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Vincent Pazzetti

  • Sport: Football
  • Decade Inducted: 80s

A triple-threat on the football field, the first Italian American to be named All-American.

Vincent Pat Pazzetti was born January 2, 1887 in Wellesley Hills, Massachusetts. In 1911, at Lehigh University in Connecticut, Pazzetti quickly became known as one of football’s most prolific passers.

Pazzetti was known as a triple threat, thanks to his passing, running, and punting skills, holding his own against players such as Jim Thorpe, a Carlisle Indian and All-American. His performance earned Pazzetti the title of team captain.

As a quarterback, Pazzetti ensured his place in history as the first Italian American to be named All-American. He was inducted posthumously to the National Football Foundation Sports Hall of Fame in 1961 and the National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame in 1983.