Former Colts Hall of Famer Marchetti dies at 93

Former Colts Hall of Famer Marchetti dies at 93



Former Baltimore Colts defensive end and Pro Football Hall of Famer Gino Marchetti died Monday night. He was 92.

The Hall of Fame confirmed the news, which was met by an outpouring of support for the family in Indianapolis and Baltimore.

A veteran of the Battle of the Bulge against Nazi Germany, Marchetti was a nine-time All-Pro and 11-time Pro Bowl selection. The Colts won back-to-back championships with Marchetti anchoring the defensive line.

"You'll never know the sleepless nights I had when Green Bay was getting ready to play Baltimore," the late Forrest Gregg, the Packers' Hall of Fame offensive tackle, once said of Marchetti in an interview.

Marchetti was one of three defensive ends named to the NFL 75th Anniversary All-Time Team in 1994. The others were Deacon Jones and Reggie White.

Marchetti played for the Colts from 1953-66 after one season with the Dallas Texans in 1952; he was a second-round pick of the New York Yanks, but that franchise moved to Dallas before the 1952 season. The Texans folded after a 1-11 season and moved to Baltimore.

A three-year starter after his tour in the U.S. Army, Marchetti was a two-way tackle and part of the undefeated University of San Francisco team in 1951.

--Field Level Media

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