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Happy 54th birthday to Michael Timpson
Born June 6, 1967 in Baxley, Georgia
Patriot WR, 1989-1994; uniform #45 and #83
Pats 4th round (100th overall) pick in the 1989 draft, from Penn State

Michael Timpson was a high school and college track star, setting many school records at both levels. He won a high school track national championship in the 110-meter high hurdles with a time of 13.40 seconds, and still holds six school records at Penn State. Timpson also came close to representing the US on the track team for the 1992 Olympics.

Timpson played in 70 games over six seasons with the Pats, catching 172 passes for 2,472 yards and eight touchdowns. His final year with the Pats was his best, with 74 receptions for 941 yards. Timpson was also one of the players fined in the Lisa Olson incident. After leaving New England he played three more NFL seasons, and is now a high school athletic director in central Florida.



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Happy 56th birthday to Jamie Morris
Born June 6, 1965 in Southern Pines, North Carolina
Patriot KR/RB, 1990; uniform #24
Signed as a free agent (formerly with Washington) on March 31, 1990

The brother of Giants RB Joe Morris grew up in Ayer MA, and was a 4th round pick by Washington in '89. He played in five games for the Pats, with 11 kick returns plus two rushes for four yards. Over three NFL seasons Jamie scored four touchdowns, with 1,460 all purpose yards.

Happy 41st birthday to Gene Mruczkowski
Born June 6, 1980 in Cleveland, Ohio
Patriot G/C, 2003-2006, 2008; uniform #64

Signed as an undrafted rookie free agent on May 16, 2003

The Purdue alum went undrafted and spent 2003 on IR. Between a half dozen releases and re-signings he appeared in 18 games for the Patriots, then spent 2007 with the Dolphins. The Pats re-signed him in June of 2008 but he then retired at the start of training camp. These days he is back in his hometown of Cleveland working as a sales rep for Arthrex, a medical device manufacturing company.

Happy 32nd birthday to Cody Davis
Born June 6, 1989 in Stephenville, Texas
Patriot S, 2020-; uniform #22
Signed as a veteran free agent on March 23, 2020 (jaguars) to a 1-year, $1.5 million contract

With the exception of 2016-2017 with the Rams, Cody Davis has been virtually exclusively a special teams player. Last year he was in on 256 ST snaps (65%), while getting on the field for only one defensive snap. Davis has played in 110 NFL games over eight NFL seasons for the Rams, Jaguars and Patriots, with five starts. On March 19, 2021 New England re-signed Cody to a two-year contract with $2.1 million guaranteed.

Happy posthumous birthday to Tom Dimitroff, who would have been 86 today
Born June 6, 1935 in Barberton, Ohio
Patriot QB, 1960; uniform #15
Died January 20, 1996 at the age of 60

The senior Dimitroff is the father of the namesake former Patriot director of college scouting (2003-07) and Atlanta Falcon general manager (2008-20). The elder Tom Dimitroff played for the Ottawa Rough Riders in the CFL for two seasons and came out of retirement to play in the AFL, appearing in a few games with the Patriots. Tom Sr. later spent 18 seasons as a coach, executive and scout, including 1987-96 as a scout for the Cleveland Browns.

Happy 47th birthday to Rico Clark
Born June 6, 1974 in Atlanta
Patriot CB, 1999; uniform #39

[i[Signed as a veteran free agent on December 29, 1999[/i]

Rico Clark appeared in only one game with the Patriots, a 20-3 week 17 victory over Baltimore. Over three NFL seasons he played in 29 games: 20 for the Colts (1997-98), eight for the Bengals (1999) and one for the Pats. He is credited with two interceptions and three kickoff returns. Rico also played for Amsterdam in NFL Europe in the summer of 2000, and for the Memphis Maniax of the XFL in 2001.

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

Mike Croel, 52 (June 6, 1969)
Lincoln-Sudbury High School
The linebacker was the fourth overall pick in the 1991 draft by Denver, and played in 102 games over seven seasons in the NFL.

Stu Clancy (June 6, 1965)
Branford CT native and Holy Cross alum
The tailback spent six seasons in the NFL in the thirties.
Branford Sports Hall of Fame | Stu Clancy

Mark Carlson, 58 (June 6, 1963)
Born in Milford CT; went to the Morgan School in Clinton CT; Boston University, and then Southern Connecticut State
Mark Carlson was an OT for Washington during the 1987 replacement games. He is now a high school coach in North Carolina.

Jack Peavey, 58 (June 6, 1963)
Born in Attleboro; grew up in Foxboro; went to Springfield College and then Troy State.
Peavey was on the Pats practice squad in '85 and played in the three replacement games for Denver in '87.
Jack then went on to spend more than twenty years at various levels coaching high school and college football. He was the head coach at Bishop Feehan High Scholl in Attleboro (2000-03), guiding the Shamrocks to the state finals in each of those four years, with three state championships.

Les Murdock, 80 (June 6, 1941)
Born in Boston
The kicker of (no relation to Roger Murdock) played four games with the Giants in 1967, and also played semi pro football with New Bedford of the Atlantic Coast Football League.

Milt Rehnquist (1892-1971)
A lineman from the early days of pro football, Milt had an 11-year NFL career, which was quite lengthy back in those days. He played from 1928-1931 for Providence, and finished his career the following season at the age of 35 with the Boston Braves. Rehnquist was named All-Pro at center in 1929 for the Steam Roller.

Other NFL players born on June 6 include:
- Bobby Mitchell (1935-2020); Hall of Fame WR/HB/KR for Cleveland and Washington.
- Dave Grayson, (1939-2017); great AFL CB for the Chiefs and Raiders had 48 interceptions.
- Olindo Mare, 48; Dolphins kicker scored 1,555 points over 16 seasons.
- DeAndre Hopkins, 29; wide receiver now has over 10,000 yards receiving.


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Timpson was probably the first free agent loss that ever really registered with me. Still being new to the ins and outs of the idea of free agency, I remember being fairly devastated. He had had a really good year with the first really good Patriots team I could remember (I was too young to remember the mid-80s teams very well).