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Friday, February 7, 2014
What about Cappelletti for Hall?

By Mike Reiss

In a column now posted on, NFL Nation Raiders reporter Paul Gutierrez writes on the voting process for the Pro Football Hall of Fame. The headline to the piece is, "Hall process a bittersweet, broken affair?"

As part of putting the piece together, Gutierrez asked fellow team-based reporters who might be viewed as the biggest snub from the club they cover.

I picked Gino Cappelletti for the Patriots.

I'm not a big "Hall of Fame guy" and generally shy away from debate on the topic. But I have wondered in recent years, especially when looking at some of the seniors nominees, why Cappelletti hasn't generated more momentum.

He played for the Patriots from 1960-70 and was a five-time AFL all-star. He was the AFL's Most Valuable Player in 1964 and is one of just three players to appear in every game in the AFL's history. He was a true football player in the sense that he caught passes and also was the team's accurate kicker.

I obviously wasn't around in that era but have heard the stories of Cappelletti's greatness.

Maybe it's time the seniors committee hears some of them, too.