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Old 04-30-2019, 09:37 AM
 
Location: Northern Wisconsin
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Former Baltimore Colt Gino Marchetti has died from complications of pneumonia


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Old 04-30-2019, 11:02 AM
 
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RIP Gino


I'll have to stop by his restaurant tonight and pick up burgers for dinner in his honor.

I was fortunate enough to meet him when the Glen Burnie restaurant re-opened. I had salvaged a couple of pieces of the exterior of the Brooklyn Park restaurant with it's distinctive red, black, and white ceramic tile facing, when it was demolished. I took them with me and he autographed them. I gave him one of the pieces to put in their display of other Colts and restaurant memorabilia. Gino was pleased that I had bothered to save them, and to have one for the display.

Cool guy, and a great football player.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=abVEicgjbJg
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Old 04-30-2019, 03:13 PM
 
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RIP Gino


I'll have to stop by his restaurant tonight and pick up burgers for dinner in his honor.

I was fortunate enough to meet him when the Glen Burnie restaurant re-opened. I had salvaged a couple of pieces of the exterior of the Brooklyn Park restaurant with it's distinctive red, black, and white ceramic tile facing, when it was demolished. I took them with me and he autographed them. I gave him one of the pieces to put in their display of other Colts and restaurant memorabilia. Gino was pleased that I had bothered to save them, and to have one for the display.

Cool guy, and a great football player.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=abVEicgjbJg

He WAS a great football player. In his era (1953 to 1966) he was without a doubt the best defensive end in pro football. He was an 11 time pro bowler and a 9 time first team all pro and where he stacks up against the modern players? Well, in 2011 he is still ranked #39 in NFL Films "Top 100 players in NFL History." He's also part of the "Greatest Generation" as before he went to college at the University of San Francisco he was in the 69th infantry division as a machine gunner in the U.S. Army, was a participant in the "Battle Of The Bulge."


He didn't have the size to bowl over the offensive lineman, but he had great technique. Was definitely the leader of that Colts defense. After retirement he never left the area, had a great post career and opened up a hamburger chain that grew to 300 locations, called Gino's Hamburgers. One of the most noted Colt players in franchise history. RIP, Gino.
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Old 05-01-2019, 09:09 PM
 
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Truly sad to hear of his passing. I was a fond fan of the Colts in those days.

I met him once. I was working at a Gino's hamburger joint on Patapsco Ave in s.w. Baltimore and he came in with Alan Ameche. They both were huge guys; stood there watching us make burgers. The Gino Giant double decker was tons better than the Big Mac will ever be. IIRC the legal name of the burger chain was A&G Foods. Oh the memories. My how time flies.

Carpe diem.
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Old 05-11-2019, 08:36 PM
 
Location: God's Country
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One of my boyhood heroes. Recalling Chuck Thompson on the radio during games saying that Chuck Conerly, Tobin Rote, Bobby Layne, Y.A. Tittle, Norm Van Brocklin, Ed Brown, George Blanda, Jim Finks, Tarkenton, et al. were screaming at their OLs to "Keep him offa me!"

At the insane asylum on 33rd St., when the zeebs made a bad call and we'd go ballistic and prevent the opponent's offense from hearing signals, all Gino had to do was raise his arms and push downward, and we'd shut up.

Forget Unitas, Moore, Berry, Jimmy Orr, Parker, Donovan, Big Daddy, Pellington, Boyd, Nelson, Milt Davis, Szymanski …. Gino was da man on them Colt teams.
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Old 05-12-2019, 05:51 AM
 
Location: Two Rivers, Wisconsin
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Those were the teams in the "good old days"! RIP, thoughts for his family.
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