Artifact of The Month: May
5/16/11 3:00 PM
May's Artifact of the Month is on loan from former Patriots kicker Gino Cappelletti, who scored 1,130 career points as a place-kicker and wide receiver for the American Football League's Boston Patriots from 1960-1970.
He loaned his uniquely-shaped kicking shoe to The Hall for fans to see. His right cleat has a square toe because Cappelletti was a straight-ahead kicker, a technique that has given way to soccer-style kicking, which no longer requires the type of shoe used by Cappelletti and others of his era.
Cappelletti, who currently works broadcasting Patriots games on 98.5 The Sports Hub, is a storied Patriot and member of the team's Hall of Fame. He is an original Patriot and has been named to the 1960s Patriots Team of the Decade and the Patriots 50th Anniversary Team along with being a member of the AFL's All-Time team.
He was a five-time AFL All-Star, is the league's all-time leading scorer, was the 1964 AFL Most Valuable Player and led the league in scoring five times, including a record 155 points in 1964 -- still the highest single-season total in team history.
Cappelletti converted 342 extra points, 176 field goals and scored 42 touchdowns. He is eighth all-time in team history with 292 receptions, seventh in receiving yards with 4,589, fourth in TD receptions (42) and eighth in yards per reception with 15.7.
His 1,130 points remains second all-time in team annals behind only Adam Vinatieri.