Joe Vellano (born October 30, 1988) is an American football defensive tackle for the New England Patriots of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at the University of Maryland, and signed with the Patriots as an undrafted free agent in 2013. Vellano has also been a member of the Indianapolis Colts.
New England Patriots
On April 30, 2013, Vellano signed with the New England Patriots as an undrafted free agent. In Week 5 against the Cincinnati Bengals, he received his first career start in place of Vince Wilfork, who was placed on injured reserve. Vellano became a Super Bowl champion on February 1, 2015, helping the Patriots win Super Bowl XLIX.
On August 31, 2015, the Patriots released Vellano. He was re-signed to the practice squad on September 26, and released again on September 30.
On December 22, 2015, Vellano signed to the practice squad of the Indianapolis Colts.
Second stint with Patriots
On January 26, 2016, the New England Patriots signed Vellano to a futures contract.
Vellano was born and raised in Rexford, New York. He graduated from Christian Brothers Academy in 2007.
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