Joseph Henry Scarpati, Jr. (born March 5, 1943 in Brooklyn, New York) is a former professional American football safety in the National Football League for the Philadelphia Eagles and the New Orleans Saints. He was the holder to Tom Dempsey's record breaking 63-yard field goal. Scarpati played halfback in college football at North Carolina State University, earning second team All-ACC for football and Academic All-ACC honors in 1962 and 1963. He was selected in the thirteenth round of the 1964 AFL Draft by the Boston Patriots. He came off of a knee operation but was at full speed at the free safety position in 1969. In the 1969 season, he recorded 4 interceptions and ran a total of 54 yards. His average interception run was 13.5 yards and he scored 1 touchdown.
By Dean Hanley
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