Gino Marchetti, one of the most dominant and feared defensive linemen in the NFL when he played for the Baltimore Colts during the 1950s and ’60s, has died at the age of 92.
One of his nicknames was “Gino The Giant.” He was a 6-foot-4, 245-pound defensive end who sparked terror in the hearts of offensive linemen, quarterbacks and probably coaches also throughout his 14 NFL seasons, mostly because of his tough pass-rushing abilities.
After fighting in World War II and going to college, Marchetti began his career with the Dallas Texans in 1952 before that team folded, which helped make him a Baltimore Colt. He was a big help to the Colts during their early years, being picked as the best defensive end during the first 50 years of the NFL and earning 11 straight Pro Bowl selections.
Marchetti made All-NFL teams from 1956-64. He became such a good pass-rusher that teams often would double- and triple-team him. But he still caused trouble and often found a way to get to the quarterback and wreak havoc.