Vincent Joseph Pazzetti was named to the National Football Hall of fame in January 1961. Pazzetti also earned a spot as an executive at Bethlehem Steel.
Before coming to Lehigh, Pazzetti attended Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut for the 1908-1909 school year where he was a quarterback. In 1910 he began his career at Lehigh where he graduated in 1913 with a bachelor's degree in mining engineering. Pazzetti was quarterback and eventual captain of the football team earning him the title of All-American Quarterback in 1912. He was the first Italian American to be named All-American. In the football off-season, he also pitched for the Lehigh baseball team. He was captain in 1911 and 1912, both stellar years for the team though 1911 was particularly impressive with a 55-1 record. After graduation, Pazzetti continued to work with the football team as an assistant coach for seven years.
Pazzetti is considered to be "one of the early college passers. [He]developed the art of spot punting, or aiming the kicked ball," according to a May 1961 issue of the New York Times. His skill on the field earned Pazzetti election to the National Football Foundation's National Hall of Fame on January 26, 1961.
Pazzetti first met steel executive, Eugene Grace, when he maintained the golf course that Grace played on every day. Eventually Pazzetti came to work for Grace as Superintendent of the Saucon Division of the Bethlehem Steel Company. When he retired in December 1961 after a nearly 50-year career, he was general manager of the Bethlehem plant of Beth. Steel.
As a resident of Bethlehem, Pazzetti sered as president of the Boys Club for 16 years and was involved with the St. Luke's Hospital Cancer Center Crusade and the Lehigh Valley Safety Council.
In June 1955, the Lehigh Alumni Association awarded Pazzetti with one of its highest honors, the Alumni Award. The Lehigh Club of New York bestowed its Honor Cup Award on Pazzetti in April 1964.
Pazzetti lived with his wife, Miriam Ann Albright, in Bethlehem until his death in 1972. The couple had two daughters, a son, 8 grandchildren, and 9 great-grandchildren.
Birth: January 1, 1890
Birthplace: Wellesley, Massachusetts
Died: August 3, 1972
Degree: B.S. mining engineering
Notable Achievement: Elected to the College Football Hall of Fame