The Navy halfback was nicknamed the “Winchester Rifle,” after his suburban Boston hometown. In 1960 he became the first Navy player to win the Heisman. Bellino served 28 years in the Navy and Naval Reserves and reached the rank of Captain before retiring.
Bellino was drafted by Washington of the NFL and the Boston Patriots of the AFL. After serving his military commitment, he played three seasons with the Patriots, mostly as a kick returner.
He was also offered a contract by the Pittsburgh Pirates out of high school.
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