Gary Cuozzo
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Personal information
Date of birth: (1941-04-26) April 26, 1941 (age 77)
Place of birth: Montclair, New Jersey
Career information
College: Virginia
Debuted in 1963 for the Baltimore Colts
Last played in 1972 for the St. Louis Cardinals
Career history
Career highlights and awards
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TD-INT     43-55
Yards     7,402
QB Rating     62.1
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Gary Samuel Cuozzo (born April 26, 1941) is a former professional American football player. An undrafted quarterback from the University of Virginia, Cuozzo played in 10 NFL seasons from 1963 to 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 moved to Middletown Township, 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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