Today in Patriots History
A pair of obscure Pats
A pair of obscure Pats
Going through these daily Pats history pieces, I am happy to find so many former players that went on to have successful careers after hanging up their cleats. Today's entry is a good example, even if the two are indeed relatively obscure in regards to the feats on the gridiron.
Happy 53rd birthday to Mickey Washington
Born July 8, 1968 in Galveston, Texas
Patriot CB, 1990-1991; uniform #21
Signed off the Colts' practice squad on October 30, 1990
The speedy 5′9 corner was selected in the 8th round, 199th overall by the Phoenix Cardinals in 1990. He did not make the week one roster and was available until Baltimore signed him to their practice squad on October 2. After the Patriots released RB Don Overton in late October they signed the former Texas A&M Aggie, and he appeared in nine games for New England that season. In 1991 Washington appeared in all 16 games for the Patriots with four starts and two picks. He was cut near the end of training camp in 1992, picked up by Pittsburgh, but released again before the start of the season.
Mickey Washington had two interceptions and 73 tackles in 25 games during his two years with the New England Patriots.
The Texas A&M graduate persevered, spending eight years in the NFL. He also played for Washington, Buffalo, Jacksonville and New Orleans, with three years as a starter – one of which was with the Bills (when he started in Super Bowl 28), and two with the Jaguars, from ’94-’96. After his NFL career ended Washington earned his law degree, and founded his own practice in Texas, focusing on labor and employment law. Mickey Washington also served on the executive committee for the National Football League Players Association.
Nov 14, 1993:
WASHINGTON FINDS HIS NICHE WITH BILLS VAGABOND DEFENSIVE BACK IS ON THE MONEY IN NICKEL COVERAGE OR ON CORNER
WHEN CORNERBACK Mickey Washington finished his workout as a free agent in the bubble at Rich Stadium last winter, Buffalo Bills executives and coaches were left scratching their heads and
Mickey L. Washington is a native of Port Arthur and Beaumont, Texas. He is the founder of Washington & Associates, PLLC, a law firm with core values in commitment, excellence and integrity drive success. Mr. Washington handles personal injury litigation, labor and employment litigation; and...
Feb 28, 2012:
Mickey Washington Elected To Serve On NFLPA Executive Committee
LinkedIn | Mickey Washington
Mickey Washington played with five teams over the span of an eight-season career with the NFL, playing cornerback for the New England Patriots, Washington Redskins, Buffalo Bills, Jacksonville Jaguars, and New Orleans Saints. During his career in the NFL, Washington served as a union...
Happy 50th birthday to Jeff Kopp
Born July 8, 1971 in Danville, California
Patriot LB, 1999; uniform #91
Signed as a free agent on October 27, 1999
Jeff Kopp was a sixth round draft pick by Miami in 1995, out of USC. He primarily played on special teams, appearing in 63 games with three starts over his five year NFL career. After a rash of injuries decimated the Pats linebacking corps to the point that safeties were forced to fill in at linebacker, Pete Carroll signed Kopp in late October of '99. He appeared in six games for the Patriots, with two tackles.
In his post-NFL life Kopp worked as an investment advisor, as a steer wrestler on the professional rodeo circuit, and as a bicycle shop owner. Kopp then became a high school football head coach in Jacksonville, through 2017. Since 2018 Jeff has been Director of Prison Ministry at The Church of Eleven22 and Campus Chaplain at Department of Corrections Prison in Jacksonville.
FOXBORO — Jeff Kopp was asked Wednesday what it felt like to be an unemployed linebacker one minute, and a possible starter for a Super Bowl contender the next.
FOXBORO -- Jeff Kopp was cut by the Baltimore Ravens, failed a tryout with the lowly Atlanta Falcons and was unemployed for three weeks. On Sunday, he could be starting at linebacker for the New En…
Jeff Kopp | San Ramon Valley High School Athletic Hall of Fame
A former linebacker who was suing pro football explains why he's now satisfied with what the league is doing to prevent concussions and care for its players.
Providence parted ways with its football coach Thursday and filled the vacancy the same afternoon. Former Jaguars linebacker Jeff Kopp accepted the Stallions head coaching position after the progra…
Alycia Kopp Q: What is your role with the team? Do you let your husband do his thing, or are you hands-on with the team? A: My most important role is supporting him. I do whatever I can to support him and whatever he needs, and yes, I’m very involved, but in an ‘on the […]
Providence became the sixth school in the area to change football coaches this offseason when it parted ways with Jeff Kopp. Kopp spent four seasons as Providence’s head coach and went 17-22 in tha…
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In other July 8 news:
July 8, 2020:
Patriots sign Cam Newton to a one-year, $1.75 million contract, to compete with Jarrett Stidham and Brian Hoyer as starting quarterback for the Pats' first post-Tom Brady season.
The New England Patriots officially announced the signing of veteran QB Cam Newton.
The Patriots have agreed to a one-year contract with quarterback Cam Newton, a person with knowledge of the deal told The Associated Press. The one-year deal is worth up to […]
Newton’s deal is reportedly worth up to $7.5 million.
New England is replacing Tom Brady with a QB who just five years ago was the most dominant player on the planet. What comes next?
Other players with New England area connections sharing this birth date:
- Phil McGeoghan, 42 (7/8/79); born and raised in Agawam, went to Boston University and then Maine after BU stopped playing football.
Phil played with Denver and New Orleans in the NFL, as well as one season with NFL Europe. He has been a position coach for several colleges and NFL teams, and is now the WR coach for the Los Angeles Chargers.
Go behind the scenes with rarely granted access to join the wide receivers on the field and in the meeting room during training camp.
The Los Angeles Chargers coach wants to be an advocate for fairness and justice.
- Charlie Stewart (7/8/90-12/18/65); this native of western Mass was a guard in the early days of the NFL, before figuring out there were better jobs for someone with a degree from Colgate.
Some other pro football players born on this date:
- Jack Lambert, 69 (7/8/52); Hall of Fame middle linebacker for the Steelers was a six-time All Pro, and won four Super Bowl rings.
The 1984 profile of the Steelers great is classic Zim—an admiring portrait of a player who embodied toughness and football smarts in equal measure
Hall of Fame linebacker Jack Lambert is auctioning his personal football collection, Joe Rutter of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.Lot. No. 590 of the Lelands Spring Classic collection includes the container that held Lambert’s false teeth during games. The teeth are not included.Lelands...
- John David Crow (7/8/35-6/17/15); RB won the Heisman Trophy in 1957 and played 11 years in the NFL for the Cardinals and 49ers. Named to four Pro Bowls, Crow was a bruising runner who refused to run out of bounds. In 1960 he led the league with 5.9 yards per carry, and 1,533 yards from scrimmage (in a 12-game season).
Induction Year: 1976 In 1957, Coach Paul “Bear” Bryant of Texas A&M sent a message to Heisman Trophy voters. “If John David Crow doesn’t win the Heisman Trophy,” he said,
- Tommy Mason (7/8/39-1/22/15); RB was the second overall pick by the Patriots in the 1961 AFL draft, but he signed with the Vikings, who selected him with the first overall pick of the NFL draft. Tommy played 11 years in the NFL and was named to three Pro Bowls; he later married Olympic gymnast and Broadway actress Cathy Rigby.
Tommy Mason, an NFL running back who was the first draft pick in Minnesota Vikings history and later played four seasons with the Los Angeles Rams, has died.
- Ken Lanier, 62 (7/8/59); the 'rock on the right side' started 180 games (including 13 playoff games) at right tackle for the Broncos from 1981 to 1994.
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- Na'il Diggs, 43 (7/8/78); linebacker played twelve seasons in the NFL, mostly with Green Bay and Carolina.
For all of the opportunities football gives, many players find themselves plagued by bad financial decisions and little support or guidance…