Angelo Bertelli Wins Heisman Trophy
He made the T-Formation click for the Fighting Irish until his entry into the Marine Corps in 1943.
Bertelli completed 169 of 324 passes in 26 games accounting for 2,582 yards. Twenty-nine of those completions were for touchdowns. His legerdemain with the football and capacity for the big play gripped the attention of football fans and sportswriters alike. Grant land Rice called Angelo a great passer and T-Formation magician. Those were the days when faking was what the T was all about. Frank Leahy, in his book "The T-Formation", called Angelo "The man around whom we built all our hopes and dreams when we shifted into the T in 1942. He more than lived up to our highest expectations as he led Notre Dame to their many successful years with the T." In his senior year his team averaged more than Jima and Guam. AAngelo Died on June 26th, 1999.
Angelo was elected to the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame in 1972.
Bertelli swept the field, being named first in all five sections. He then entered the Marine Corps and served with distinction in key battles at Jima and Guam. Notre Dames' 1943 team was one of the best in college history, with three of its players placing in the top nine in the Heisman balloting.
Angelo Bortolo Bertelli (June 18, 1921 - June 26, 1999) was an American football quarterback. He played six games for Notre Dame in 1943 before leaving to join the United States Marine Corps. He was awarded the Heisman Trophy for that season.
He was nicknamed the "Springfield Rifle" because he hailed from West Springfield, Massachusetts, and he was one of the early true forward passers in college football.
Angelo played for the Los Angeles Dons and Chicago Rockets of the All-America Football Conference after his service in the military. He owned a series of liquor stores in Clifton, New Jersey and in West Springfield.
He died in 1999 and was buried in Immaculate Conception Cemetery, Montclair.
Bertelli is the father of Robert Bertelli, better known as Bob Bert, a musician who played in Sonic Youth and other bands.
Frank Leahy's switch to the T-formation starting in 1942 made a star of Bertelli and helped him win the Heisman Trophy as a senior despite playing in only six of Notre Dame's 10 games. Bertelli's Irish career began as a single-wing tailback in 1941 as his 1,027 passing yards (and a .569 completion percentage that led the nation) propelled his team to a 9-0-1 record. As a junior, he switched to quarterback in the T and ended up throwing for another 1,039 yards and 10 touchdowns. In a 27-10 win over Stanford that year, he threw four touchdown passes and completed a record 10 straight passes. Runnerup to Minnesota's Bruce Smith for the Heisman as a sophomore and sixth as a junior behind winner Frank Sinkwich of Georgia, Bertelli's play enabled Notre Dame to average 43.5 points in its first six games in '43 before the Marine Corps called him into service. Still, he threw 10 scoring passes in those six contests and helped Notre Dame claim the national title despite a final-game loss to Great Lakes while Bertelli was in boot camp. He played three seasons with Los Angeles and Chicago in the All-America Football Conference before a knee injury ended his career. Bertelli now runs a beverage distributorship in Clifton, N.J. He joined the National Football Foundation Hall of Fame in 1972. Bertelli died on June 6, 1999.