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Who needs a stinking face mask?


Happy 83rd birthday to Pat Studstill
Born June 4, 1938 in Shreveport, Louisiana
Patriot punter, 1972; uniform #2
Claimed off waivers from Rams on September 6, 1972

The Patriots signed Pat Studstill for what would be the final season of his NFL career at the age of 34. He played in all 14 games with 75 punts, averaging a career low 38.1 yards.

Over the course of his NFL career Pats Studstill led the league in an incredible 11 different single season categories. As a rookie with Detroit it was number of kick returns for a touchdown . The next season he led the NFL in punt returns, punt return yards, and average (15.8 yards per return). In '65 he led the league for the first of three times in number of punts, with 78. The following season he made the Pro Bowl for the second time, leading the league with 1,266 yards receiving. That works out to 90.4 yards a game, in an era when the rules where nowhere near as conducive to the passing game as they are now. He also tied an NFL record for the longest pass reception (99 yards), which can obviously never be broken. A year later he had an NFL-best 44.5 yards per punt, as well as the season's longest punt (78 yards).

He also would have led the league in receptions in 1966, but for a choice that is unfathomable today. Studstill was dealing with a knee injury but asked to sit the game out (Detroit was already eliminated from the playoffs) - so that he could go to the Pro Bowl! In the final week of the season Hall of Fame WR Charley Taylor had eight receptions to surpass Studstill for most catches on the year. While at the Pro Bowl, Studstill met and played for Rams coach George Allen, who traded for him the following year. Allen left to become head coach for Washington in 1972, and new Rams HC Tommy Prothro wanted Studstill to focus strictly on punting. A year later he signed with the Patriots.

Besides the fact that he had versatility (punter, punt returner, kick returner, flanker, split end and halfback) and speed (9.8 seconds in the 100-yard dash in college) that would make Bill Belichick drool, Studstill is also known for being the last NFL player to not wear a face mask.




As good as a player as he was, Pat Studstill came very close to never playing in the NFL. He was miscast by his coach at the University of Houston to play quarterback, a position he hated. The coach begrudgingly acquiesced to a request to switch to play wide receiver and punter. The coach didn't like it, and he liked the fact that Studstill then got married even less. The coach had said 'if anybody on this team gets married, I will take him off scholarship'. He benched Studstill for no on-field reason during his junior season, and played him for all of about ten minutes as a senior.

Fortunately one of the assistants put in a call to a Detroit scout. Studstill left his job working for a regional freight company and hitchhiked from Texas to Detroit for a tryout. He was recruited to be a defensive back, but wasn't very good at the position he had never before played. The Lions were impressed with his speed though, so they used him on punt and kick returns, and eventually at receiver. In his first preseason game he caught a 78 yard pass and in another he ran a kickoff back 100 yards for a touchdown. Studstill made the roster, and the rest is history.

During the offseasons in LA, Studstill worked in real estate, and while in New England he expanded his portfolio to include pensions and profit sharing plans for closely held corporations., fields that he worked in for about ten years.

Backtrack to Detroit. One of the big movies in 1968 was Paper Lion, based on George Plimpton's book about trying out for the Lions. Most of the parts were portrayed by real NFL players - including Studstill. His wife encouraged Pat to try doing more movies, or commercials. In 1981 he auditioned for a role in a Chevrolet ad, and got the part.

"They put me in a big ol' Stetson hat and a suit. I'm driving this Chevrolet Impala down some road. I look out the window, and the camera's right there, and I say, 'This is it.'​

"That TV commercial ran all year long and I made about $20,000. I said, 'This is what I want to do!'​

"Since then I've made over 300 commercials. I get a better retirement from that than I do with the NFL."​

Studstill also appeared in a few made for TV movies, single episodes on Magnum, PI and Dukes of Hazard, and worked stunts and behind the camera as a consultant on the original version of The Longest Yard.


Pat Studstill: Returning, Receiving and Punting for the Lions and Rams | The Coffin Corner








 

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A pair of mediocre mid-round draft picks


Happy 29th birthday to Geneo Grissom
Born June 4, 1992 in Hutchinson Kansas
Patriot DE, 2015-2018; uniform #92
Pats 3rd round (97th overall) selection of the 2015 draft, from Oklahoma

Grissom appeared in all but one game his rookie season, with 130 snaps (11.9%) as a backup on defense, and 142 snaps (28.9%) on special teams. In 2016 he was cut at the end of training camp and signed to the practice squad. Grissom was re-signed on October 15 when Jonathan Freeney went on IR. He played in 11 games in 2016, plus all three playoff games. He appeared in just 11 snaps on defense for the season, but had the sixth-most special teams appearances (250 snaps, 55.9%). Grissom was one of ten players with over 15 snaps in Super Bowl 51, with 17.

2017 was similar back and forth. Grissom began the season on the practice squad after being cut at the end of training camp. Three weeks later he was promoted when Vincent Valentine went on Injured Reserve, then went back to the practice squad when Martellus Bennett was signed in early November. Ricky Jean Francois was cut on December 2nd, and Grissom was elevated and spent the rest of the year on the main roster. In eight games he appeared in 26 defensive snaps, and 153 special team snaps.




In 2018 Grissom made the roster out of training camp, but appeared in just four of the first nine games. His only extended action (20 defensive snaps) came in the week two loss to Jacksonville. Grissom's final game as a Patriot was the week nine SNF victory over Green Bay.

Over the course of four seasons the Patriots went 29-9 in the 38 games that Grissom played. He had 14 tackles (7 solo), 3 tackles for a loss, one quarterback hit and one sack. Grissom was on the field for 190 defensive snaps (130 in his rookie season) and 610 special team snaps. His best game came in the 2017-18 playoffs versus Tennessee when he had two sacks and a tackle for a loss. After being cut he worked out for the Jets, Jaguars and Packers before signed with the Colts, but saw no playing time in four games with Indy. He was signed by New Orleans just after the 2019 draft but released at the end of training camp, ending his NFL career.

Along with his wife, Grissom hitting the books | Metro West




Happy 57th birthday to Teddy Garcia
Born June 4, 1964 in Caddo Parish, Louisiana
Patriot kicker, 1988; uniform #7
Pats 4th round (100th overall) selection in the 1988 draft, from NE Louisiana (now University of Louisiana at Monroe)

For every successful special teams draft pick such as Stephen Gostkowski, there are a couple like this one. In 1986 Tony Franklin made the Pro Bowl, leading the league in field goals made on 32/41 attempts. In '87 he started to regress, connecting on just 15 of 26 tries - and only 10 out of 21 attempts from the 30 yard line or beyond. Raymond Berry was looking for a replacement.

The 32-year old Franklin was let go and the Patriots drafted Garcia, with hopes that he would be as productive as punter Rich Camarillo. Garcia was awful, making only six of 13 field goal attempts (46%) - and somehow also managed to connect on just 11 of 16 point afters. He filled in for a few games with the Vikings and Oilers over the next two years, and then spent two seasons in NFL Europe.






Happy 51st birthday to Ronnie Harris
Born June 4, 1970 in Granada Hills, California
Patriot PR/KR/WR, 1993-1994; uniform #84
Signed as an undrafted rookie free agent from Oregon on May 3, 1993

Ronnie Harris ran track while at the University of Oregon, posting the second fastest indoor 50 meter time ever recorded at 5.7 seconds. He appeared in six games for the Patriots, with 26 punt returns (8.7 yards per return), six kick returns (15.0 yards per return) and one reception for 11 yards. He ended up playing in 69 games over seven NFL seasons, mostly with Seattle and also some with Atlanta. His career highlight play was a crucial key 29 yard catch in the Falcons upset victory in the 1998 NFCCG over the Minnesota Vikings; that reception set up the game tying touchdown, with Atlanta defeating the 16-1 Vikings in overtime. Harris now works as a senior healthcare representative for Pfizer, and is a youth minister in the state of Washington.






Happy 26th birthday to LeShun Daniels
Born June 4, 1995 in Warren, Ohio
Patriot RB, 2017 offseason; uniform #??
Signed as an undrafted rookie free agent on May 5, 2017

The former University of Iowa Hawkeye spent time with the Chargers, Washington and Green Bay after being cut by the Patriots on September 3, 2017. He appeared in four games for Washington, getting three carries on 14 offensive snaps. LeShun now works as a financial adviser in Chicago.




June 4, 1988: WR Stephen Starring is arrested for indecent exposure at a John Elway charity golf event in Colorado.




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

Bernie Finn (6/4/07 - 9/26/93);
went to Holy Cross and was a wing back in the thirties.

Len Watters (6/4/98 -1 2/10/86);
end was one of six players from Springfield College to ever play in the NFL.

Johnny McQuade (6/4/95 - 12/24/80);
from Manchester NH, Johnny a back on the 1922 Canton Bulldogs.

Tom Kennedy (6/4/20 - 11/19/06);
born in Pittsfield, Tom played tackle briefly for the Detroit Lions in the forties.

Deck Shelley (6/4/06 - 12/17/68); back from the thirties played for the Providence Steamroller.




Other pro football players born today include:

- Jim Lachey, 58 (6/4/63); after Doug Williams led Washington to a superbowl victory, Jay Schroeder asked to be traded. Joe Gibbs obliged, sending the QB to the Raiders for Lachey in one of the more lopsided trades in NFL history. Lachey went on to be a first team All Pro selection at left tackle in each of the next three seasons and win a super bowl ring, while Schroeder soon faded away.

- Bryan Hinkle, 602(6/4/59); starting OLB with the Steelers for most of the 80s.

- Ed Newman, 70 (6/4/51); four-time Pro Bowl guard for the Dolphins is now a judge in Miami.

- Alex Brown, 42 (6/4/79); Bears defensive end played in 143 games, with 45.5 sacks.
 

captain stone

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Today in Patriots History
Who needs a stinking face mask?


Happy 83rd birthday to Pat Studstill
Born June 4, 1938 in Shreveport, Louisiana
Patriot punter, 1972; uniform #2
Claimed off waivers from Rams on September 6, 1972

The Patriots signed Pat Studstill for what would be the final season of his NFL career at the age of 34. He played in all 14 games with 75 punts, averaging a career low 38.1 yards.

Over the course of his NFL career Pats Studstill led the league in an incredible 11 different single season categories. As a rookie with Detroit it was number of kick returns for a touchdown . The next season he led the NFL in punt returns, punt return yards, and average (15.8 yards per return). In '65 he led the league for the first of three times in number of punts, with 78. The following season he made the Pro Bowl for the second time, leading the league with 1,266 yards receiving. That works out to 90.4 yards a game, in an era when the rules where nowhere near as conducive to the passing game as they are now. He also tied an NFL record for the longest pass reception (99 yards), which can obviously never be broken. A year later he had an NFL-best 44.5 yards per punt, as well as the season's longest punt (78 yards).

He also would have led the league in receptions in 1966, but for a choice that is unfathomable today. Studstill was dealing with a knee injury but asked to sit the game out (Detroit was already eliminated from the playoffs) - so that he could go to the Pro Bowl! In the final week of the season Hall of Fame WR Charley Taylor had eight receptions to surpass Studstill for most catches on the year. While at the Pro Bowl, Studstill met and played for Rams coach George Allen, who traded for him the following year. Allen left to become head coach for Washington in 1972, and new Rams HC Tommy Prothro wanted Studstill to focus strictly on punting. A year later he signed with the Patriots.

Besides the fact that he had versatility (punter, punt returner, kick returner, flanker, split end and halfback) and speed (9.8 seconds in the 100-yard dash in college) that would make Bill Belichick drool, Studstill is also known for being the last NFL player to not wear a face mask.




As good as a player as he was, Pat Studstill came very close to never playing in the NFL. He was miscast by his coach at the University of Houston to play quarterback, a position he hated. The coach begrudgingly acquiesced to a request to switch to play wide receiver and punter. The coach didn't like it, and he liked the fact that Studstill then got married even less. The coach had said 'if anybody on this team gets married, I will take him off scholarship'. He benched Studstill for no on-field reason during his junior season, and played him for all of about ten minutes as a senior.

Fortunately one of the assistants put in a call to a Detroit scout. Studstill left his job working for a regional freight company and hitchhiked from Texas to Detroit for a tryout. He was recruited to be a defensive back, but wasn't very good at the position he had never before played. The Lions were impressed with his speed though, so they used him on punt and kick returns, and eventually at receiver. In his first preseason game he caught a 78 yard pass and in another he ran a kickoff back 100 yards for a touchdown. Studstill made the roster, and the rest is history.

During the offseasons in LA, Studstill worked in real estate, and while in New England he expanded his portfolio to include pensions and profit sharing plans for closely held corporations., fields that he worked in for about ten years.

Backtrack to Detroit. One of the big movies in 1968 was Paper Lion, based on George Plimpton's book about trying out for the Lions. Most of the parts were portrayed by real NFL players - including Studstill. His wife encouraged Pat to try doing more movies, or commercials. In 1981 he auditioned for a role in a Chevrolet ad, and got the part.

"They put me in a big ol' Stetson hat and a suit. I'm driving this Chevrolet Impala down some road. I look out the window, and the camera's right there, and I say, 'This is it.'​

"That TV commercial ran all year long and I made about $20,000. I said, 'This is what I want to do!'​

"Since then I've made over 300 commercials. I get a better retirement from that than I do with the NFL."​

Studstill also appeared in a few made for TV movies, single episodes on Magnum, PI and Dukes of Hazard, and worked stunts and behind the camera as a consultant on the original version of The Longest Yard.


Pat Studstill: Returning, Receiving and Punting for the Lions and Rams | The Coffin Corner









What a great story that is...If a film or documentary of him hasn't been made yet, then it should be, especially before he passes...
 

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...And the less said by me about GeeNo Gruesome the better...and about Glitch Richards one round earlier...and the Error Repeater three years earlier...and Jake the Fake one round later...etc...etc...etc...
 

jmt57

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What a great story that is...If a film or documentary of him hasn't been made yet, then it should be, especially before he passes...
I usually try to keep these posts Patriots-centric, but I found his story to be way too good to pass by. (I was actually just looking for a reason to keep Grissom or Garcia from being at the top of today's thread when I stumbled upon details about Pat Studstill.)


I would highly encourage anyone here to check out this piece in full; it won't take long, it's only five pages long.

Pat Studstill: Returning, Receiving and Punting for the Lions and Rams | The Coffin Corner
 

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Today in Patriots History
Who needs a stinking face mask?


Happy 83rd birthday to Pat Studstill
Born June 4, 1938 in Shreveport, Louisiana
Patriot punter, 1972; uniform #2
Claimed off waivers from Rams on September 6, 1972

The Patriots signed Pat Studstill for what would be the final season of his NFL career at the age of 34. He played in all 14 games with 75 punts, averaging a career low 38.1 yards.

Over the course of his NFL career Pats Studstill led the league in an incredible 11 different single season categories. As a rookie with Detroit it was number of kick returns for a touchdown . The next season he led the NFL in punt returns, punt return yards, and average (15.8 yards per return). In '65 he led the league for the first of three times in number of punts, with 78. The following season he made the Pro Bowl for the second time, leading the league with 1,266 yards receiving. That works out to 90.4 yards a game, in an era when the rules where nowhere near as conducive to the passing game as they are now. He also tied an NFL record for the longest pass reception (99 yards), which can obviously never be broken. A year later he had an NFL-best 44.5 yards per punt, as well as the season's longest punt (78 yards).

He also would have led the league in receptions in 1966, but for a choice that is unfathomable today. Studstill was dealing with a knee injury but asked to sit the game out (Detroit was already eliminated from the playoffs) - so that he could go to the Pro Bowl! In the final week of the season Hall of Fame WR Charley Taylor had eight receptions to surpass Studstill for most catches on the year. While at the Pro Bowl, Studstill met and played for Rams coach George Allen, who traded for him the following year. Allen left to become head coach for Washington in 1972, and new Rams HC Tommy Prothro wanted Studstill to focus strictly on punting. A year later he signed with the Patriots.

Besides the fact that he had versatility (punter, punt returner, kick returner, flanker, split end and halfback) and speed (9.8 seconds in the 100-yard dash in college) that would make Bill Belichick drool, Studstill is also known for being the last NFL player to not wear a face mask.




As good as a player as he was, Pat Studstill came very close to never playing in the NFL. He was miscast by his coach at the University of Houston to play quarterback, a position he hated. The coach begrudgingly acquiesced to a request to switch to play wide receiver and punter. The coach didn't like it, and he liked the fact that Studstill then got married even less. The coach had said 'if anybody on this team gets married, I will take him off scholarship'. He benched Studstill for no on-field reason during his junior season, and played him for all of about ten minutes as a senior.

Fortunately one of the assistants put in a call to a Detroit scout. Studstill left his job working for a regional freight company and hitchhiked from Texas to Detroit for a tryout. He was recruited to be a defensive back, but wasn't very good at the position he had never before played. The Lions were impressed with his speed though, so they used him on punt and kick returns, and eventually at receiver. In his first preseason game he caught a 78 yard pass and in another he ran a kickoff back 100 yards for a touchdown. Studstill made the roster, and the rest is history.

During the offseasons in LA, Studstill worked in real estate, and while in New England he expanded his portfolio to include pensions and profit sharing plans for closely held corporations., fields that he worked in for about ten years.

Backtrack to Detroit. One of the big movies in 1968 was Paper Lion, based on George Plimpton's book about trying out for the Lions. Most of the parts were portrayed by real NFL players - including Studstill. His wife encouraged Pat to try doing more movies, or commercials. In 1981 he auditioned for a role in a Chevrolet ad, and got the part.

"They put me in a big ol' Stetson hat and a suit. I'm driving this Chevrolet Impala down some road. I look out the window, and the camera's right there, and I say, 'This is it.'​

"That TV commercial ran all year long and I made about $20,000. I said, 'This is what I want to do!'​

"Since then I've made over 300 commercials. I get a better retirement from that than I do with the NFL."​

Studstill also appeared in a few made for TV movies, single episodes on Magnum, PI and Dukes of Hazard, and worked stunts and behind the camera as a consultant on the original version of The Longest Yard.


Pat Studstill: Returning, Receiving and Punting for the Lions and Rams | The Coffin Corner









All of you who liked this post. I see you. You septuagenarians, you!
 

Pape

In the Starting Line-Up
I usually try to keep these posts Patriots-centric, but I found his story to be way too good to pass by. (I was actually just looking for a reason to keep Grissom or Garcia from being at the top of today's thread when I stumbled upon details about Pat Studstill.)


I would highly encourage anyone here to check out this piece in full; it won't take long, it's only five pages long.

Pat Studstill: Returning, Receiving and Punting for the Lions and Rams | The Coffin Corner
Im waiting for august 18th ...
 

jmt57

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A little more Pat Studstill trivia.

For most of the 1970s he was married to a woman named Sandra Will, who had bit parts in a few Hollywood movies. She is more well known for being married to Keith Carradine, a few years after she and Studstill split up. (To avoid confusion, this Carradine is not the one who starred on the television show Kung Fu and Kill Bill Volume Two. That was David Carradine, the one that died of autoerotic asphyxiation.) Keith Carradine is more well known as a musician; he wrote and performed the slow ballad 'I'm Easy' for the movie Nashville, for which he won an Oscar and Golden Globe.

Back to Sandra Will. She in turn is most well known for hiring a detective during her divorce with Carradine, and having an affair with the private eye. The detective, known as 'the Hollywood Fixer', was arrested for illegal wiretapping of Carradine, and the case snowballed into a huge story that led to arrests of members of the Beverly Hills and Los Angeles Police Departments for their roles in the scheme, including racketeering charges.
 

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Back to Sandra Will. She in turn is most well known for hiring a detective during her divorce with Carradine, and having an affair with the private eye. The detective, known as 'the Hollywood Fixer', was arrested for illegal wiretapping of Carradine, and the case snowballed into a huge story that led to arrests of members of the Beverly Hills and Los Angeles Police Departments for their roles in the scheme, including racketeering charges.
No one made a movie of that?
 

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A little more Pat Studstill trivia.

For most of the 1970s he was married to a woman named Sandra Will, who had bit parts in a few Hollywood movies. She is more well known for being married to Keith Carradine, a few years after she and Studstill split up. (To avoid confusion, this Carradine is not the one who starred on the television show Kung Fu and Kill Bill Volume Two. That was David Carradine, the one that died of autoerotic asphyxiation.) Keith Carradine is more well known as a musician; he wrote and performed the slow ballad 'I'm Easy' for the movie Nashville, for which he won an Oscar and Golden Globe.

Back to Sandra Will. She in turn is most well known for hiring a detective during her divorce with Carradine, and having an affair with the private eye. The detective, known as 'the Hollywood Fixer', was arrested for illegal wiretapping of Carradine, and the case snowballed into a huge story that led to arrests of members of the Beverly Hills and Los Angeles Police Departments for their roles in the scheme, including racketeering charges.
Keith Carradine also was in the great series DEADWOOD and was the President on Tea Leone’s TV show Madam Secretary.
 

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