Nello "Flash" Falaschi
- Position: Quarterback
- School: Santa Clara
- High School: San Jose, CA (Bellarmine HS)
- Years: 1934-1936
- Inducted: 1971
- Place of Birth: Dos Palos, CA
- Date of Birth: Mar 19, 1913
- Place of Death: Oakland, CA
- Date of Death: Jul 29, 1986
- Jersey Number: 28
- Height: 6-0
- Weight: 195
Member BiographyAccording to all the experts, little Santa Clara was a decided
underdog going against Louisiana State in the 1937 Sugar
Bowl. However, Santa Clara was led by a genius
quarterback, Nello "Flash" Falaschi. The Broncos took the
lead against the undefeated LSU Tigers on a Falaschi TD pass.
Falaschi later sealed the Bronco victory by recovering a fumble
in the end zone for the final Santa Clara score in the 21-14
upset. The victory left Santa Clara with a final 8-1 record with
the only loss coming against Sammy Baugh and Texas
Christian. Falaschi received considerable All-America
recognition following the 1936 season. The All-America
Board of Football had this to say about Falaschi: "No coach in
the world of football would dare pick another quarterback.
Brill & Pinckert may rate with Falaschi in the art of blocking,
but no modern player approaches his devastating performance.
When needed, he can deliver yardage as a ball carrier, but his
vicious blocking and generalship are the factors largely
responsible for Santa Clara's season." Falaschi later played
professionally with the New York Giants before establishing a
construction company in Oakland, California.