Adriano Belli

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Adriano Belli
No. 78
Nickname(s)Kissing bandit
Born: (1977-08-25) August 25, 1977 (age 43)
Toronto, Ontario
Career information
StatusRetired
CFL status National
Position(s) DT
Height6 ft 5 in (196 cm)
Weight289 lb (131 kg)
College Houston
High school Central Tech
CFL draft 2000 / Round: 1 / Pick: 6
Drafted by BC Lions
Career history
As player
2000 Atlanta Falcons
2001 New York Giants
2001 Las Vegas Outlaws
2001 BC Lions
20012002 Montreal Alouettes
2003 Cleveland Browns
2003 Montreal Alouettes
20042006 Hamilton Tiger-Cats
2006 Montreal Alouettes
20072010 Toronto Argonauts
2012 Toronto Argonauts
Career highlights and awards
CFL All-Star 2005
CFL East All-Star 2005, 2007
Awards2x Grey Cup Champion (2002, 2012)
Career stats
  • Playing stats at CFL.ca (archive)
Adriano Belli
Medal record
Men's American football
Representing Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada
World Championship
Silver medal icon (S initial).svg 2011 Austria Team Competition

Adriano Belli (born August 25, 1977) is a retired football player who played in the CFL and NFL. Belli is nicknamed "The Kissing Bandit" for his penchant for kissing people on their cheeks. [1] He has gained a reputation for being a kind and funny man off the field and a nasty and annoying player to his opponents on the field. [2]

Belli grew up in the High Park region of Toronto and attended Humberside Collegiate Institute for the first three years of high school. He then elected to transfer to Central Technical School in the Harbord Village area of Toronto and commuted by subway to take advantage of Central Tech's football program. He credits his high school coach, Chuck Wakefield, for helping him get a scholarship to the University of Houston. [3]

On February 19, 2007 The Toronto Argonauts signed Belli. [4]

After the last game of the 2009 season, Belli charged into the Montreal Alouettes locker room and challenged the entire team to a fight. [5]

Belli retired on May 11, 2011, on a Tall ship in Toronto and became a colour commentator/sportscaster on Rogers Sportsnet as their CFL Analyst.

During his retirement, Belli competed for Team Canada when they participated in the 2011 IFAF World Championship in Austria. The team went on to win the Silver medal.

On October 17, 2012, Belli came out of retirement and was signed by the Toronto Argonauts. He went on to win the 100th Grey Cup with the Argos, a game in which he was ejected. [6] Belli officially retired from the CFL for the second time on May 29, 2013.

Belli also runs a meat distribution and packing company with his family in Mississauga, Ontario. [3]

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References

  1. Girard, Daniel (2009-06-16). "Argos' Kissing Bandit taking it slow". Toronto Star. Retrieved 2009-06-16.
  2. O'Connor, Joe (2009-07-15). "Belli defends life on the knife-edge". National Post. Retrieved 2009-07-16.[ permanent dead link ]
  3. 1 2 Nelson, Norm (2009-08-18). "Three TDSB south division grads now suit up for Argos". Toronto Community News. Archived from the original on 2009-08-22. Retrieved 2009-08-19.
  4. The Ottawa Citizen [Ottawa, Ont] 20 Feb 2007: B2.
  5. Zelkovich, C. (2011, May 12). Belli sails off into sunset. Toronto Star, pp. S.3.
  6. Zwolinski, Mark (December 1, 2012). "Adriano Belli, Argos' Kissing Bandit, reflects on his CFL career". Toronto Star. Retrieved July 12, 2014.