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July 1 in Pats History: Mike Haynes

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Mike Haynes

July opens up with the birthday of one of the greatest players in the history of the Patriots.

Happy 68th birthday to Mike Haynes
Born July 1, 1953 in Denison, Texas
Patriot CB/PR, 1976-1982; uniform #40
Pats 1st round (5th overall) pick of the 1976 draft, from Arizona State


The 6-2 corner made an immediate impact as a rookie, intercepting eight passes and returning two punts for touchdowns - with those TDs being the first in that fashion in the history of the franchise. Mike Haynes was named to the Pro Bowl every single season he was with the Patriots with the exception of 1981, when he missed half the year due to a collapsed lung; not so coincidentally the Pats won just two games that season. His cover skills were so superb that at one point during the 1977 season, Patriots' Head Coach Chuck Fairbanks remarked that Haynes "hadn't seen a ball come his way in over three weeks." Despite the reluctance of opponents to throw the ball in his direction, he still had 19 picks in his first three seasons.

Mike Haynes, Hall of Fame Defender | The Coffin Corner

Haynes was one of four players to holdout at the start of the 1980 season, missing the first three games. Then after playing out his option the previous year, in 1983 he held out again, this time for 11 games. The Pats agreed to a trade with the Raiders - but then the NFL voided the trade, stating they had not received notification until an hour after the trading deadline had passed. Haynes' lawyers fought the case in federal court and the trade was approved, with the Pats receiving a 1984 number one draft pick and a 1985 number two. Thanks to the Sullivan's frugality, Patriot fans missed out on what were arguably the two best seasons of his career in 1984 and 1985, when his shut down play earned him First-Team All-Pro honors in both seasons.


Holdouts no bargain for struggling teams | Washington Post

During his seven seasons with the Patriots, Mike Haynes recorded 28 interceptions and 1,159 yards on 111 punt returns. He was named to the Pro Bowl six times and earned All-AFC recognition five times (1977- 1980, 1982), and All-Pro honors twice (1978 and 1982). Haynes was elected to the ]Patriots Hall of Fame in 1994, inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1997, and was also inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2001. He is a member of the Patriots all-decade team for the seventies, their 50th anniversary team, was selected to the NFL All-1980’s Team, the NFL 100 All-Time Team, and is one of two Patriots (along with John Hannah) on the NFL's 75th anniversary team.

Video - NFL All-Time Team: Mike Haynes
Bill Belichick, Cris Collinsworth and Rich Eisen discuss Patriots and Raiders legend Mike Haynes' selection to the NFL 100 All-Time Team.

Mike Haynes may not have the most gaudy statistics in the world (46 career interceptions), but keep in mind that is a reflection of playing in an era when teams ran the ball more often than they passed, combined with opponents reticence to throw the ball to his side of the field. Simply put, he is arguably the greatest cornerback in pro football history. After hanging up his cleats Mike was a senior executive with Calloway Golf Company from 1994 to 2002 before accepting a position as the NFL Vice President of Player and Employee Development, overseeing programs designed to help players in their off-field lives, such as programs in career internships, financial education and management, continuing education, and personal assistance.


College Football Hall of Fame | Michael Haynes



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Bobby Hamilton

Happy 50th birthday to Bobby Hamilton
Born July 1, 1971 in Denver
Patriot DE/DT 2000-2003; uniform #91
Signed as a veteran free agent on July 16, 2000


From Tom Curran on CSNNE in 2015:

Games: 64​
Playoff Games: 6​
Honors: Super Bowl winner (2001, 2003)​
Bobby Hamilton couldn’t start for Bill Parcells and the New York Jets. From 1996 through 1999, the 3-4 defensive end was a decent situational player, but not good enough to get on the field and stay there.​
When Bill Belichick broke away from Parcells and took over the Patriots in 2000, he brought Hamilton with him. And Hamilton played miles better than anyone could have predicted that a Jets special-teams castoff would.​
In 2001, he was a force. He had seven sacks, five batted passes and 52 tackles -- big numbers for an interior defensive lineman. The Patriots’ defense was the driving force behind it winning three Super Bowls in four seasons, and Hamilton was a mainstay for two of them.​
He left as a free agent to play in Oakland in 2004 and resurfaced with Eric Mangini in New York in 2006, never again playing at the level he did while with the Pats when he was an indispensable warrior in the trenches.​

Bobby Hamilton played in every game in his three years with the Patriots: 64 regular seasons games (with 62 starts), plus a perfect 6-0 in a half dozen playoff games. During that time he registered 232 tackles, 10½ sacks, 15 pass deflections, one interception and two fumble recoveries. Over 12 NFL seasons (1996-2007) he played in 165 games, making 479 tackles. In his post-playing days Bobby has worked as a high school coach in the Atlanta area.


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Rick Cash and the rest of July 1

Happy 76th birthday to Rick Cash
Born July 1, 1945 in St. Louis
Patriot DT/DE 1972-1973; uniform #63
Acquired in a trade with the Rams on July 3, 1973

Rick Cash was a tenth round draft pick from the University of Missouri by the Packers in 1968, and he appeared in 36 games with one start over his first three NFL seasons with the Falcons and Rams. Rick was acquired along with a first round draft pick (which would turn out to be Sam Cunningham) when newly acquired Fred Dryer refused to report to the Pats training camp, and was traded to the Rams.


During his two seasons with the Patriots, Cash appeared in all 28 games, making 27 consecutive starts. With the Patriots he was special teams co-captain in 1972, and defensive captain the following year. Then in 1974 Cash became a free agent and departed for the World Football League, where he played for two seasons.

In his post-football career Cash was the basketball coach at Charlestown High School, winning multiple state championships. He also later coached football at Somerville and Belmont high schools. After spending almost twenty years working in a Texas school district as an assistant superintendent of operations, Cash returned to New England. He has since worked at Falmouth High School as the football coach, and as athletic director at Scituate High School before retiring in 2019.

Happy 72nd birthday to Craig Hanneman
Born July 1, 1949 in Salem, Oregon
Patriot DE/DT 1974-1975; uniform #74
Acquired in a trade with Pittsburgh on September 11, 1974 for a ninth round draft pick


Chuck Fairbanks signed Hanneman after he had spent his first two NFL seasons in Pittsburgh. Craig appeared primarily on special teams, playing in twenty games with three starts for the Patriots. Due to injuries cutting his NFL career short he returned to his native Oregon. There he was elected County Commissioner of Polk County in 1985, worked as the Government Affairs Manager for Willamette Industries, and later as the President of the Oregon Forest Industries Council. In 2012 at the age of 63 Hanneman became the first pro football or basketball player to climb Mount Everest.

Former OSU player speaks about his Mount Everest climb

Happy 46th birthday to Mike Cloud
Born July 1, 1975 in Charleston, SC
Patriot RB, 2003 & 2005; uniform #21 and #34
Acquired in a trade with Pittsburgh on September 11, 1974 for a ninth round draft pick


Mike Cloud grew up in Portsmouth, Rhode Island and was an All American at Boston College, rushing for 3,597 yards on just 614 carries. The Chiefs selected him in the 2nd round of the '99 draft, but he was a bust in KC, starting just six games over four seasons for Kansas City. In 2003 Cloud scored five touchdowns with the Pats in limited action, but was inactive for the playoffs. He returned in 2005 after Corey Dillon and Kevin Faulk injuries had depleted the Pats of any running back depth. Between the two stints Mike appeared in 11 games with one start with the Patriots, rushing for 177 yards and five touchdowns.

Happy 30th birthday to Garrett Gilbert
Born July 1, 1991 in Buffalo
Patriot QB, 2014 practice squad & 2015 off season; uniform #21 and #34
Signed to the practice squad on December 17, 2014

The Texas native was a sixth round draft pick by the Rams in 2014, out of SMU, via the University of Texas. New England was the second of seven NFL teams he has signed with, seeing limited playing time with Carolina, Cleveland and Dallas the last few years. Most fans would have never remembered his being part of the Patriots organization if not for his having to make an emergency start last season, and announcers repeating the lengthy travel to his first NFL start. In week nine of 2020 the Cowboys were down to their fourth option at quarterback, with Dak Prescott on injured reserve, Andy Dalton concussed, and Ben DiNucci struggling mightily in the previous game, forcing Gilbert to start against the Steelers.

July 1, 2008:
The Patriots waive Willie Andrews one day after he was arrested on charges of assault with a dangerous weapon and unlawful possession of a high-capacity handgun, both felonies, after an altercation with his live-in girlfriend in Mansfield. The safety had also been arrested in Lowell on February 5 (two days after the Patriots' season ended with a 17-14 loss to the Giants in Super Bowl 42), when he was found with a half-pound of marijuana, no means to smoke it, and $6,808 in cash. Andrews never again played in the NFL, with his further pro football experience being limited to two seasons in the United Football League.
Patriots release Andrews |

July 1, 1992:
The Pats re-sign free agent Tim Gordon. The safety played in 25 games with 15 starts for New England in 1991-92, after four four seasons with the Falcons.

July 1, 1982:
Bill Lenkaitis retires after 14 NFL seasons, the last eleven with the Patriots

July 1, 1982:
The Patriots hire Dante Scarnecchia to be their tight ends and special teams coach.

One other pro football player born on July 1 with New England area connections:

- Joe McLaughlin, 64 (July 1, 1957); the native of Stoneham went to UMass, then spent six seasons in the NFL as a special teamer and backup linebacker for the Packers and Giants from 1979-84. In his post-football career Joe became co-owner of Pro Fence with his brother, with locations in Dennis and Wilmington.

And lastly, some other pro football players born on this date:
- Pat Donovan, 68 (7/1/53); left tackle for the Cowboys went to four consecutive Pro Bowls from 1979-82, and won a ring from the Super Bowl 12 victory over Denver.

- Gary Brown, 52 (7/1/69); the Penn State alum twice rushed for over 1000 yards in the nineties, and more recently has been the running backs coach for Rutgers, the Browns, Cowboys, and now the University of Wisconsin.

- Dave Waymer (1958-1993); 13 year NFL veteran and Pro Bowl CB for the Saints died of a heart attack brought on by cocaine at the age of 34.

- Diron Talbert, 77 (7/1/44); DT played in 186 games plus 9 playoff games from 1967 to 1980, mostly with Washington.

- Ryan Diem, 40 (7/1/79); RT was an 11-year starter for the Colts from 2001-2011.


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Great Stuff jmt57!

I began going to Pats Games shortly after Schaefer Stadium opened in 1971 and the first game I went to the mens rooms were not working. It was raining during the game and I remember guys lined up against the cement wall peeing which caused a constant massive yellow stream flowing down the walkways. Ah the good times. :) The Rick Cash story and how he and a #1 Draft Choice from the Rams which led to Sam Bam Cunningham becoming a Pat brought back memories of how Fred Dryer refused to report to the Pats after a trade with the Giants. After Dryer retired from the Rams he had a pretty long and successful carreer on TV as some kind of detective. Throughout his television career, I couldn't bring myself to ever watch him because of the way he handled the Pats trade. Getting "Sam Bam" worked out pretty well though.
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Mack Herron

Pro Bowl Player
Haynes was my favorite player (first jersey) and one of the all time greats. Sullivans were another example that having lots of money has little to do with intelligence or talent.

captain stone

Hall of Fame Poster
Haynes was my favorite player (first jersey) and one of the all time greats. Sullivans were another example that having lots of money has little to do with intelligence or talent.

Actually, the problem was that the Sullivans had neither lots of money nor enough intelligence & talent; there were unqualified to be owners of a professional sports franchise, even by the standards of the more maverick 1960s & '70s...They were the NFL version of Jackie Moon, except that at least Jackie could play a little...

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Veteran Starter w/Big Long Term Deal
I think that Mike was the best to ever play in an NFL defensive backfield. He could have taught Revis how to run an even better island. Billy Sullivan was the single biggest deterrent to the Patriots not winning a Super Bowl before Kraft.
Maybe second, or third.

I know, I know. Hannah/Gray; Darryl Stingley; Fairbanks; Gray (again).

Plus those ridiculous red pajama pants, and shoulder stripes which are nostalgia from the sixties - and should stay in the sixties.

It's easier to win the Super Bowl looking like a pro team (just another disadvantage Tom Brady's overcome every time he's been - BTW Kraft owner)

Fake Patriots fans like and accept the flying elvis, to this day think Bledsoe should have been put back in and believe John Madden's worst transgression was suggesting a strategy which most coaches, conventional wisdom and the momentum of the game indicated in Super Bowl XXXVI.

True Patriots fans never wanted to destroy our logo and uniforms, know we were never winning anything with Bledsoe in there, and don't go along with John Madden being this beloved figure. Madden enabled and empowered his 'close personal friends', Ben Dreith and Jack Tatum. They had everything to do with the Patriots not winning a Super Bowl before Kraft.