelibly linked to the most memorable moments in our franchise’s history and we are happy to preserve his legacy in The Hall for generations to come.”
Earlier this year, former wide receiver Troy Brown became the latest inductee to the Hall of Fame.