Leo Nomellini

Leo Nomellini

Infobox NFLretired

position=Defensive Tackle
birthdate=birth date|1924|6|19
Lucca, Italy
deathdate=death date and age|2000|10|17|1924|6|19
Stanford, California|debutyear=1950
* San Francisco 49ers (1950-1963)
stat3label=Fumble Recoveries
* 10x Pro Bowl selection (1950, 1951, 1952, 1953, 1956, 1957, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1961)
* 9x All-Pro selection (1951, 1952, 1953, 1954, 1957, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1962)
* NFL 1950s All-Decade Team
* San Francisco 49ers #73 retired

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 in Italy. He was a two-time All-American at the University of Minnesota and the 49ers' first-ever NFL draft choice in 1950.

Nomellini played 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.

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

Championships and accomplishments

*American Wrestling Association:*AWA World Tag Team Championship (1 time) - with Wilbur Snyder

*NWA Minneapolis:*NWA World Tag Team Championship "(Minneapolis version)" (3 times) - with Verne Gagne (2) and Butch Levy (1)

*NWA San Francisco:*NWA World Tag Team Championship "(San Francisco version)" (4 times) - with Hombre Montana (1), Enrique Torres (2), and Rocky Brown (1):*NWA World Heavyweight Championship (1 time (disputed))

External links

*"Pro Football Hall of Fame:" [http://www.profootballhof.com/hof/member.jsp?player_id=167 Member profile]

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