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Gary Cuozzo
Jersey #(s)
Born April 26, 1941 (1941-04-26) (age 68)
Montclair, New Jersey
Career information
Year(s) 19631972
College Virginia
Professional teams
Career stats
TD-INT 43-55
Yards 7,402
QB Rating 62.1
Stats at
Career highlights and awards
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Gary Samuel Cuozzo (born April 26, 1941 in Montclair, New Jersey) was a former professional American football player. An undrafted quarterback from the University of Virginia, Cuozzo played in 10 NFL seasons from 1963-1972. He began his NFL career on the Baltimore Colts as a backup to Johnny Unitas. When Unitas was injured in 1965, Cuozzo replaced him until getting sidelined by injury as well. He was traded to the expansion team New Orleans Saints in 1967, where he was the first starting quarterback in the franchise's history. The following year he was traded to the Minnesota Vikings. After four years in Minnesota Cuozzo was traded to the St. Louis Cardinals in 1972, retiring the following year. He returned to his hometown of Middletown, New Jersey to start an orthodontics practice. In 1990 his oldest son Gary Jr., a/k/a Chip, was murdered in Miami during a drug deal, and Cuozzo gave talks to teens about avoiding drugs. He served as national chairman of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes from 1995 to 1998.[1]

Cuozzo played high school football at Glen Ridge High School in Glen Ridge, New Jersey.[2]


  1. ^ Richard Deutsch, "Gary Cuozzo, Saints Quarterback", Sports Illustrated, July 12, 1999.
  2. ^ Gary Cuozzo player profile, database Football. Accessed August 27, 2007.

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