​A football life well-lived has finally come to a close.


Generation-defining ​Baltimore Colts pass rusher Gino Marchetti has passed away at the age of 93. His career accomplishments stretch far beyond his litany of All-Pros (nine times on the first team) and Pro Bowls (make that 11).

Marchetti was a bonafide NFL star from the league's early days, leading the University of San Francisco to an undefeated season in 1952 before being drafted by the New York Yanks, a franchise that swiftly became the Dallas Texans, then finally the Baltimore Colts the next year (the early days of the league were weird).


His Colts teams won two NFL championships in 1958 and 1959, and he waltzed into the ​Hall in 1972, voted at the time to be the greatest defensive end in the game's history.​​

​​Naturally, Marchetti, a strong-willed individual, contributed plenty of history off the gridiron as well. He enlisted in the Army right out of high school, and served in World War II during the Battle of the Bulge. Following his career, Marchetti pivoted to fast food, building a chain called Gino's Hamburgers that spent nearly 30 years partnered with Marriott International.


This larger-than-life man embodied the early days of the league and the hard-nosed city of Baltimore to a T. He will be missed.