W&L’s “Glittering Gil” Passes Away

helmet“Glittering Gil” Bocetti, generally regarded as one of the best football players in Washington and Lee history, has died. Bocetti was 78. He died Nov. 24 in Fayetteville, N.C. Inducted into the W&L Athletic Hall of Fame in 1989, Bocetti quarterbacked the 1950 Generals to an 8-2 record and into the 1951 Gator Bowl, the only post-season game in W&L football history. Most, however, will remember Bocetti’s performance on Oct. 13, 1951, on Wilson Field against the Virginia Cavaliers. U.Va. came into that game with two shutout wins over George Washington and Virginia Tech. But Bocetti directed the Generals to a memorable 42-14 victory. It was the only loss that the Cavaliers would suffer that year when they wound up ranked No. 13 in the country. In a Bocetti obituary on the W&L athletics site, Walt Michaels, a Bocetti teammate and a former National Football League player and coach, is quoted as saying he believes that Bocetti could have made it in the NFL. Instead, he went to the W&L School of Law and received his law degree in 1954.

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