Hall of Fame - Inductee Detail

Joe Bellino

Joe Bellino


  • Position: Halfback
  • School: Navy
  • High School: Winchester, MA (Winchester HS)
  • Years: 1958-1960
  • Inducted: 1977
  • Place of Birth: Winchester, MA
  • Date of Birth: Mar 13, 1938
  • Jersey Number: 27
  • Height: 5-9
  • Weight: 181

Member Biography

Bellino, translated into English, means "little beauty." Little beauty is an apt description of this 1960 Heisman Trophy and Maxwell Award winner. Joe Bellino was a fast and agile back who specialized in finding daylight in the smallest of holes. "My first step was at top speed," explained Bellino. "I could hit the hole as fast as anyone, then quickly get outside." In 1958 he scored the Middies' only touchdown in a 22-6 loss to Army. He avenged the loss to the Cadets by gaining 115 yards and scoring three touchdowns in a 43-12 victory the following season. In 1960 Bellino helped Navy to a 17-12 victory over Army. He also inspired a 14-7 win over Notre Dame, had four touchdowns and a 90-yard run against Virginia, and led Navy to a 9-2 season. Against Missouri in the Orange Bowl he made the best play of the day, a diving catch of a pass in the end zone. Following four years of military service he played three years with the Boston Patriots. The Naval Academy honored Bellino by retiring his jersey (27).