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Larry McGrew


Happy birthday to Lawrence McGrew, who would have been 64 today
Born July 23, 1957 in Berkeley, California
Patriot LB, 1980-1989; uniform #50
Pats 2nd round (45th overall) selection of the 1980 draft, from Southern Cal
Died April 5, 2004 at the age of 46


Lawrence McGrew grew up in Berkeley, played football at Contra Costa College and the University of Southern California, and started in two Rose Bowls. He was selected in the second round of the first post-Chuck Fairbanks era draft, along with DB Roland James, RB Vagas Ferguson and DT Steve McMichael. McGrew helped New England reach the Super Bowl in 1986 (leading the team in tackles that season), and earned a championship ring when New York beat Buffalo 20-19 in 'wide right' Super Bowl 25. Unfortunately his fine play is forgotten by those who only remember him as being the guy in the photo who was run over while futilely attempting to singlehandedly tackle Refrigerator Perry late in Super Bowl 20.





McGrew played 10 seasons for the New England Patriots before finishing his career with the New York Giants in 1990. He was originally drafted by the Patriots in the second round of the 1980 NFL draft (45th overall) after earning defensive MVP honors as a senior at Southern Cal. He started 98 of 122 games over the next 10 seasons (1980-89) for the Patriots and compiled 730 career tackles, including 14.5 sacks. McGrew recorded a career high in 1984 with 167 total tackles. He completed his 11-year career as a member of the Super Bowl Champion New York Giants in 1990.​




April 27, 2016:

The Patriots have struck linebacker gold in the second round starting with Patriots Hall of Famer Steve Nelson with the 34th selection in 1974. Nelson went on to start 173 of the 174 games he played as a Patriot and finished his career with 1,776 tackles between 1974 and his retirement after the 1988 season. He started Super Bowl XX.​

In 1980, the Pats grabbed linebacker Lawrence McGrew - another Super Bowl XX starter - with the 45th pick. He played in 122 games with 74 starts between 1980 and 1989​



Larry McGrew recovered a fumble on the second play of Super Bowl 20, setting up a field goal. It turned out to be the highlight of the game for Pats fans.



There was an odd story of somebody attempting to impersonate McGrew back in 2003, a few months prior to his death. A Colorado thief named Frederick William McGrew III illegally adopted Lawrence’s name and career statistics to get a job as an assistant football coach at Gavilan College in California. The impostor was fired five weeks later and arrested. He told police he was Lawrence’s nephew and repeated the claim at his initial court appearance, but it was all a big fat lie.

Three months later (court systems moved faster back then) Frederick McGrew was sentenced to three years of supervised probation and 160 hours of community service for stealing Lawrence McGrew’s identity, and for fraudulently using an Ohio woman’s Social Security number.

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April 6, 2004:


This column gives a glimpse of the type of person Larry McGrew was:

April 9, 2004:

Charyce McGrew described her husband as a jokester, who never got caught up in his fame and remained totally devoted to his family. When he was on the road, she said, he would call 10 times a day. “I would pick up the phone and tease him and say ‘what do you want stalker?’ If he went two hours without calling, I knew something was wrong,” she said.​

At Berkeley High, Williams said, McGrew was a beloved cut-up. “We’d put on shows for people. People wanted to see us act goofy,” he said. McGrew, though, took football seriously. He lifted weights religiously and made second team all-county as a senior, despite suffering a broken ankle.​

After a year at Contra Costa College, he enrolled at USC where he starred on a team that won a share of the national championship his junior year. Artie Gigantino, the press secretary for the Oakland Raiders, joined the team as an assistant coach for McGrew’s senior year, and remembered the linebacker as a cool customer. “My first game as a coach I was literally upchucking in the locker room and Larry put his arm around me and said, ‘Relax, we’re USC, we always win.”​

McGrew spent most of his 11-year NFL career with the New England Patriots. He led the team in tackles in 1985, the year the Patriots made it to the Super Bowl, but is best known for being the defender William “The Refrigerator” Perry stampeded over for a touchdown in the Chicago Bears victory over the Patriots in the championship game. His friend Williams said that when a teammate asked McGrew if he was all right as he lay on the ground after the play, McGrew replied, “I’m OK, but I’m going to be on ESPN for the rest of my life.”​

Injuries took their toll on McGrew, who ended his career as a reserve on the 1990 Super Bowl Champion New York Giants. Though his skills deteriorated, Charyce said, McGrew’s spirits were always high. “Larry never sulked. I can’t remember him ever complaining,” she said. “For him, it was just work.”​

An inoperable neck injury made it difficult for McGrew to work after his football days were over, Charyce said. Tyler, also a resident of Lancaster, said he and McGrew often exercised together at a local gym. He said McGrew made friends with everyone and never played up his NFL past. “He was never Lawrence McGrew the football player, he was always just Larry.”​



Nov 23, 1986: At Sullivan Stadium the Pats took down Buffalo QB Jim Kelly six times in a 22-19 victory.



The Larry McGrew Tribute
 

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Terry Glenn


Happy birthday Terry Glenn, who would have been 47 today
Born July 23, 1974 in Columbus, Ohio
Patriot WR, 1996-2001; uniform #88
Pats 1st round (7th overall) selection of the 1996 draft, from Ohio State
Died Nov 20, 2017 at the age of 43






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Terry Glenn, Ohio State, 5-101/4, 183, junior - Burst onto the scene in 1995 winning the Biletnikoff Award, after two inconspicuous seasons behind Joey Galloway and Chris Sanders. Strengths: Tremendous athlete, who runs sharp routes and explodes in the open field. Weaknesses: Does not have great size and work habits questioned.

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Nov 20, 2017:

When Parcells aired his grievance, he did so with what would become one of the most memorable quotes in franchise history, though you probably won’t find it etched in granite at Patriot Place any time soon: “If they want you to cook the dinner, at least they ought to let you shop for some of the groceries.”​

The irony was that Glenn was precisely the ingredient those young Patriots needed to add to the recipe. He caught an NFL rookie-record 90 passes in ’96 while joining Bledsoe, running back Curtis Martin, and tight end Ben Coates on a dynamic young offense that advanced all the way to Super Bowl XXXI, which they lost to the favored Packers.​


Nov 20, 2017:

In his six seasons with the Patriots (1996-2001), Glenn played in 68 games and recorded 329 receptions for 4,669 yards and 22 touchdowns. He currently ranks eighth in team history in receiving yards and ninth in receptions.​







Every Terry Glenn Touchdown || Terry Glenn Highlights


Sadly his son, Terry Glenn Jr., passed away in 2019 at the age of 22 after an apparent accidental overdose.
 

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James Develin


Happy 33rd birthday to James Develin
Born July 23, 1988 in Gilbertsville, PA
Patriot FB, 2012-present; uniform #46
Signed as a free agent to the practice squad on September 2, 2012




James Rittenhouse Develin had an interesting football career. His college days consisted of playing defensive end, while obtaining a degree in engineering from an Ivy League school. Rather than getting a desk job with his degree from Brown, he followed his dream of playing pro football - but couldn't get on the field for the Oklahoma City Yard Dawgz of the Arena Football League, and then signed with the Florida Tuskers of the short lived United Football League. There was one impactful event that did happen while there though: Florida coach Jay Gruden switched Develin from defensive end to fullback.

Fast forward to present day and Develin has accumulated three super bowl rings, was named to the Patriots All-Decade Team of the 2010s, and probably earned more money than most of his fellow Brown University alumni.

Develin was named to the Pro Bowl in 2017 and scored four touchdowns in 2018. He appeared in 83 regular season games and 14 postseason games for the Patriots - with New England chalking up a 12-2 record in those contests. Develin retired last spring due to neck injuries he had sustained as a blocking back.

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Poster Child for 'Bill Can't Draft Wide Receivers'


Happy 30th birthday to Aaron Dobson
Born July 23, 1991 in Dunbar, West Virginia
Patriot WR, 2013-2015; uniform #17

Pats 2nd round (59th overall) selection of the 2013 draft, from Marshall



Thursday, September 12, 2013 at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough:
Aaron Dobson drops a third quarter pass in front of Jets corner Darrin Walls.​


With so much focus on either the success of the Patriots during the 2010s - or the lack of success by N'Keal Harry - it is easy to forget what a flop this draft pick was. In three seasons Dobson missed as many games as he played in, appearing in 24 games with 13 starts. He caught 53 of the 98 passes thrown his way (54%), with 698 yards receiving and four touchdowns. After his rookie season Dobson had just 20 receptions for 179 yards and zero touchdowns. He later signed contracts with Detroit and Arizona, but never played in another NFL game.

An ice cold take from April 5, 2013:
Why the New England Patriots Absolutely Must Draft Aaron Dobson | Bleacher Report


Perhaps Dobson and Cassius Marsh can form their own sour grapes club:



As seen below, at least he can rationalize as well as anybody - even if it does not explain why the Lions and Cardinals also cut him (or why he even signed with them).





Happy 36th birthday to Scott Chandler
Born July 23, 1985 in Bedford, Texas
Patriot TE, 2015; uniform #88
Signed as a free agent on March 13, 2015

Scott Chandler had 23 receptions for 259 yards, playing in 15 games with four starts in his one season in Foxborough. A fourth round pick by the Chargers in 2007, he played in 90 NFL games from 2007 to 2015, with 205 catches for 2,379 yards and 21 touchdowns.




June 12, 2015:


This Mike Reiss column below details what the Patriots envisioned when the team signed Chandler - and why it did not work out.

Nov 19, 2015:

As a game-plan offense, the Patriots mix and match personnel liberally, and one of the things they look for early in games is how defenses will match up against their two-TE package of Gronkowski/Williams or Gronkowski/Chandler. More often than not, defenses are viewing Chandler as a receiver and thus playing nickel (five defensive backs) against the two-TE package of Gronkowski/Chandler. So in essence, offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels then has a call to make: "Do I like my chances with the two-TE package of Gronkowski/Chandler vs. nickel or the three-WR package with receiver Danny Amendola in Chandler's place vs. nickel?" In those situations, the three-WR package has trumped the two-TE package of Gronkowski/Chandler, as it's basically a choice of Amendola vs. Chandler.​


April 2, 2016:




Happy 31st birthday to Johnson Bademosi
Born July 23, 1990 in D.C.
Patriot CB, 2017; uniform #29
Acquired in a trade with Detroit on Sept 2, 2017, for a 2019 6th round draft pick


Johnson Bademosi played in every game for the Pats in 2017, logging 284 special team snaps (63%) and 214 defensive snaps (20%). Most of the playing time on defense came in a three game span in midseason, when the Stanford alum filled in as a starter when Stephon Gilmore was injured. He also saw plenty of playing time in the playoffs; Bademosi was the player who took over in place of Malcolm Butler in Super Bowl 52 versus Philadelphia. He left the following offseason, when Houston offered him a two-year, $6.25 million contract which made him the NFL's highest paid special teams player. Bademosi has appeared in 120 NFL games since 2012; he spent last season on IR for the Saints due to a foot injury and is currently a free agent.

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July 23, 2003:
Bill Belichick is re-signed as head coach to a two-year contract extension through 2006.




Others born on this date with New England connections:

Happy 67th birthday to Bruce Huther (7/23/54)
University of New Hampshire
The linebacker played in 97 games from 1977 to 1983, mostly with Dallas. Huther earned a ring while with the Cowboys for Super Bowl XII, and later played in the USFL. He graduated from New Hampshire with a degree in zoology, and later earned a master's degree from the University of Texas at Dallas. In 1992, he founded Huther & Associates, an environmental consultancy in Denton, Texas.
Huther and Associates, Inc.




K.J. Wright, 32
The LB was the player Seattle drafted with the pick received from Pats in trade for Deion Branch

Matt Birk, 45 (Harvard)
6-time Pro Bowl center for Vikings

Bruce Huther, 67 (UNH)
LB won a SB with Dallas

Nate Dingle, 50 (Wells, Maine)
LB from 1995-97

Wasswa Serwanga, 45
Kato's brother spent three years in the NFL
 

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Wow, what a walk down memory lane...comments:

- I didn't know that McGrew died....and that there was an impostor.

- Terry Glenn.....man.... yeah, Parcells should have been allowed to shop for the groceries, but no Glenn...no Superbowl 31 that year.

- Johnson Bademosi......we were ONE missed tackle by him from winning Superbowl 52....grrr....but he gave us a great season that year when guys went down.
 

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James Develin


Happy 33rd birthday to James Develin
Born July 23, 1988 in Gilbertsville, PA
Patriot FB, 2012-present; uniform #46
Signed as a free agent to the practice squad on September 2, 2012




James Rittenhouse Develin had an interesting football career. His college days consisted of playing defensive end, while obtaining a degree in engineering from an Ivy League school. Rather than getting a desk job with his degree from Brown, he followed his dream of playing pro football - but couldn't get on the field for the Oklahoma City Yard Dawgz of the Arena Football League, and then signed with the Florida Tuskers of the short lived United Football League. There was one impactful event that did happen while there though: Florida coach Jay Gruden switched Develin from defensive end to fullback.

Fast forward to present day and Develin has accumulated three super bowl rings, was named to the Patriots All-Decade Team of the 2010s, and probably earned more money than most of his fellow Brown University alumni.

Develin was named to the Pro Bowl in 2017 and scored four touchdowns in 2018. He appeared in 83 regular season games and 14 postseason games for the Patriots - with New England chalking up a 12-2 record in those contests. Develin retired last spring due to neck injuries he had sustained as a blocking back.

Jan 29, 2015:

April 27, 2020:







I had a bad feeling that, after he took himself out of the game in Miami, we might've seen the last of Develin, especially after seeing the replay a moment later...Nothing overtly traumatic, just a bad angle with all of the force of the impact concentrated in one spot...Lost Isaiah Wynn for half the season earlier that day...Dam shame, but he would've probably retired by now anyway...Those 2016-18 seasons he was the best in the business...Hope Dalton Keene makes the same commitment to blocking that Develin did...
 

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Poster Child for 'Bill Can't Draft Wide Receivers'


Happy 30th birthday to Aaron Dobson
Born July 23, 1991 in Dunbar, West Virginia
Patriot WR, 2013-2015; uniform #17

Pats 2nd round (59th overall) selection of the 2013 draft, from Marshall



Thursday, September 12, 2013 at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough:
Aaron Dobson drops a third quarter pass in front of Jets corner Darrin Walls.​


With so much focus on either the success of the Patriots during the 2010s - or the lack of success by N'Keal Harry - it is easy to forget what a flop this draft pick was. In three seasons Dobson missed as many games as he played in, appearing in 24 games with 13 starts. He caught 53 of the 98 passes thrown his way (54%), with 698 yards receiving and four touchdowns. After his rookie season Dobson had just 20 receptions for 179 yards and zero touchdowns. He later signed contracts with Detroit and Arizona, but never played in another NFL game.

An ice cold take from April 5, 2013:
Why the New England Patriots Absolutely Must Draft Aaron Dobson | Bleacher Report


Perhaps Dobson and Cassius Marsh can form their own sour grapes club:



As seen below, at least he can rationalize as well as anybody - even if it does not explain why the Lions and Cardinals also cut him (or why he even signed with them).





Happy 36th birthday to Scott Chandler
Born July 23, 1985 in Bedford, Texas
Patriot TE, 2015; uniform #88
Signed as a free agent on March 13, 2015

Scott Chandler had 23 receptions for 259 yards, playing in 15 games with four starts in his one season in Foxborough. A fourth round pick by the Chargers in 2007, he played in 90 NFL games from 2007 to 2015, with 205 catches for 2,379 yards and 21 touchdowns.




June 12, 2015:


This Mike Reiss column below details what the Patriots envisioned when the team signed Chandler - and why it did not work out.

Nov 19, 2015:

As a game-plan offense, the Patriots mix and match personnel liberally, and one of the things they look for early in games is how defenses will match up against their two-TE package of Gronkowski/Williams or Gronkowski/Chandler. More often than not, defenses are viewing Chandler as a receiver and thus playing nickel (five defensive backs) against the two-TE package of Gronkowski/Chandler. So in essence, offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels then has a call to make: "Do I like my chances with the two-TE package of Gronkowski/Chandler vs. nickel or the three-WR package with receiver Danny Amendola in Chandler's place vs. nickel?" In those situations, the three-WR package has trumped the two-TE package of Gronkowski/Chandler, as it's basically a choice of Amendola vs. Chandler.​


April 2, 2016:




Happy 31st birthday to Johnson Bademosi
Born July 23, 1990 in D.C.
Patriot CB, 2017; uniform #29
Acquired in a trade with Detroit on Sept 2, 2017, for a 2019 6th round draft pick


Johnson Bademosi played in every game for the Pats in 2017, logging 284 special team snaps (63%) and 214 defensive snaps (20%). Most of the playing time on defense came in a three game span in midseason, when the Stanford alum filled in as a starter when Stephon Gilmore was injured. He also saw plenty of playing time in the playoffs; Bademosi was the player who took over in place of Malcolm Butler in Super Bowl 52 versus Philadelphia. He left the following offseason, when Houston offered him a two-year, $6.25 million contract which made him the NFL's highest paid special teams player. Bademosi has appeared in 120 NFL games since 2012; he spent last season on IR for the Saints due to a foot injury and is currently a free agent.

Oct 17, 2017:

Three useless piles of crap right there.
 


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