FOXBORO -- Gil Santos knew he was going to be honored with his longtime radio partner Gino Cappelletti before today's game between the Patriots and Dolphins. But there was a surprise announcement made during the brief ceremony to recognize the tandem's more than 30 years of service.
Patriots owner Robert Kraft announced that Santos would be inducted into the Patriots Hall of Fame in 2013 as a contributor. Cappelletti, who played for the Patriots for 11 years, will also be inducted next year and will enter into the Hall with his broadcast partner.
Upon hearing Kraft's announcement, Santos cried tears of happiness.
"You've made me cry and now I'm blowing my tough guy image," said Santos, who is in his final season as the team's radio play-by-play man.
Santos has been at the job in New England for 36 years. Cappelletti retired from his job doing color for the Patriots' radio broadcasts after last season.