Hall of Famer Gino Marchetti passes away at 93

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The NFL and the city of Baltimore lost a legendary player.

Pro Football Hall of Fame defensive end Gino Marchetti passed away at the age of 93, the Ravens announced Tuesday.

Marchetti played 14 professional seasons, first with the Dallas Texans in 1952 before joining the Baltimore Colts, where he spent 13 highly productive seasons (1954-1964, 1966) as one of the league's elite pass rushers long before sacks became an official statistic in 1982.

The 6-foot-4, 244-pound Marchetti's achievements during his playing days are a testament to his impact, as he earned All-NFL honors nine times, was selected for 11 Pro Bowls and was named the top defensive end of the NFL's first 50 years.

He appeared in 161 games on his career with 151 starts and was enshrined in the Hall of Fame in 1972.

"Gino Marchetti dominated the football field during his career in the 1950s and '60s as a leader of the great Baltimore Colts teams of that era," Hall of Fame president & CEO David Baker said in a statement. "His ferocious style of play defined the character of a man who possessed a strong desire to succeed, passion, and determination that made him a great teammate. Those same traits made him a highly successful business leader after his playing days. The legacy of Gino Marchetti's well-lived life will forever be preserved in Canton, Ohio to serve as inspiration to future generations of fans."

Before playing in the NFL, Marchetti served in the U.S. Army during World War II in Europe, an experience he called "life-altering."

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