The New England Patriots say Heisman Trophy winner Joe Bellino has died.
Bellino died on Thursday at the age of 81. Neither the team nor the Heisman Trophy Trust, which reported the death on its website, specified a cause of death.
The Navy halfback was nicknamed the "Winchester Rifle," after his suburban Boston hometown. In 1960 he became the first Navy player to win the Heisman. Bellino served 28 years in the Navy and Naval Reserves and reached the rank of Captain before retiring.