Sisto Joseph Averno (May 12, 1925 – March 26, 2012) was an American football guard and linebacker who played in the National Football League for the original Baltimore Colts (1950), the New York Yanks (1951), Dallas Texans (1952) and the Baltimore Colts (1953–1954). He was the final pick of the 1951 NFL Draft, serving as that draft's Mr. Irrelevant. Sisto's college football career also earned him recognition as a member of the Muhlenberg College Athletic Hall of Fame.
|Born:||May 25, 1925|
Paterson, New Jersey
|Died:||March 26, 2012 (aged 86)|
|Height:||6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)|
|Weight:||237 lb (108 kg)|
|High school:||Paterson (NJ)|
|NFL Draft:||1951 / Round: 30 / Pick: 362|
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|Player stats at PFR|
In his five years with the Colts, Averno's starting pay was $4,000. The most he ever made in one season was $9,500. Sisto would usually play the whole game as a member of the offensive line, linebacker, kickoff and punt teams.
Later in lifeEdit
In his later years, Sisto suffered a stroke, had his knee and a hip replaced, and he also required the use of a walker to get around. These conditions are thought to be linked to injuries he suffered during his playing years. Because of these health conditions, Averno became an advocate for better benefits to retired NFL players.
- "Muhlenberg College Athletic Hall of Fame". muhlenberg.edu. Retrieved April 22, 2017.
- Baltimore, PressBox Online. "The Haunting:
Ghosts of NFL Past Refuse to Go Gently Into that Good Night". PressBox Online Baltimore. Retrieved April 22, 2017.
- "NFL Former Players". Retrieved April 22, 2017.
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