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John Cappelletti

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09/07/2013

Nittany Lions Soar Past the Eagles, 45-7

Hackenberg breaks Penn State freshman passing record with 311 yards; Belton and Lynch each run for 108 yards

09/05/2013

Special Student Ticket Offer Available Saturday for Home Opener vs. Eastern Michigan

Penn State students from all campuses can purchase tickets Saturday at 8 a.m. at Medlar Field box office


Inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame: 1993

All-American Selection: 1973

The 1973 Heisman Trophy winner, John Cappelletti helped the Nittany Lions to a perfect 12-0 season and No. 5 national ranking in both of the major polls. A consensus All-American, Cappelletti rushed for 1,522 yards and 17 touchdowns in 1973. The Upper Darby, Pa., native put together three straight 200-yard rushing games in the final month of the season, including a high of 220 against North Carolina State. Cappelletti also received the Maxwell Trophy and was selected as Player-of-the-Year by ABC-TV, United Press International, the Philadelphia Sports Writers Association, the Walter Camp Foundation and the Washington Touchdown Club. He played in the Hula and Senior bowl games. Cappelletti's career yardage total of 2,639 still ranks him No. 9 on the Lions' all-time rushing list. His 1973 rushing total is fourth on the school season rushing list to Larry Johnson (2,087), Lydell Mitchell (1,567) and Ki- Jana Carter (1,539). Cappelletti still holds a number of Penn State ground-gaining records. A firstround draft choice of the National Football League Los Angeles Rams, Cappelletti played 10 seasons in the professional ranks, six in Los Angeles and four with the San Diego Chargers. He resides in Laguna Niguel, Cal., where he is active in sales and manufacturing activities. Cappelletti was inducted into the National Football Foundation College Football Hall of Fame on December 7, 1993.

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