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The Pynes: First Family of the NFL
The Pynes: First Family of the NFL
Sorry to burst your bubble Archie, but the first pro football family comes from Milford, Mass - not New Orleans.
Happy birthday to George Pyne, who would have been 80 today
Born July 12, 1941 in Marlboro, MA
Patriot DT, 1965; uniform #75
Pats 16th round (127th overall) pick of the 1965 draft, from Olivet College
Died November 26, 2015 at the age of 74
The Milford native played in all 14 games for the Pats in 1965, making four starts. As a backup to Jim Lee Hunt and Houston Antwine he didn't have a whole lot of opportunity to be on the field very often defensively, and was used primarily on special teams. Jim Pyne's father played in the NFL briefly in the early thirties, and his son Jim played for the Bucs and a few other teams from 1994-2001. That made the Pynes the first to have three generations of family members play in the NFL. Another son, George Pyne IV, was captain of the Brown University football team and all-Ivy League, and then went on to become NASCAR's chief operating officer and President of Sports and Entertainment for IMG.
George Pyne Obituary
Mr. Pyne was a graduate of Milford High School, Class of 1959 and also a graduate of Olivet College in Michigan, where he was a standout football player, named as All Conference and an All American. Mr. Pyne was drafted by and played as a rookie for the Boston Patriots.
Following his career in the NFL, he was a Mass Mutual Life Insurance Company sales executive. In the 1980’s he founded Hillview Equipment & Real Estate Development Company of Milford MA.
Mr. Pyne was a lifelong resident of Milford and summered with his family in Falmouth MA. He was a longtime communicant of St. Mary’s Church in Milford and St. Anthony’s Church in Falmouth. He was a longtime member if the Milford Lions Club and had served as a member of the Milford School Committee for nine years, as well as a longtime town meeting member. He was also an avid fisherman, hunter and skier. He was also a member of the Million Dollar Round Table in the insurance industry.
Mr. Pyne was a member of the Milford High School Sports Hall of Fame; the Olivet College Sports Hall of Fame and had served as a member of the Board of Trustees at Olivet College. He also had the honor of having the Pyne Pavilion at Olivet College named in his honor.
Jim Pyne was born to the NFL the way some thin Waspy guys are born to regattas. It's a bloodline thing. The trio of helmets that represent the Pyne family's
Pyne Didn't Follow A Playbook On His Way To NASCAR Executive Suite
The New England Patriots are saddened to learn of the loss of former Patriots defensive tackle, George Pyne III. He passed away on Thanksgiving Day at the age of 74.
Born on July 12, 1941, George grew up in nearby Milford, Mass. where he was a standout high school football player for the Milford Hawks. After playing college football at Olivet College in Michigan, Pyne was drafted in the 16th round of the 1965 draft by the American Football League's Boston Patriots. He appeared in all 14 games during the 1965 season, his only season with the Patriots.
Pyne's family carries with them a strong football lineage. His father, George Pyne II, played for the Providence Steam Roller in 1931. George Pyne III's son, Jim, spent nine seasons in the NFL as an offensive lineman. It is believed that the Pyne's were the first family to have three generations play football at the professional level.