Name: John Cappelletti
Position: Running Back
College: Penn State Nittany Lions
Winning Year: 1973 – 39th Award
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Interesting Notes: Cappelletti had the second and third best rushing years in Penn State history in 1972 and 1973, after spending the 1971 season at defensive back…ran for a total of 2,639 yards and 29 touchdowns, averaging 120 yards per game and 5.1 yards per carry…was named to nearly every All-American team in 1973 and had more than twice as many points in the Heisman race as second place finisher John Hicks of Ohio State…delivered what is still considered by many to be the most moving acceptance speech of all time, honoring his younger brother Joey who was suffering from leukemia…was a first-round draft choice for the Rams, but was never really able to get his professional career rolling…is currently partner in a Biotech and Pharmaceuticals components producer and lives in California with his family…remains the only Heisman winner from Penn State, an institution with a long standing tradition of excellent linebackers and running backs…won the only Heisman trophy I’ve ever seen in person.
Featured Card: 1977 Topps #108. Despite being a Heisman Trophy winner and first-round draft choice, John Cappelletti was not included in a major football card set until after he was promoted to the starting running back position during the 1976 season. His overall forgetful NFL career has obviously affected his value in collectors’ eyes. There are only a few copies of Cappelletti’s rookie card listed on eBay and one can by yours for just a couple of dollars shipped. Even an autographed version goes for about $10. Interestingly enough, the most valuable Cappelletti rookies appear to be from the 1977 Topps Mexican set, most likely due to its more scarce status.
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