Gino Marchetti

Gino Marchetti

Birth
Smithers, Fayette County, West Virginia, USA
Death 29 Apr 2019 (aged 92)
Paoli, Chester County, Pennsylvania, USA
Burial Springfield, Delaware County, Pennsylvania, USA
Memorial ID 198751263 · View Source
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Hall of Fame Professional Football Player, Businessman. For fourteen seasons (1952 to 1964 and 1966), he played at the defensive end and defensive tackle positions in the National Football League with the Dallas Texans and Baltimore Colts. A fierce competitor with an intense desire to succeed, Marchetti was an opposing quarterback's nightmare, as he displayed forceful pass rush attacks during crucial down situations. He is still considered one of the greatest defensive ends in NFL history. Among his career accomplishments include eleven Pro-Bowl honors and seven time All-Pro recognition. He was a key member of two NFL Championship teams (1958 and 1959 Baltimore Colts). During the 1958 NFL Championship Game against the New York Giants (referred to as "The Greatest Game Ever Played") Marchetti suffered a broken leg a crucial tackle. Born Gino John Marchetti, he attended Antioch High School in California and following graduation, he enlisted with the United States Army during World War II. He saw action during the "Battle of the Bulge" as a machine gunner. Upon his return home, he enrolled at San Francisco College where he played collegiate football. Selected by the Dallas Texans during the 2nd round of the 1952 NFL Draft, he totaled 161 career regular season games. After retiring from football, he became a successful businessman in the restaurant industry. "Gino's" became a recognizable fast food restaurant (hamburgers and fried chicken) during the 1960s and 1970s with more than 300 locations nationwide. Marchetti was enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1972. In addition to his business endeavors, he was involved with several charitable causes.

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  • Originally Created by: C.S.
  • Added: 30 Apr 2019
  • Find A Grave Memorial 198751263
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Gino Marchetti (2 Jan 1927–29 Apr 2019), Find A Grave Memorial no. 198751263, citing Saints Peter and Paul Cemetery, Springfield, Delaware County, Pennsylvania, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .