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Pete Brock


Happy 67th birthday to Pete Brock
Born July 14, 1954 in Portland, Oregon
Patriot center/offensive lineman, 1976-1987; uniform #58
Pats 1st round (12th overall) pick in the 1976 draft, from Colorado




Peter Anthony Brock played in 154 games with 88 starts with the Pats, and also appeared in eight playoff games. At the time those 154 games played ranked as the sixth most in franchise history. Among the honors Brock received were the Unsung Hero Award in 1979; 1984 Jim Lee Hunt Award (best Patriot lineman) in 1984; the Ed Block Memorial Courage Award (NFL player that exemplifies a commitment to sportsmanship and courage) in 1985; the 1986 Miller Lite NFL Lineman of the Year; and was named center for the Patriots All-Decade Team for the 1990s. Pete Brock was a solid, resilient player who persevered through multiple injuries and surgeries. He is part of a lineage of fine centers the Patriots have had dating back to Jon Morris from the American Football League days. Pete Brock has worked on pre- and post-game Patriots radio broadcasts, and served as the president of the New England Patriots Alumni Club.




This is a good article on the lineman below:

Nov 12, 2013:



Pete has been in involved in a variety of businesses including the Research and Development division of Nike and as founder and president of Frontline Technologies, Inc., a systems integration and custom software development company that was later acquired by CheckFree Investment Services.[/i]​

 

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Todd Rucci


Happy 51st birthday to Todd Rucci
Born July 14, 1970 in Upper Darby, PA
Patriot RG, 1993-1999; uniform #71
Pats 2nd round (51st overall) pick of the 1993 draft, from Penn State



1995: Todd Rucci talks with QB Drew Bledsoe in the Patriot locker room​


Todd Rucci played in 85 games with 75 starts for Bill Parcells and Pete Carroll, and was named to the Patriots all decade team for the 1990s. In his post-football career Rucci has held a variety of positions, including executive director of Pennsylvania Lottery and member of the Penn State Board of Trustees.

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Josh Miller


Happy 51st birthday to Josh Miller
Born July 14, 1970 in Queens, NY
Patriot punter, 2004-2006; uniform #8
Signed as a free agent on March 15, 2004




After Ken Walter had struggled mightily with punting duties, the Patriots signed the 33 year old Miller to a five year, $5 million contract with a $1 million bonus early in 2004. Josh Miller had been a surprise cut by the Steelers, where he had played the previous eight seasons.

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Miller appeared in 42 consecutive games (plus five playoff games) with the Pats. Josh suffered a shoulder injury in a 2006 35-0 win over Green Bay, and was placed on injured reserve; he was released early in training camp in 2007.

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Josh Miller averaged 43.6 yards on 175 punts during his three seasons with the Patriots. Over twelve years Josh Miller played in 165 NFL games, averaging 43.1 yards on 750 punts. He also appeared in 11 playoff games, averaging 40.9 yards on 59 punts. In the Super Bowl 39 victory over Philadelphia he had a good game, averaging 45.1 yards on seven punts. During the playoffs his teams went 7-4; a near-perfect 6-1 while with the Pats, and 3-3 with Pittsburgh - with all three of those losses to New England.
 

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Darrelle Revis


Happy 36th birthday to Darrelle Revis
Born July 14, 1985 in Aliquippa, PA
Patriot CB, 2014; uniform #24

The Patriots signed Revis on March 12, 2014, less than 24 hours after he had been released by Tampa Bay - and (not so) coincidentally, a day after Aqib Talib left to sign with Denver. The contract was technically for two years, but in reality it was a one-year, $12 million deal; the second year was there just to spread the cap numbers over two seasons. He lived up to the name of Revis Island, blanketing opposing receivers all year long. Revis was named an All Pro for the fourth time in his career in 2014 - and earned a ring that the 7-time Pro Bowler was never going to get with the Jets. While we spent many years hating the guy based on the team he played for, there is no denying that Darrelle Revis was a vital component to the Patriots fourth Lombardi Trophy.




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Pete Brock


Happy 67th birthday to Pete Brock
Born July 14, 1954 in Portland, Oregon
Patriot center/offensive lineman, 1976-1987; uniform #58
Pats 1st round (12th overall) pick in the 1976 draft, from Colorado

Peter Anthony Brock played in 154 games with 88 starts with the Pats, and also appeared in eight playoff games. At the time those 154 games played ranked as the sixth most in franchise history. Among the honors Brock received were the Unsung Hero Award in 1979; 1984 Jim Lee Hunt Award (best Patriot lineman) in 1984; the Ed Block Memorial Courage Award (NFL player that exemplifies a commitment to sportsmanship and courage) in 1985; the 1986 Miller Lite NFL Lineman of the Year; and was named center for the Patriots All-Decade Team for the 1990s. Pete Brock was a solid, resilient player who persevered through multiple injuries and surgeries. He is part of a lineage of fine centers the Patriots have had dating back to Jon Morris from the American Football League days. Pete Brock has worked on pre- and post-game Patriots radio broadcasts, and served as the president of the New England Patriots Alumni Club.




This is a good article on the lineman below:

Nov 12, 2013:




Pete has been in involved in a variety of businesses including the Research and Development division of Nike and as founder and president of Frontline Technologies, Inc., a systems integration and custom software development company that was later acquired by CheckFree Investment Services.[/i]​

A champion whose ring was stolen in 1976, but like all his teammates retains his honor, self respect and pride.

Pete told this story at one of the alumni away game viewings at Gillette a few years ago:

"One of those games at Shea, a fight broke out and players came out from the bench and were all over the field. I was standing near one end zone next to Joe Klecko. I asked him, 'You wanna go?' Joe said, 'Nah, I'm good.'"

Pete does a ton of work to keep the old guys in touch and heard.

Sorry to complain, but Kraft has done nothing to honor or acknowledge them.

A classy example set by Epstein, when the Cubs won the Game 7 marathon he made it a point to recognize Ernie Banks and Ron Santo in the locker room celebration.

No such statement from Robert Kraft, after Super Bowl 36 or any of the others that have followed. Sad. And wrong.
 

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David Viaene


Happy 56th birthday to David Viaene
Born July 14, 1965 in Appleton, Wisconsin
Patriot OL, 1989-1991; uniform #70
Signed as a free agent on March 30, 1989




David Viaene played in 20 games for the Patriots, with eight starts. He had originally been an 8th round draft pick by the Oilers in 1988 out of Division 2 University of Minnesota at Duluth; in 1992 he signed as a free agent with the Packers. He is now the owner-operator of a property management company in Wisconsin.



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July 14, 2000:
The Patriots sign sixth round draft pick Tom Brady to a three year rookie contract, valued at $864,000. The deal included a $38,400 signing bonus and first year salary of $193,000. It would be the first of seven contracts between the Pats and TB12 over twenty seasons.


July 14, 1992:
Patriots re-sign free agent Shawn McCarthy. A 12th round draft pick by Atlanta in 1990, McCarthy was released as part of final roster cuts by the Pats in 1991 after a poor performance in the final preseason game. He was re-signed three weeks later to replace Bryan Wagner - who had a 29.1 yard net in three games and once punted into his teammates' back - as the team's punter. McCarthy had a 93 yard punt in a week ten game at Buffalo in '91, which to this day still the third longest in NFL history. Shawn owns the franchise record for most punts in a single season with 103 in 1992; that also ranks 22nd most in the NFL record books. And his 4,227 yards punting that season is a third Patriot record McCarthy owns - with those last two titles being due in large part to the ineptitude of Dick MacPherson's offense that season. McCarthy was released before the start of the 1993 season, succeeded by Mike Saxon.


July 14, 1974:
Kicker Ian Sunter is signed as a free agent. Sunter was born in Dundee, Scotland and moved to Burlington, Ontario in 1966 at the age of 14. He knew nothing about north american football until a high school football coach saw how well he kicked on their soccer team, and recruited him to play football. The 21 year old had already played two seasons for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in the CFL; at the age of 19 he kicked the game winning field goal in the 1972 Grey Cup.

Sunter was competing for the placekicker job with another European rookie, John Smith, to replace the 1973 kicking tandem of Bill Bell and Jeff White. Smith of course won the competition and Sunter was cut on August 25; he ended up playing in the CFL for seven seasons, as well as for the Lions in 1976 and Bengals in 1980.


July 14, 1972:
New England trades WR Ron Sellers to Dallas for a third round draft pick. Sellers was a two-time All-American at Florida State who was selected with the sixth overall pick of the 1969 draft. He was named to the Pro Bowl as a rookie when he was second in the AFL with 26.1 yards per catch and six touchdowns. But injuries limited him to ten games in 1971, and with Jim Plunkett throwing almost exclusively to Randy Vataha his production plummeted. With the addition of Darryl Stingley in the 1972 draft, Sellers was deemed to be expendable by the new coaching staff. Sellers began the '72 season as a backup, then replaced Bob Hayes in the Cowboys starting lineup; he later won a super bowl ring as a reserve with Miami. As for the draft pick they received, the Patriots used that on a running back from Alcorn A&M named Charles Davis; he was waived at the end of training camp and never played a single down in the NFL.




Other football players with New England area connections born on this date:

- Ed Lawrence (1905-1961); born and raised in Fitchburg, the back played a couple seasons in the early NFL, including for the Boston Bulldogs in 1929.
Hometeam football flashback: CMass schools stocked NFL teams | Worcester Telegram

- Lou Ghecas (1918-1997); the Danbury High School Hall of Famer was a halfback for the 1941 Philadelphia Eagles, but WWII interrupted his NFL career. He also played minor league baseball and after the war worked in the FBI for 26 years, until his retirement.
Lou Ghecas | Danbury Athletics Hall of Fame

- Riley Smith (1911-1999); second overall pick by the Redskins - in what was the first ever NFL draft in 1936 - in that team's final season of playing in Boston.
Alabama's Riley Smith | Remember the Rose Bowl




And lastly some of the other pro football players born on 7/14:

- Rosey Grier, 89 (7/14/32); All Pro DT played 11 seasons in the NFL. After retirement he worked as Bobby Kennedy's bodyguard, and was the person who subdued and took the gun away from Sirhan Sirhan when RFK was shot and killed. Grier was also one of the first former football players to transition to television acting, with 37 credits to his name.

- Ken Burrough, 73 (7/14/48); Double Zero was a Pro Bowl WR for the Houston Oilers, and led the NFL in receiving in 1975 - even though he was a college quarterback.

- Ken Willard, 78 (7/14/43); 49er RB scored 62 touchdowns in his career, and ranked 8th in NFL all time career rushing yardage when he retired in 1974.

- W.K. Hicks, (1942-2020); CB had 40 career interceptions, including an AFL best nine in 1965.
 


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