Joseph Bellino Wins Heisman Trophy
Joe Bellino, at 5'9" and 181 pounds, in Navy's 1960 season (9-1), gained 834 yards, over half his team's total of 1,650 yards.
He competed five of 14 passes, two for touchdowns, caught 15 passes for 264 yards and three touchdowns. His quick-kicks averaged 47.1 yards and he returned 5 punts for 97 yards and 11 kickoffs for 240 yards. He was Navy's chief scorer in 1960 with 18 touchdowns. He was drafted by the AFL's Boston Patriots and played for three seasons. In 1968, he was drafted by the NFL's Cincinnati Bengals, but preferred to retire from football rather than move his family. For the past thirty years, Joe has worked in the automobile industry, specializing in the wholesale auto auction and consumer leasing business. Presently Joe is Director of National Accounts for ADESA Boston, a subsidiary of Allete Corporation (formerly Minnesota Power). Joe is also Director of the Northern Bank and Trust Company and is active in many charities in the New England area. Bellino served over 28 years in the U.S. Navy and the Naval Reserve and holds the rank of Captain, USNR (Ret.). Joe and his wife Ann have two children, Therese and John.
Joe was elected to the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame in 1977.
Joe Bellino, Navy's pocket battleship, swept the Heisman field with a broadside of points to finish 1,062 ahead of second place finisher Tom Brown of Minnesota. Bellino had 436 first place votes to 127 for Brown, as he became the second consecutive Heisman winner to sweep each region. Third place finisher Jake Gibbs turned to baseball after graduation and was a catcher for the New York Yankees.
Joseph Michael Bellino (born March 13, 1938) is a former American football halfback in the American Football League for the Boston Patriots. He won the Heisman Trophy in 1960.
During his 1956-57 year at Columbian Academy in Washington D.C., Bellino starred in both football and basketball. On November 25, Bellino scored three touchdowns in Columbian's upset win over the Navy Plebes, 34-33. In the fall of 1957, Bellino entered the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland along with his former high-school teammate, Frank Dattilo. During his freshman year, the Plebes matched up against the Penn State freshman and their star player Lew Luce. Penn State won the game 23-13 but Bellino took a lateral from his Columbian teammate Harry Dietz, and scored on an 85 yard kickoff return.
He was an outstanding baseball player at Navy, but his legendary exploits occurred on the football field. In his senior year, he rushed for 834 yards, caught 15 passes for 264 yards and three touchdowns, threw two touchdown passes, averaged 47.1 yards as a punter, and returned kicks and punts. He won the 1960 Heisman Trophy by a wide margin, garnering the most votes in each of the five national voting regions. In Bellino's final college football game, Navy's loss to the University of Missouri in the 1961 Orange Bowl, he scored his team's final touchdown with a spectacular diving catch in the end zone.
Following graduation, Ensign Bellino began his four years of active Navy service, until he was discharged to reserve duty.