Date of birth
June 19, 1924
Place of birth
Lucca, Tuscany, Italy
Date of death
October 17, 2000
Place of death
Stanford, California, United States
1950 / Round: 1 / Pick: 11
San Francisco 49ers
Career highlights and awards
All-American selection ( 1948, 1949) 10×
Pro Bowl selection ( 1950, 1951, 1952, 1953, 1956, 1957, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1961) 9×
All-Pro (1951, 1952, 1953, 1954, 1957, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1962)
NFL 1950s All-Decade Team NFL 50th Anniversary All-Time Team
San Francisco 49ers #73 retired
Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee (1969)
College Football Hall of Fame inductee (1977)
U.S. Marine Corps
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 ]
^ "Leo Nomellini". Italian American Sports Hall of Fame . Retrieved . April 12, 2013
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