Gino Marchetti, a Baltimore Colts legend and a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, died Monday at the age of 93.
“A giant of a man with a giant heart who helped many in need, Gino Marchetti is at or near the top of the greats in Baltimore athletic and football history,” the Ravens said in a statement regarding Marchetti’s passing. “Beloved in Baltimore, this Pro Football Hall of Famer loved our community and the fans who were so special to him. Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife, Joan, and the Marchetti family. We appreciate the kindness and respect Gino showed the Ravens over the last 23 years.”
Playing with the Colts from 1953 to 1966, Marchetti was a dominant 6-foot-4, 245-pound defensive end, known both for his pass-rushing and his ability to stop the run.
He was a key member of the Colts NFL championship teams in 1958 and 1959. Marchetti was a first-team All-Pro nine times in his career, and he was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1972. He was a member of the league’s silver anniversary team (1969) and 75th anniversary team (1994).
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