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Wednesday, November 19, 2003
Capper - A Heisman Trophy for Joey
By Larry Schwartz
Special to

Dec. 13, 1973

In the most touching scene in Heisman history, Penn State running back John Cappelletti dedicates the award to his 11-year-old brother.

"The youngest member of my family, Joseph, is very ill," Cappelletti says. "He has leukemia. If I can dedicate this trophy to him tonight and give him a couple of days happiness, this is worth everything.

"A lot of people think that I go through a lot during the week and on Saturdays . . . Only for me it is on Saturdays and it's only in the fall. For Joseph, it's all year round and it is a battle that is unending with him and he puts up with much more than I'll ever put up with."

Cappelletti breaks down and cries, and the audience weeps with him as he tries to give something to Joey. "I think that this trophy is more his than mine because he has been a great inspiration to me," he says.

In the audience, Joey Cappelletti smiles to let his brother know he understands.

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