Whitefish Bay Blue Dukes Football Hall of Fame

Nick Bellore

Nick Bellore

Photo Credit: N.Y. Jets

If ever there was a true star player in Whitefish Bay history, it has to be Nick Bellore.

Coached by WFCA Hall of Fame Coach Jim Tietjen, Bellore was a three-year letterman and two-year captain for the Dukes before graduating in 2007. His storied performances on the North Shore Conference gridiron won him top honors as a WFCA First Team All-State linebacker. In his senior year alone, Nick recorded 148 tackles, 20 tackles for loss, and 6 sacks, gaining him recognition as North Shore Defensive Player of the Year.

In addition, Bellore was on the varsity track and field team, and played a single season of varsity hockey.

College Career

Nick had plenty of Division I college suitors, but settled upon Central Michigan where his mother was an alum. Not surprisingly, he delivered for Chippewas, breaking the team’s freshman record with 102 tackles in his rookie season. His explosive play continued into his sophomore year with 148 tackles, selection for the First Team All-MAC and winning CMU’s Defensive Player of the Year. In his junior and senior years, Nick was First Team All-Conference, and started 51 consecutive games. He ranks third in Central Michigan history with 472 tackles.

NFL Career

Bellore was signed by the N.Y. Jets in 2011, and played in each game of his rookie season, mostly on special teams where he led the team with a career-high 31 special teams tackles. His record-setting career with the Jets ended in 2014 when he was signed by the San Francisco 49ers.

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