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Joe Fortunato (American football)

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Joe Fortunato (American football)

Joe Fortunato (American football)
Date of birth: (1930-03-28) March 28, 1930
Place of birth: Mingo Junction, Ohio
Career information
Position(s): Linebacker
College: Virginia Military Institute
Mississippi State
NFL Draft: 1952 / Round: 7 / Pick 80
As player:
1955-1966 Chicago Bears
Career highlights and awards
Pro Bowls: 5
Career stats
Playing stats at

Joseph Francis Fortunato (born March 28, 1930) is a former American football linebacker in the National Football League.

Fortunato played 12 seasons for the Chicago Bears (1955–1966). As a linebacker, he made the Pro Bowl five times, and was named to the NFL 300 Greatest Players team. He wore #31 with the Chicago Bears. Fortunato played fullback and linebacker for Mississippi State University, and made All-American in 1951. He is a member of the National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame and the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame. Fortunato makes his home in south Mississippi.

He spent two seasons as a coach with the Chicago Bears; 1967 as linebackers coach and 1968 as defensive coordinator.


External links

  • Lifetime Statistics Pro Football Reference
  • "MSU Legend Joe Fortunato", Dawgs' Bite
Preceded by
Jim Dooley
Chicago Bears Defensive Coordinators
Succeeded by
Jimmy Carr

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