Former Navy Heisman winner Bellino dies

Former Heisman Trophy winner Joe Bellino has died, according to the Heisman Trophy Trust. He was 81.Bellino, who won the 1960 Heisman while playing halfback at Navy, died on Thursday in Massachusetts, according to the Trust.”The Heisman Trust joins the Bellino family in its sorrow,” Heisman Trust president William Dockery said in a statement. “He was a cherished member of our Heisman Family and will be missed.”Bellino opted for Navy over Notre Dame and several Big Ten schools and developed into Navy’s first Heisman winner. He rushed for 834 yards and 15 touchdowns and also had three receiving scores during his Heisman-winning campaign.Bellino also won the Maxwell Award and was a unanimous first-team All-American selection.In three seasons at Navy from 1958-60, Bellino scored 31 touchdowns and rushed for 1,664 yards. He also compiled 577 yards on kickoff returns and 256 on punts during his career and also played defensive back for the Midshipmen.After his career at Navy, Bellino was required to serve a mandatory four-year military commitment, so he went low in the respective drafts — 17th round to the Washington Redskins in the NFL draft and 19th round to the Boston Patriots in the AFL draft.

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