Bertelli, Angelo Bortolo
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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