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Angelo Bertelli
Birth: Jun. 18, 1921
Death: Jun. 26, 1999

College Football Heisman Trophy Winner and Professional Football Player. He is remembered for winning the coveted Heisman Trophy in 1943 as a quarterback for the University of Notre Dame "Fighting Irish" in South Bend, Indiana. A natural athlete, he was born Angelo Bortolo Bertelli to Italian immigrant parents. He graduated from Cathedral High School in Springfield, Massachusetts where he won all-state honors in football, baseball, and hockey, and was also the senior class president. In 1940 he enrolled at Notre Dame where he played for coach Frank Leahy and as a sophomore, he led the nation with a 56.9 percent passing average, completing 70 of 123 attempts. In 1942, while at Notre Dame, he enlisted in the US Marine Corps Reserves during World War II. That year, the team switched to a modified T-formation on offense, in which he would play under the center and take every snap and he was highly successful, passing for 1,039 years and 10 touchdowns. During his senior year in 1943, the US Marine Corps activated him after the sixth game of Notre Dame's 10-game season. In those six games, he threw 36 passes, completing 25 with 10 touchdowns and his performance was enough to win the Heisman Trophy. During his three seasons as quarterback, Notre Dame lost only three games. During his collegiate career, he was named to the 1942 and 1943 All-American teams. In the Heisman voting for America's outstanding college football player, he finished second in 1941 and sixth in 1942 before capturing the trophy in 1943. Though on active duty with the Marine Corps, the Boston Yanks selected him as their number one draft choice in 1944. In 1944, after being activated to military service, he was promoted to the rank of second lieutenant, where he served as an infantry and recreation officer. After assignments to Camp Quantico, Virginia, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, and Camp Pendleton, California, he was sent to the Pacific Theater February 1945. He saw combat action in the Battle of Iwo Jima and was nearly killed when a Japanese mortar shell landed 15 feet away from his position. In March 1945 he returned to Guam, in the Pacific Ocean, and later served in Sasebo, Japan, before returning to the US in March 1946. After World War II he joined the US Marine Corps Reserves where he was promoted to the rank of captain and served until 1957. In 1946 he signed with the Los Angeles Dons of the All-America Football Conference and played for the Chicago Rockets between 1947 and 1948. After several knee surgeries, he retired prior to the 1949 season. After his retirement from professional football, he moved to Clifton, New Jersey and operated several successful businesses. He also became the color analyst for the Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey football games broadcast on radio station WVNJ, 620 AM and 100.3 FM in the 1950s and 1960s. He died of brain cancer at the age of 78. In 1972 he was inducted to the College Football Hall of Fame. (bio by: William Bjornstad) 
 
Burial:
Immaculate Conception Cemetery
Upper Montclair
Essex County
New Jersey, USA
Plot: Section St. Joseph, Row 13A
 
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Record added: Jan 30, 2000
Find A Grave Memorial# 8334
Angelo Bertelli
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Angelo Bertelli
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- Eddie Hale
 Added: Jan. 6, 2014
Forever loved, forever missed. Rest in Peace, Angelo Bertelli
- Quack_Quack
 Added: Dec. 11, 2013
You had a distinguished football career while attending Notre Dame. Thank you for your military service to our country during World War II. Rest in peace.
- William Bjornstad
 Added: Aug. 17, 2013
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