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Born(1925-05-25)May 25, 1925
Paterson, New Jersey
DiedMarch 26, 2012(2012-03-26) (aged 86)
Randallstown, Maryland
Height6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight237 pounds (108 kg)
Position(s)Guard, Linebacker
CollegeMuhlenberg College
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Baltimore Colts
New York Yanks
Dallas Texans
Baltimore Colts

Sisto Joseph Averno (May 12, 1925, Paterson, New Jersey – March 26, 2012, Randallstown, Maryland) 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.[1]

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.

He also had a reputation for playing while injured. According to Sisto: "One time, I separated my shoulder," Averno said. "I told the coach, Clem Crowe. He said, 'Block with the other one.' "[2]

Later in life

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 his playing injuries he suffered years. Because of that, Averno became an advocate for better benefits to retired NFL players.[3]