#78

Adriano Belli

Weight:

295 lbs

Height:

6' 5"

Position:

Defensive Tackle

College:

Houston

Birthdate:

Aug 25th, 1977

Career Years:

10

Team:

Alumni

Highlights

2009

Belli dressed in 17 games for the Argos and started in 16, at defensive tackle. H was named CFL Canadian of the Week for first time in his career. He had an exceptional game in Week 10 recording 1 DT, 1 QB sack and 1 pass knock down in a win vs. Hamilton earning him the title of Gladiator of the Game by CFL on TSN broadcast team.

2008

Started 18 regular season games at NT and DT…Week 2, Started at NT in loss against Hamilton... was ejected in 3rd quarter, and replaced by Jonathan Brown, recording 3 DTs…Week 5, Started at NT in loss at Saskatchewan and recorded season-high 7 DTs…Week 14, Started at DT and made 5 DT in loss vs BC including first QB sack of the season…Performed national anthem pre-game in support of Sick Kids Foundation…Week 15, Started at DT and recorded his second sack of the season in loss at Winnipeg.

2007

Named East Division All-Star at DT…Named CFL Pro Players All-Star at DT…Started all 18 games for Toronto at DT…Week 3, recorded 3 DT and 1 QB sack before leaving the game in the third quarter with an injury in win over Calgary…Week 10, was a force up the middle, recording 5 DT and 1 QB sack…Week 13, recorded a season-high 6 DT in win over Edmonton… Week 17, ejected from game for objectionable conduct in 1st quarter vs. Winnipeg…2007 Playoffs Started at NT in East Final versus Winnipeg.

2006

Started at defensive tackle with both the Hamilton Tiger-Cats and Montreal Alouettes… Traded from Hamilton to Montreal on August 28 in exchange for DL Clinton Wayne and DB Phillip Gauthier…Finished the season with 19 DT and 5 QB sacks…Playoffs Started at DT and recorded 2 DT and 1 QB sack in East Championship versus Toronto…Grey Cup Championship Started at DT and recorded 3 DT and 1 QB sack at Winnipeg vs the BC Lions.

2005

Finished the 2005 season with 27 defensive tackles, one recovered fumble and seven quarterback sacks...earned a spot on the East Division All-Star team...started at defensive end, making one defensive tackle and one special teams tackle in Hamilton's 16-16 pre-season tie with Toronto in Halifax on June 11th...started at defensive tackle in Hamilton's 34-31 pre-season loss to Toronto on June 17th...started at defensive tackle and made one defensive tackle in the Tiger-Cats 31-21 season opening loss at Montreal on June 22nd...started at defensive tackle and made two defensive tackles and one quarterback sack in Hamilton's 23-21 loss to Saskatchewan's on July 2nd...started at defensive tackle, making one defensive tackle and one quarterback sack in the Tiger-Cats 32-13 loss at Saskatchewan on July 17th...started at defensive tackle and made four defensive tackles in the Tiger-Cats 28-22 loss to B.C. on July 23rd...started at defensive tackle and made one defensive tackle in the Tiger-Cats 36-30 loss at Edmonton on July 30th...started at defensive tackle, making two defensive tackles and one quarterback sack in Hamilton's 28-12 loss to Ottawa on August 6th...started at defensive tackle in Hamilton's 44-14 loss at Winnipeg on August 13th...started at defensive tackle and knocked down one pass in the Tiger-Cats 39-15 loss at B.C. on August 19th...started at defensive tackle and made one defensive tackle in the Tiger-Cats 41-39 victory over Winnipeg on August 26th...started at defensive tackle and made one defensive tackle in the Tiger-Cats 33-30 victory over Toronto on September 5th...started at defensive tackle, making six defensive tackles and one quarterback sack in the Tiger-Cats 48-0 loss at Toronto on September 10th...started at defensive tackle and three defensive tackles in the Tiger-Cats 39-17 loss to Calgary on September 17th...started at defensive tackle and made quarterback sacks including one for a safety in the Tiger-Cats 40-14 victory over Edmonton on September 30th...started at defensive tackle and made four defensive tackles in the Tiger-Cats 43-21 loss at Ottawa on October 7th...started at defensive tackle and made one defensive tackle in Hamilton's 34-17 loss at Calgary on October 14th...started at defensive tackle in the Tiger-Cats 40-32 victory over Ottawa on October 21st...started at defensive tackle in the Ticats 34-11 loss in Toronto, recording one quarterback sack...started at defensive tackle, recording one defensive tackle in the Ticats 15-9 win versus Montreal on November 4.

2004

Played in 15 games with the Tiger-Cats during the regular season after Hamilton signed him as a free-agent on February 23rd...missed three games due to injury...finished the season fifth on the Tiger-Cats with three quarterback sacks...made 23 defensive tackles including two for a loss of six yards...recorded his first quarterback sack in a Tiger-Cat uniform in Hamilton's 32-22 victory over Winnipeg on June 25th...in the Tiger-Cats 51-30 loss in Edmonton on July 17th, Belli made a season high six defensive tackles...made five defensive tackles and one quarterback sack in Hamilton's 32-30 loss to Saskatchewan on September 19th...had one quarterback sack and one defensive tackle in Hamilton's 24-6 East Semi-Final loss in Toronto.

2003

Missed a good portion of the Alouettes season with concussion-related symptoms, playing in only seven games during the regular season...still registered nine defensive tackles, two tackles for losses of six yards and one forced fumble...made a season high two defensive tackles on three occasions during the regular season, twice against Calgary and once in Saskatchewan...made two defensive tackles in Montreal's 30-26 Eastern Final victory over Toronto...in the Alouettes 34-22 Grey Cup loss to Edmonton, Belli recorded one defensive tackle...had initially signed with the Cleveland Browns on February 10th...attended the Browns mini-camp and was released on May 21st.

2002

Played in all 18 games during the regular season and both playoff games, winning the first Grey Cup Championship of his career...backed up Ed Philion and Robert Brown on the defensive line...had 14 defensive tackles, four quarterback sacks and one forced fumble...made a season high five defensive tackles in Montreal's 29-26 loss to Hamilton on October 20th...played in Montreal's 35-18 Eastern Final victory over Toronto...in the Alouettes 25-16 Grey Cup victory over the hometown Edmonton Eskimos.

2001

Had a whirl wind of a season beginning in Las Vegas and ending in Montreal with stops in New York and Vancouver sandwiched in between...played in four games with Montreal after they acquired him from the B.C. Lions on October 10th in exchange for Angus Reid and a 2002 fifth round draft choice...made six defensive tackles, one special teams tackle and forced a fumble...saw action in two games with the Lions prior to the trade to the Alouettes...made a season high two defensive tackles twice during the regular season (October 13th vs. Toronto and October 20th vs. Calgary)...in Montreal's 24-12 Eastern Semi-Final loss to Hamilton, Belli made one defensive tackle...The New York Giants signed Belli as a free-agent on May 15th...attended the Giants training camp and was released during the pre-season...played in three games with the Las Vegas Outlaws of the XFL during the spring after they selected him in the 29th round (229th overall) in the league's inaugural draft...made three solo tackles and recovered two fumbles during the regular season.

2000

The B.C. Lions selected Belli in the first round (6th overall) of the CFL Canadian College Draft...signed as an un-drafted free-agent with the Atlanta Falcons on April 17...attended the Falcons training camp and was released during the pre-season.

College

Played four seasons (1996-99) with the University of Houston Cougars...in 38 career games, made 101 total tackles (47 solo) including 12 for losses...also had five quarterback sacks and one pass knock down. (1999) Started all 11 games as a senior at the University of Houston and made 23 tackles (17 solo) including two for losses...also had two quarterback sacks...the Houston defence ranked 25th in the nation overall and 20th against the run with Belli at the helm, as only one running back (Alabama's Shaun Alexander) topped 100 yards in a game against the Cougar defence...had a season high five total tackles (3 solo) in a big win at home over Rice...also had four total tackles (2 solo) vs. Louisville...recorded his only quarterback sack of the season in a crucial road victory at North Carolina. (1998) Started 11 games at defensive end, finishing eighth on the team with 53 tackles including 20 of the solo variety...finished second on the team and ninth in Conference USA with four quarterback sacks...recorded six tackles for losses of 20 yards...made a season high eight tackles at East Carolina...recorded seven stops against Army and North Texas...made six tackles at Cincinnati and Tulane...made three solo tackles vs. California, Minnesota, East Carolina and Tulane...his quarterback sacks came against California, Minnesota, Tulane and North Texas. (1997) Played in all 11 games for the Cougars...made 22 tackles (7 solo)...best performance of the season came against Southern Mississippi, posting five tackles (3 solo)...had five assisted tackles vs. California. (1996) Played in five games during his freshman year...recorded three solo tackles including one for a loss of two yards during the season.

Personal

Nicknamed the “Kissing Bandit”, Belli grew up in Toronto. His family runs Mariposa Meats, a meat distribution and packing firm based in Mississauga. He attended Central Tech High School in Toronto and was an active member of their football team. As a senior, he was declared to be one of the top two football players in the city. In 1994, he played in the Metro Bowl but lost to Northern Secondary School.