Gino Marchetti Speaker Profile
Hall of Fame Defensive End
Gino Marchetti Biography
Gino Marchetti was born January 2, 1927, Smithers, West Virginia and is a former football player in the National Football League. A defensive end, he played in 1952 for the Dallas Texans and from 1953 to 1966 for the Baltimore Colts.
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 Championships in 1958 and 1959. 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 Hall of Fame 1969.
Moved to left offensive tackle in 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 when 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 Gillman, the Los Angeles Rams head coach, "(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.
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Pro Football Hall of Fame Defensive End Gino Marchetti to be Featured at MAB Celebrity Services March Magic Show
Posted on 2 March 2013 | 12:11 am
Former Baltimore Colts defensive end Gino Marchetti will make an appearance at the MAB Celebrity Services March Magic Show this month. The 11-time Pro Bowler spent 14 seasons of his 15-year career with Baltimore and was the 1963 Pro Bowl MVP. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1972. Marchetti will meet with fans and sign autographs on Sunday, March 17 from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m....[Read More]
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