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June 28 in Pats History: Happy Birthday to Matt Chatham


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Today in Patriots History
Matt Chatham



Happy 44th birthday to Matt Chatham
Born June 28, 1977 in Newton, Iowa
Patriot ST/LB, 2000-2005; uniform #58
Claimed off waivers from the Rams on August 28, 2000

Matt Chatham was originally signed by the St Louis Rams in 1999 as an undrafted rookie from the University of South Dakota. The Pats claimed Chatham off waivers just prior to the start of the 2000 season, and he went on to become a special teams ace over the next several years. He played in six games in 2000, exclusively on special teams, before landing on injured reserve. In 2001 he began the year on the practice squad but ended up playing in 11 regular season games and all three playoff games, finishing third on the team with 12 special teams tackles. The following year he was second on the team with 15 special team tackles, 12 solo.

In 2003 Chatham had a 38 yard fumble recovery for a touchdown, providing the winning points in a game against the Giants. Then in Super Bowl 38 he provided a highlight reel hit, leveling serial streaker Mark Roberts at the start of the second half, just after Janet Jackson's wardrobe malfunction. During the '03 season Chatham played in every game and filled in with four starts, registering a forced fumble, two fumble recoveries and 1½ sacks.


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Oct 12, 2003: Patriots linebacker Matt Chatham (#58) races to the end zone with a fumble to give the Patriots a 7-0 lead. The Pats went on to defeat the Giants 17-6.


Matt Chatham played in 66 regular season games for the Patriots, plus 11 playoff games for the Pats - during which time the team went 10-1. With three super bowl rings in his collection, Chatham went on to get his MBA from Babson College. He opened a restaurant and founded one of the best football websites ever, FootballByFootball. Unfortunately for us Matt decided to shut that site down, to instead contribute to The Athletic, but his FBF podcasts are still available.

A fierce defender of the Patriots during the deflategate witch hunt, @Chatham58 is a worthy follow for anyone on twitter, and he is also regular contributor to NESN.













(The infamous SB36 streaker tackle)​
 

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Today in Patriots History
Ron Wooten


Happy 62nd birthday to Ron Wooten
Born June 28, 1959 in Bourne, Mass.
Patriot RG, 1982-1988; uniform #61
Pats 6th round (157th overall) pick of the 1981 draft, from North Carolina


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Ronald John Wooten was placed on injured reserve with a back injury on August 31, 1981, causing him to miss his rookie season. He became a starter at right guard the following season after Bob Cryder was injured, then proceeded to miss just seven games over the next six seasons. In 1984 Wooten was the recipient of the Jim Lee Hunt Memorial Award, given to the team's top offensive lineman as voted on by the coaches. During the 1985 super bowl season he performed the rare feat of playing in 20 NFL games in a single season (regular season and playoffs combined). The bad back remained such a chronic issue for Wooten that he was unable to lift weights from '86 to '88 - yet rarely missed any playing time.

Wooten was one of the first veterans to break ranks during the 1987 player strike, despite the fact that he himself was an assistant player rep. Over eight seasons Ron played in 98 regular season games with 96 starts. He also appeared in six playoff games and was part of the '85 team that won the AFC championship. Ron Wooten is the right guard on the Patriots All-Decade Team of the 1980s.


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(L-R) Pete Brock, John Hannah, Ron Wooten


Post-football Wooten went on to get his MBA from Boston University and has had a successful business career, initially working in mergers and acquisitions for First Union. He then served as President at the NovaQuest business unit at Quintiles. Ron Wooten is the Founding Partner, Managing Director and Chief Investment Officer at NovaQuest Capital Management.





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Happy 63rd birthday to Brian Clark
Born June 28, 1958 in Canton, Ohio
Patriot K, 1982 off season; uniform #5
Pats 10th round (253rd overall) selection of the 1982 draft, from Florida

In college Brian Clark was involved in a controversial field goal attempt that resulted in the Gators losing to Auburn in 1981. He was still considered good enough to be drafted; at the time he held school records for career field goals made, single season field goals made, and most field goals made in a single game (5). Despite the fact that John Smith was not available after undergoing arthroscopic surgery on his knee, Clark was waived in favor of Rex Robinson (who?) to start the 1982 season. Perhaps it was just as well; how would the warm weather Florida native reacted had he been called upon for a game winning field goal in the snowplow game later that season? For more than 30 years Brian Clark has been with Steelcase Office Solutions, where he is now the Business Manager at their Birmingham location.






One other player with New England area connections:

- John Elway, 61 (6/28/60); Hall of Fame quarterback passed for 51,475 yards (second most in NFL history at that time) before becoming a successful automobile dealership owner and Broncos general manager. In his playing days the nine-time Pro Bowler became both a noun (The Elway) and verb (we got Elwayed) to opposing teams fans for his clutch play.

- Chuck Howley, 85 (6/28/36); five time first team All Pro linebacker with the Cowboys was MVP of Super Bowl V, the first of just nine times the award went to a defensive player.

- Raymond Chester, 73 (6/28/48); one of the premier TE of his era, he was named to four Pro Bowls, with over 5,000 yards receiving and 48 touchdowns.

- Marvin Jones, 49 (6/28/72); had 1,021 tackles over 11 seasons with the Jets.

- Bryan Barker, 57 (6/28/64); had 878 consecutive punts without a block (2nd all-time in NFL history), and 326 career punts inside the 20 (3rd all-time).

- Randy McMichael, 42 (6/28/79); over the course of three seasons (2004-06) the Miami Dolphins tight end was outstanding, hauling in 195 receptions during that time.

- Clarence Davis, 72 (6/28/49); averaged 4.5 yards per carry and scored 28 touchdowns with the Raiders in the seventies.
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- Karim Abdul-Jabbar, 47 (6/28/74); rushed for 26 touchdowns his first two years for Miami, but bad knees prematurely ended his NFL career. Rumor has it he may have become a commercial airplane pilot.

- Don Nottingham, 72 (6/28/49); 'the human bowling ball' was a fullback for the Colts and Dolphins in the seventies, rushing for 34 touchdowns.

- Jay Schroeder, 60 (6/28/61); went 24-7 in Washington after Joe Theisman broke his leg, then was the Raiders starting QB for five seasons.
 

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Happy birthday, Wozzy!
Having Rob Parker wish Matt Chatham a happy birthday warms my heart.

My birthday's not for a long time... but I get it, anyone who doesn't agree that everything about the Patriots (except Tom Brady) sucks has to be Matt Chatham.

When Negative Nancy's attack...
 
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Having Rob Parker wish Matt Chatham a happy birthday warms my heart.

My birthday's not for a long time... but I get it, anyone who doesn't agree that everything about the Patriots (except Tom Brady) sucks has to be Matt Chatham.

When Negative Nancy's attack...

Happy Birthday 58
 

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Having Rob Parker wish Matt Chatham a happy birthday warms my heart.

My birthday's not for a long time... but I get it, anyone who doesn't agree that everything about the Patriots (except Tom Brady) sucks has to be Matt Chatham.

When Negative Nancy's attack...
Go ahead and drop a quote where I said that everything about the Patriots sucks, Matty Boy. I’ll wait.

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The Negative Nancy’s hate Chatham because he played the game, has actual knowledge about why things succeed or fail and doesn’t take a turd in the punch bowl right up to the moment the Pats hoist the Lombardi trophy.

Rational thought and facts scare the nancy’s, they’d rather have a boogeyman like Bill or a player to blame. Things like execution, blocking and tackling matter less than “talent” and “weapons.”

Simple minds = simple thoughts
 

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The Negative Nancy’s hate Chatham because he played the game, has actual knowledge about why things succeed or fail and doesn’t take a turd in the punch bowl right up to the moment the Pats hoist the Lombardi trophy.

Rational thought and facts scare the nancy’s, they’d rather have a boogeyman like Bill or a player to blame. Things like execution, blocking and tackling matter less than “talent” and “weapons.”

Simple minds = simple thoughts
Chatham is ok. No one hates him, it's not that serious. We're just having fun bc he's a bit of a weirdo.
 

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Have some punch and keep the turds out the bowl. Be positive IIB.
Don't you dare think N'Keal Harry is not a budding Jerry Rice either. Also don't dare state that the 2020 roster was bad because it was all solely Cam. Also don't acknowledge that a historic spending spree has anything to do with how bad the 2020 roster was.
 

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The Negative Nancy’s hate Chatham because he played the game, has actual knowledge about why things succeed or fail and doesn’t take a turd in the punch bowl right up to the moment the Pats hoist the Lombardi trophy.

Rational thought and facts scare the nancy’s, they’d rather have a boogeyman like Bill or a player to blame. Things like execution, blocking and tackling matter less than “talent” and “weapons.”

Simple minds = simple thoughts

Wrong.
 
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