Leo Nomellini

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Leo Nomellini
No. 73
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Date of birth (1924-06-19)June 19, 1924
Place of birth Lucca, Tuscany, Italy
Date of death October 17, 2000(2000-10-17) (aged 76)
Place of death Stanford, California, United States
Career information
Position(s) Defensive Tackle
College Minnesota
NFL draft 1950 / Round: 1 / Pick: 11
Career history
As player
1950-1963 San Francisco 49ers
Career highlights and awards
Career stats
Military career
Allegiance United States United States
Service/branch U.S. Marines seal U.S. Marine Corps
Battles/wars World War II

Leo Joseph Nomellini (June 19, 1924 – October 17, 2000) was a Hall of Fame American football player with the San Francisco 49ers. He was born at Lucca, Tuscany, Italy, and immigrated to the United States as an infant. However Nomellini didn’t play football until 1942, when he served in World War II, with the Marine Corps.

After the war, Leo received a football scholarship to the University of Minnesota, where be became a two-time All-American and the 49ers' first-ever NFL draft choice in 1950.[1]

Nomellini played in every 49ers game for 14 seasons, 174 regular-season and 266 pro games in all. During his career he played both defensive and offensive tackle, winning all pro honors at both positions. He was selected to the All-NFL team six times, two years on offense, four years on defense. Nomellini was named to the NFL's all-time team as a defensive tackle.

In 1969, Nomellini was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame and in 1977, the College Football Hall of Fame.

During the off-season Nomellini often wrestled professionally as Leo "The Lion" Nomellini.

Championships and accomplishments[edit]


  1. ^ "Leo Nomellini". Italian American Sports Hall of Fame. Retrieved April 12, 2013. 

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