Santos & Cappelletti to be honored Sunday

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – The Patriots will honor longtime radio broadcasters Gil Santos and Gino Cappelletti at Sunday’s regular-season finale against the Dolphins.

Cappelletti, who retired this year, will also call the opening drive of the game with Santos, who is retiring at the end of the 2012 season.

Head coach Bill Belichick and quarterback Tom Brady both commented on Santos and Cappelletti at their Wednesday news conferences.

“He’s meant a lot. Gino and Gil have been doing it for so many years. It’s changed this year, and there will be another [change] next year; it’s kind of the passing of the torch of that role. I know to the fans, that’s huge because that’s a lot of times their connection to the team. They hear that every week, thousands and thousands of fans, and I know that was the case for me when I grew up watching the Colts, it was Chuck Thompson. He was the voice of the Colts. As a fan, you felt more of a connection to him than anybody else because that’s the guy that you heard the most from. I know Gil and Gino have meant a lot to this organization, and I know there is a great affection for them from our fans. Gil coming back and doing it for one more year, we see him every week on the plane. He’s been a real staple for us and been very supportive. I’ve had a good personal relationship with Gil and we’ll miss him.”

Added Brady: “It’s a pretty great twosome they’ve had for a long time. Gino was a hell of a player here and Gil, it’s always nice to see both those guys after the game or before the game, and the kind of support that they’ve given us over the years. I don’t get to hear them much on the radio, obviously, but on some of those highlight videos that we’ve had where you hear Gil’s calls, it’s pretty special. Yeah, they’ll be missed; they're a great group.”

(Our story on Gil Santos and Gino Cappelletti, from June, can be read here.)