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Hero to Liar to Hero



Happy 32nd birthday to Darius Fleming
Born July 19, 1989 in Chicago
Patriot OLB, 2014-2015; uniform #58, #44, #53, #48

Signed as a free agent on May 16, 2014




- 11 games played for Patriots, plus five playoff games (Pats went 4-1)
- 65 defensive snaps, 182 special team snaps in those 11 games; ten tackles, one fumble recovery
- Super Bowl 49 champion (28-24 vs Seattle)


The January 20, 2016 headlines themselves tell most of the story for today's title from above:





"Trollin" Ben Volin And TMZ Insinuate that Darius Fleming Made Up the Story About Him Saving A Woman From A Burning Car….Walpole Police Slap Em In the Face With Police Report

Rate Trollin Volin's Apology To Darius Fleming For Insinuating That He Made Up the Story About the Car Crash




More from his actual on-the-field performance here:

March 4, 2016:

Fleming, 26, was originally signed by New England as a free agent on May 16, 2014, and rotated between the practice squad and the 53-man roster over the last two seasons. The 6-foot-2, 250-pounder, was drafted by San Francisco in the fifth round (165th overall) of the 2012 NFL Draft out of Notre Dame. He spent the 2012 and 2013 seasons on injured reserve with a knee injury and was released by the 49ers on May 12, 2014.​
Fleming played in five games and three postseason games for the Patriots in 2014. He was released by the Patriots on Sept. 5, 2015, signed to the practice squad on Sept. 7, 2015, before being signed to the 53-man roster on Nov. 28. Fleming played in six regular-season games and both postseason games last season, finishing with two total tackles and three special teams tackles in the regular season and one tackle on defense and one special teams tackle in the playoffs.​


April 23, 2019:

Fleming, a cousin of Vanderpoel student Donnevia Nelson, admitted he quit football in elementary school, then tried it again at St. Rita, where he became one of the top players in the nation in the high school class of 2008.​
He earned a scholarship to the University of Notre Dame, and he was drafted by the San Francisco 49ers in 2012.​
Fleming won a Super Bowl with the New England Patriots in February 2015, recovering a dropped punt in the AFC championship game.​
In January 2016, he rescued a woman trapped in a smoke-filled car after a three-vehicle collision. He kicked open the window, cutting his right leg so severely that he needed 22 stitches.​
Fleming, who now works for LinkedIn, said that playing at St. Rita required him to sacrifice his social life in order to be prepared to play his best. The night before a game, his father would massage his son’s back to assist in the preparations, as both knew college coaches would be watching the athlete’s performance.​
He encouraged students to take a similar approach in everything they do. The work begins, he said, as early as kindergarten.​
“If we have a dream of accomplishing something, and we don’t do the necessary steps to make it happen, why should we get the results that we want to see?” Fleming asked the students.​
He expressed his confidence that Vanderpoel students wouldn’t be just dreamers—but doers.​
“We’re going to make things happen,” Fleming said. “You all are a bunch of go-getters in here—some bright, intelligent individuals. You all are beautiful. You can do whatever you want in this world. … But, we can’t wait.”​









 

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Happy 38th birthday to Ryan O'Callaghan
Born July 19, 1983 in Susanville, CA
Patriot RT, 2006-2008; uniform #68

Pats 5th round (136th overall) selection of the 2006 draft, from Cal




- 26 games played for Patriots (with 7 starts), plus 3 playoff games
- 51 NFL games played from 2006-10, with 20 starts












 

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Former Patriot Happy to be Out of the Closet


Happy 38th birthday to Ryan O'Callaghan
Born July 19, 1983 in Susanville, CA
Patriot RT, 2006-2008; uniform #68

Pats 5th round (136th overall) selection of the 2006 draft, from Cal




- 26 games played for Patriots (with 7 starts), plus 3 playoff games
- 51 NFL games played from 2006-10, with 20 starts













Dude sucked while he was here...and elsewhere too, apparently...
 

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Hero to Liar to Hero



Happy 32nd birthday to Darius Fleming
Born July 19, 1989 in Chicago
Patriot OLB, 2014-2015; uniform #58, #44, #53, #48

Signed as a free agent on May 16, 2014




- 11 games played for Patriots, plus five playoff games (Pats went 4-1)
- 65 defensive snaps, 182 special team snaps in those 11 games; ten tackles, one fumble recovery
- Super Bowl 49 champion (28-24 vs Seattle)


The January 20, 2016 headlines themselves tell most of the story for today's title from above:





"Trollin" Ben Volin And TMZ Insinuate that Darius Fleming Made Up the Story About Him Saving A Woman From A Burning Car….Walpole Police Slap Em In the Face With Police Report

Rate Trollin Volin's Apology To Darius Fleming For Insinuating That He Made Up the Story About the Car Crash




More from his actual on-the-field performance here:

March 4, 2016:

Fleming, 26, was originally signed by New England as a free agent on May 16, 2014, and rotated between the practice squad and the 53-man roster over the last two seasons. The 6-foot-2, 250-pounder, was drafted by San Francisco in the fifth round (165th overall) of the 2012 NFL Draft out of Notre Dame. He spent the 2012 and 2013 seasons on injured reserve with a knee injury and was released by the 49ers on May 12, 2014.​
Fleming played in five games and three postseason games for the Patriots in 2014. He was released by the Patriots on Sept. 5, 2015, signed to the practice squad on Sept. 7, 2015, before being signed to the 53-man roster on Nov. 28. Fleming played in six regular-season games and both postseason games last season, finishing with two total tackles and three special teams tackles in the regular season and one tackle on defense and one special teams tackle in the playoffs.​


April 23, 2019:

Fleming, a cousin of Vanderpoel student Donnevia Nelson, admitted he quit football in elementary school, then tried it again at St. Rita, where he became one of the top players in the nation in the high school class of 2008.​
He earned a scholarship to the University of Notre Dame, and he was drafted by the San Francisco 49ers in 2012.​
Fleming won a Super Bowl with the New England Patriots in February 2015, recovering a dropped punt in the AFC championship game.​
In January 2016, he rescued a woman trapped in a smoke-filled car after a three-vehicle collision. He kicked open the window, cutting his right leg so severely that he needed 22 stitches.​
Fleming, who now works for LinkedIn, said that playing at St. Rita required him to sacrifice his social life in order to be prepared to play his best. The night before a game, his father would massage his son’s back to assist in the preparations, as both knew college coaches would be watching the athlete’s performance.​
He encouraged students to take a similar approach in everything they do. The work begins, he said, as early as kindergarten.​
“If we have a dream of accomplishing something, and we don’t do the necessary steps to make it happen, why should we get the results that we want to see?” Fleming asked the students.​
He expressed his confidence that Vanderpoel students wouldn’t be just dreamers—but doers.​
“We’re going to make things happen,” Fleming said. “You all are a bunch of go-getters in here—some bright, intelligent individuals. You all are beautiful. You can do whatever you want in this world. … But, we can’t wait.”​









winner, just because volin got slapped down like a biotch at a pimp convention
 

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July 19 Transactions


July 19, 2013:
The Patriots waive Donald Jones, four months after signing the former Buffalo Bills wide receiver to a three year contract. In his two games against the Pats in 2012 Jones had eight catches for 164 yards and two touchdowns. Jones, who was signed in free agency two days after Wes Welker signed with Denver, was coming off a season in which he missed four games but still had 41 receptions for 443 yards and four touchdowns.

On the same day the Pats also signed free agents Perez Ashford and Quentin Sims.

July 19, 2007:
The Patriots sign 37 year old linebacker Chad Brown. This was the first of three times in '07 the team would sign (then release) the former Steeler and Seahawk; he had also played for the Pats in 2005.

July 19, 2004:
New England signs their first round draft pick, rookie Vince Wilfork from the University of Miami. VW for Kyle Boller, what a trade.

July 19, 2000:
OLB/DE John Eskridge is placed on injured reserve, and/or waived with an injury settlement depending on what story you find.

July 19, 1998: Fun full-NFL training camp preview.
Peyton Manning, Ryan Leaf, Andre Wadsworth, Charles Woodson and Curtis Enis -- the top five college players of a year ago -- soon find out if they are worth the millions they are now paid. . . .​

Young quarterbacks -- New England's Drew Bledsoe, Arizona's Jake Plummer, Tennessee's Steve McNair, Jacksonville's Mark Brunell, the Giants' Danny Kanell, Pittsburgh's Kordell Stewart, Minnesota's Brad Johnson, Kansas City's Elvis Grbac, Tampa Bay's Trent Dilfer, Philadelphia's Bobby Hoying, Washington's Gus Frerotte, Carolina's Kerry Collins, the Jets' Glenn Foley, St. Louis's Tony Banks, Buffalo's Rob Johnson and Cincinnati's Jeff Blake -- seek to establish themselves among the elite. Old ones -- Seattle's Warren Moon, Denver's John Elway, Miami's Dan Marino, Baltimore's Jim Harbaugh, San Francisco's Steve Young, Atlanta's Chris Chandler, Cincinnati's Neil O'Donnell, the Jets' Vinny Testaverde, Dallas's Troy Aikman -- seek to hang on. One -- Green Bay's Brett Favre -- tries to stay ahead of them all.​

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS

Site: Bryant College, Smithfield, R.I.

Opens: July 19

Top veteran additions: FB Tony Carter (Bears), WR Brian Stablein (Colts), offensive coordinator Ernie Zampese.

Rookies to watch: RB Robert Edwards must replace Curtis Martin.

Losses: FB Sam Gash, RB Curtis Martin, RB Keith Byars, CB Jimmy Hitchcock, KR David Meggett.

Summer subjects: Revamped offense must adjust to loss of Martin and changes by Zampese.



July 19, 1997:
The Pats make a pair of front off field moves. Dave Uyrus is promoted to director of pro personnel, a position he held through 2000. Prior to that he had been the assistant director of pro scouting, from 1994-96. He had also coached with Dick MacPherson at UMass, Syracuse and New England; Uyrus was the defensive line coach and special teams assistant coach in 1991 and 1992. For the last 21 years he has been with Detroit, where he is currently a regional scout.

The Patriots also promoted Marvin Allen to pro personnel scout. Allen was a running back from Tulane for the Pats from 1988-91, and began working in the personnel department in 1993. Marvin remained with the Patriots as an area scout until 2008, spent four years with Atlanta, and is now the assistant general manager for the Miami Dolphins.

July 19, 1996:
Jeff Dellenbach is placed on the Physically Unable to Perform list. The 33 year old veteran center had played in 15 games with five starts for the Pats in '95; he would be released two weeks into the 1996 season.

July 19, 1995:
The Patriots sign their third round draft pick, rookie Jimmy Hitchcok. The cornerback from North Carolina (whose name I have to misspell in order to get around the software censor) played in 37 games (20 starts) for the Patriots, with four picks and 119 tackles.

July 19, 1993:
New England signs free agent Brandon Moore, an offensive tackle from Duke. Moore had originally been signed earlier in the year as an undrafted rookie by Miami. He would play in 26 games over three seasons for the Pats, including all 16 his rookie season. [Note: not to be confused with another Brandon Moore, he of the ButtFumble infamy.]

July 19, 1990:
Patriots sign nine draft picks, including Ray Agnew and Tommy Hodson, plus four other players.

July 19, 1989:
The Patriots sign three draft picks: second rounder Eric Coleman and fourth rounders Maurice Hurst and Michael Timpson. I had no memory of Coleman and had to look him up: the safety from Wyoming played in eight games for the Pats as a rookie and seven games during the '90 season - and that’s all she wrote. And this is the same draft when they selected Hart Lee Dykes 16th overall, the first wide receiver off the board. Dykes was coming off a senior year at Oklahoma with nearly 1,300 yards and 14 TD - and then proceeded to have a two-year NFL career with half the touchdowns. Thankfully that was offset by Hurst (seven-year starter at CB) and Timpson (in 1974 he had 74 receptions for 941 yards, second on the team in both categories to only Ben Coates).

July 19, 1983:
Pats sign WR Clarence Weathers; he is the brother of running back Robert Weathers, who was a second round draft pick the previous year.

July 19, 1979:
Steve Corbett announces his retirement from pro football. The guard was a second round pick from Boston College in 1974, but two neck surgeries derailed his NFL career.

July 19, 1972:
The Patriots trade Bill Atessis to the St Louis Cardinals for a fifth round draft pick. Atessis (see July 16 entry) had played at defensive end for the Pats in 1971, but balked when the Pats asked him to lose weight and switch to outside linebacker, after spending his entire football career on the defensive line.




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

Frank Maznicki (1920-2013)
Born, raised and died in West Warwick; Boston College
Played halfback on both sides of the ball before and after the war, from 1942-47 for Chicago Bears and Boston Yanks.

Eddie Britt (1912-1978)
Born and raised in Lexington MA; Holy Cross
Tailback and defensive back for the Boston Redskins, Washington Redskins and Brooklyn Dodgers, 1936-38.

George Brickley (1894-1947)
Born, raised and died in Everett; Trinity College (Hartford)
Tailback for 1920 Cleveland Tigers and 1921 New York Brickley Giants (owned by his brother).
Athletic Director and Head Coach at Everett High School; HC at Woburn High.
Grandfather of former Boston Bruins LW and hockey analyst Andy Brickley.

Julius Williams, 35 (1986)
UConn
The defensive end played in eleven games for Jacksonville in 2009.




Other pro football players born on this date:

- Trent Williams, 33 (1988); 8-time Pro Bowl LT for Washington and San Francisco.

- LeRoy Butler, 53 (1968); 4-time All-Pro safety played for Green Bay from 1990 to 2001.

- Jerry Smith (1943-86); All-Pro Washington tight end caught 60 touchdowns from 1965-77.

- J.D. Smith (1932-2015); 49er and Cowboy fullback scored 46 touchdowns from 1958-1966.

- Norm Standlee (1919-81); FB/LB scored 23 touchdowns despite missing four seasons for WWII.
 

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