40 years ago at Penn State: March 31, 1977 -- 'Something for Joey'

March 30, 2017

Periodically, Penn State will take a look back at news appearing in the Intercom, the University's faculty and staff newspaper, which has now transitioned into Penn State Today. This week's excerpt looks back at the CBS special "Something for Joey."

Forty years ago at Penn State, March 31, 1977:

"Cappelletti story to be dramatized on TV"

"Something for Joey," the touching true-life story of the close and loving relationship between Penn State's John Cappelletti, now a star running back for the Los Angeles Rams, and Joey, his younger brother stricken with leukemia, will be dramatized in a major CBS special from 9 to 11 p.m. on Wednesday, April 6. 

John Cappelletti won the Heisman Trophy in 1973, and Penn Staters will never forget the television news clips of the awards banquet where he presented his coveted trophy to Joey. 

Today: To this day, Cappelletti remains the only Heisman Trophy winner to play for Penn State. Cappelletti was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1993. He was the 11th overall pick in the 1974 National Football League Draft and played for nine seasons — five with the Los Angeles Rams and four with the San Diego Chargers. Joey Cappelletti died on April 8, 1976.

  • John Cappelletti

    John Cappelletti, former Penn State football player, after he won the Heisman Trophy. 

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Last Updated April 17, 2017