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Bertelli, Angelo Bortolo (Bert)

Born: 1921 AD
Died: 1999 AD, at 78 years of age.

Nationality: American
Categories: Football Player


1921 - Born on the 18th of June in West Springfield, Massachusetts. Angelo Bertelli, the first of Notre Dame's seven Heisman Trophy winners and its first T-formation quarterback.

1940 - Bertelli entered Notre Dame, he was 6 feet 1 inch and 173 pounds, a skinny but highly regarded tailback in the single-wing formation used by most college teams.

1941 - In the Heisman voting for America's outstanding college football player, Bertelli finished second and sixth before capturing the trophy.

1942-1943 - Played for Notre Dame before leaving to join the United States Marine Corps.

         - Bertelli enlisted in the Marine Corps Reserves prior to his activation to active duty.

1944 - Bertelli was promoted to the rank of second lieutenant, where he served as an infantry and recreation officer.

         - Bertelli married Gilda Passerini, his childhood sweetheart.

         - The Boston Yanks selected Bertelli as their number one draft choice.

1945 - Bertelli fought in the Battle of Iwo Jima and was nearly killed when a Japanese mortar shell landed 15 feet away from his position.

         - Won Heisman Trophy as quarterback for University of Notre Dame.

1946-1948 - Bertelli signed with the Los Angeles Dons of the All-America Football Conference. Bertelli played for the Chicago Rockets.

1949 - His professional career ended after three seasons and three knee operations.

1957 - After World War II, Bertelli entered the Marine Corps Reserves where he was promoted to the rank of captain and retired afterwards.

1972 - He was elected to the College Football Hall of Fame.

1999 - Angelo Bertelli died on 26th of June.


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