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July 12 in Pats History: The First Family of Pro Football

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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.​

Pyne Didn't Follow A Playbook On His Way To NASCAR Executive Suite

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.​


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Victim of a Bogus NYJFL Call

Happy 31st birthday to Chris Jones
Born July 12, 1990 in Brownsburg, Indiana
Patriot DT, 2013-2015; uniform #94
Claimed off waivers from Tampa Bay on September 11, 2013

Christopher Dwightstone Jones grew up in Indiana, went to Bowling Green, and was a sixth round draft pick by the Texans in 2013. He was waived as part of final roster cuts after his rookie training camp, picked up by the Bucs, and waived again a week later. Right after the first game of the 2013 season the Patriots waived Josh Kline, and picked up Jones.

Chris Jones is most well known for being involved in a bizarre, game altering penalty. On October 20, 2012 the 5-1 Patriots were playing Rex Ryan's 3-3 Jets at Exit 44W. The game went into overtime and after three consecutive incomplete passes to Aaron Dobson, Gronk and Julian Edelman the Pats were forced to punt. Ryan Allen got off a 62 yard kick which rolled into the end zone for a touchback.

The Jets were able to get three first downs behind Chris Ivory's rushes before the drive stalled, fourth and seven at the New England 38. Nick Folk lined up for a 56 yard field goal attempt, which was no good - and would have given the Patriots the ball back on the 46 yard line with plenty of time remaining.

A flag was thrown, however, and Jones was called for pushing a teammate into the line on a field goal attempt - something that had never been called previously in the history of the NFL. The Jets lost a yard on the next three downs, but with the benefit of those extra 15 yards, Folk was successful on his mulligan to win the game in overtime for the Jets.

The new rule had just been put into place that year; it was part of the attempt by the NFL to show that they were concerned about player safety, in the aftermath of reports about covering up concussions and long term negative player health issues.

In an incredible twist of irony, Jones blocked a Folk field goal one year later to secure a victory for the Pats against the Jets.

Jones reportedly played with a torn calf in the Super Bowl 49 victory over Seattle, and spent all of 2015 on the PUP list. New England released him in April of 2016. Chris Jones played in 28 games with 22 starts with the Patriots, plus four playoff games. During that time he had 88 tackles (46 solo), nine sacks and a fumble recovery.

Bill Belichick congratulates Chris Jones after his blocked field goal attempt helped the Patriots
to a 27-25 week 7 victory over the Jets. Jones was named AFC Special Teams Player of the Week.

Miami claimed Jones off waivers from the Patriots in 2016, and he played in seven games for the Dolphins before again being released. San Francisco then claimed him, and he started six games for the Niners. Jones spent 2017 on IR, and in the 2018 off season was with the Jets, then San Francisco a second time. He played in a total of 41 NFL games with nine sacks, 102 tackles (16 for a loss), and 18 quarterback hits.



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Chad Brown and more July 12 Trivia

Happy 51st birthday to Chad Brown
Born July 12, 1970 in Pasadena, California
Patriot LB, 2005 and 2007; uniform #98
Signed as a free agent on May 7, 2005

In his college days at Colorado, Chadwick Everett Brown lined up next to Ted Johnson, forming a potent linebacking combo for the Buffaloes. He was a second round 1993 draft pick, by Pittsburgh. In 1996 Chad registered 13 sacks and was a first team All Pro, then signed with Seattle the following offseason. Brown made the Pro Bowl in 1998 and 1999, but in 2004 his playing time dwindled to seven games; he was released the following off season.

Brown was a 35 year old veteran of 12 NFL seasons when the Patriots signed him in 2005, to fill in as a replacement for Tedy Bruschi. He played in 15 games with five starts, recording 39 combined tackles; Chad also played in both playoff games that postseason. He did not impress fans or the coaching staff and was relegated to mostly special team duties in the second half of the season. The Pats re-signed Brown in 2007 and he bounced on and off the roster, appearing in two games for what turned out to be his final NFL season. The two-time All Pro had 79 sacks over 188 games in his NFL career.

LB Chad Brown (center, #98)

Happy 58th birthday to Bill Lewis
Born July 12, 1963 in Sioux City, Iowa
Patriot center, 1993; uniform #75
Signed as a free agent on May 12, 1993

An All American at Nebraska in 1985, Bill Lewis spent the final season of his seven year NFL career with the Patriots. He played in seven games with five starts, and is somehow credited with having two fumbles for a net loss of 43 yards. Since retiring from pro football Lewis has worked as the manager of alumni relations with the Arizona Cardinals, an assistant high school football coach, and on the Cardinals' football broadcasts.

Sept 16, 2009:
What's up with former Cardinal Bill Lewis | Arizona Central

Happy 55th birthday to Peter Shorts
Born July 12, 1966 in Janesville, Wisconsin
Patriot DT, 1989; uniform #90
Signed as an undrafted rookie free agent in May of 1989

Peter Shorts grew up in a small town (Clinton, Wisconsin; population 2,154) and went to a small football school (Illinois State, of the Missouri Valley Conference). He appeared in the final game of the 1989 season, in what was Raymond Berry's final game as head coach. He was then with the Packers and Rams for the next two two seasons, but never saw any playing time. Shorts then played for San Antonio in an early rendition of the WLAF, when there were six teams in the US, one in Montreal and only three in Europe. After that he played for four seasons in the Canadian Football League.

Happy 35th birthday to Lavelle Hawkins
Born July 12, 1986 in Stockton, California
Patriot WR, 2013 offseason; uniform #83
Signed as a veteran free agent on May 9, 2013

The Patriots signed Lavelle Hawkins at the age of 27, in the 2013 offseason. He had played in 52 games with four starts for Tennessee over five seasons; his only year of note was in 2011 when he had 47 receptions for 470 yards. After he dropped a few balls in early drills and miscommunicated with Tom Brady on routes and adjustments, the Pats released Hawkins just after the start of training camp, on July 31.

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One other former NFL player with a New England area connection born on this date:

- Paul Zukauskas, 42 (July 12, 1979); born in Weymouth, Paul went to BC High and Boston College. He spent four seasons at right guard for the Browns, appearing in 43 games with 18 starts. Zukauskas was a very successful head coach and associate director of admissions at Lawrence Academy. After seven seasons at the Groton prep school he left coaching in 2018 and co-founded one of several sports-related startups at the Sports Innovation Lab, across from TD Garden.

April 4, 2018:

Paul Zukauskas | LinkedIn

From the way-back machine:
- Bob McChesney (1912-1986); Bob was an offensive and defensive end with the Boston Redskins, and went to two Pro Bowls after the team moved to Washington.
- Bill Ward (1895-1973); born in Cambridge, he was an offensive lineman for the 1921 Buffalo All-Americans.

Some other pro football players who were born on July 12:

- LeSean McCoy, 33 (7/12/88); six-time Pro Bowl RB led the NFL in rushing (1,607 yards) and yards from scrimmage (2,146) in 2013, after leading the league in rushing touchdowns (17) and total touchdowns (20) in 2011. His 15,000 career yards from scrimmage is fourth most among active players and 26th all time.

- Frank Ryan, 85 (7/12/36); life is good when you begin your NFL career as a QB on a team with Jim Brown running and Paul Brown coaching, followed by Paul Warfield at WR, Leroy Kelly at RB and Blanton Collier the HC.