The first Italian-American to be named All-American, quarterback Vince "Pat" Pazzetti was born in Wellesley, Massachusetts, on January 2 1890. He was named to the National Football Hall of Fame in January 1961.
A three-sport star at Wellesley High School, Pazzetti advanced to Wesleyan University for two football seasons in 1908 and 1909. In 1910, he went to Lehigh University where he graduated in 1913 with a bachelor's degree in mining engineering. He then became the captain of the football team in 1911 and 1912 with a 55-1 record, earning him the title of All-American Quarterback.
160 pounds over a 5-11 frame, Pazzetti was a resilient quarterback and one of the game's most successful ground-gainers. He is considered to be "one of the early college passers. [He] developed the art of spot punting, or aiming the kicked ball," according to a May 1961 issue of the New York Times. He logged more runs in excess of 90 yards than any player of his day, including the great Jim Thorpe.
After graduation, Pazzetti began a 50-year employment with Bethlehem Steel, rising to the position of General Manager of its Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, plant. He lived with his wife, Miriam Ann Albright, in Bethlehem until his death in 1972 and they had two daughters, a son, 8 grandchildren, and 9 great-grandchildren.
The Washington Times, December 19, 1911
The Sun, December 1, 1912