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Brandon King


Happy 28th birthday to Brandon King
Born June 8, 1993 in Alabaster, Alabama
Patriot special teamer, 2015 - present; uniform #36
Signed as an undrafted rookie free agent from Auburn (via Highlands Community College) on May 9, 2015

Brandon King has overcome extreme odds to play in the NFL. He first played linebacker for two years of college at Highland Community College in podunkville Kansas. To put that in perspective when I search that on the internet, the first thing that stands out is its proximity to Casey's General Store, and the population of town is exactly 1,012. He is the latest in a long line of Patriot special team standouts that includes Bob Gladieux, Mosi Tatupu, Larry Whigham, Larry Izzo, Nate Ebner and Matthew Slater.

King was able to transfer from Highland CC to Auburn, but he never started a single game for the Tigers. He was not invited to the NFL Combine, was ranked as the 72nd prospect at safety by NFL Draft Scout, 87th by 24/7 Sports, and his only opportunity to make an impression was at Auburn's Pro Day - against nine other fellow Tigers.

His signing by the Patriots after an invitation for a tryout at rookie minicamp was considered by most to be just a camp body for others to work against in drills. Although King did not survive final training camp cuts, he was immediately signed to the practice squad. Brandon was then promoted to the 53-man roster after Bradley Fletcher was released.




In the 2015 season King appeared in 13 games, strictly on special teams. He was on the field for 267 ST snaps, which ranked third behind only Nate Ebner and Matt Slater; his 12 ST tackles ranked second for the Pats.




King followed that surprise debut up by making the week one roster in 2016. In his first four seasons he played in 57 regular season games, missing only four games due to injuries. Brandon King has developed into a special team standout, on the field for 1,083 special team snaps. He has also appeared in all 11 of New England's playoff games during those four seasons, earning two Super Bowl rings. The Patriots rewarded King's performance by re-signing him to a two-year contract extension with a $400,00 signing bonus in 2018, and then another extension that places him under contract through 2021. A quad injury he first suffered in 2019 led to his being placed on PUP at the start of training camp, and he did not play for the Patriots at all in either 2019 or 2020 due to that injury. The feel-good story about a guy that managed to make it to the NFL may be nearing an end though. With the Patriots giving special team ace Cody Davis a healthy contract this past offseason, Brandon is facing an uphill battle to make it onto the 2021 roster.


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Rommie Loudd


Happy birthday to Rommie Loudd, who would have been 88 today
Born June 8, 1933 in Madisonville, Texas
Patriot LB, 1961-1962; uniform #60
Patriot LB coach 1966-67
Director of Player Personnel, 1968-1971
Director of Pro Scouting, 1971-1973

Died May 9, 1998 at the age of 64




Loudd had been a late draft pick out of UCLA by the Niners in '56, but he never played for them; the following year he and two others were arrested, and Loudd was convicted of sexual misconduct. (That's a very polite way of saying what happened.) After time in the CFL he later played in 27 games over two seasons for the Patriots, and then became a defensive coach for the Boston Sweepers of the old Atlantic Coast Football League for two seasons. Loudd then rejoined the Pats in 1966 as their linebackers coach; he was the first African American to hold a coaching position in the AFL. Loudd then moved to the front office for six years.




Despite the lack of success of the Pats while he was an executive with the team, Loudd became part owner and general manager of the Florida Blazers of the WFL in 1974. While there he was arrested for embezzling sales tax money, and then he attempted to land an NFL franchise in Orlando. He was arrested by a federal agent posing as a potential financial backer for his football team and served three years in prison before being paroled.

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In the 1970s, Rommie Loudd believed he was going to break pro football’s racial barriers. He ended up in prison, resentful and disgraced.
 

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Allan Clark


Happy 64th birthday to Allan Clark
Born June 8, 1957 in Grand Rapids, Michigan
Patriot KR/RB, 1979-1980; uniform #35
Pats 10th round (271st overall) selection of the 1979 draft, from Northern Arizona




Allan Clark played in all 16 games his rookie season, returning 37 kicks for 816 yards and averaging 22.1 yards per return. Clark missed the first six games of 1980 with a broken thumb, but he still led the team with ten kickoff coverage tackles. Over two years had 28 carries for 140 yards (5.0 yards per carry) and three touchdowns.

Early in the 1981 training camp Clark tore ligaments in his knee, causing him to miss the entire season. With sports medicine being what it was at that time, Clark was never quite the same player. He played briefly with the Bills and Packers, but 1982 would be his final season in the NFL. Allan did make a comeback with Arizona in the USFL in 1984-85, wrapping up his pro football career.






June 8, 2015: Patriots release LB Brandon Spikes
The move came one day after Spikes' vehicle was on I-495 in the early morning with no headlights and rear ended another automobile, causing substantial damage to both cars. Spike's Mercedes was abandoned on the median strip with the driver fleeing the scene.




June 8, 2013: Pats sign TE Rob Gronkowski to a six-year contract extension, through 2019



June 8, 2004: New England re-signs Terrell Buckley
The corner had been with the team in 2001-02, but did not make it onto the 2004 roster. For more on Buckley see the June 7 entry.




Other pro football players with New England connections:

- Vince Promuto (6/8/1938-6/3/2021)
Holy Cross
Two-time Pro Bowl RG played in 130 games for Washington from 1960-1970.

- Vic Radzievitch (6/8/1903-6/1/1974)
Torrington CT native went to UConn
Vic played eight games for the 1926 Hartford Blues.

- Win Pederson (6/8/1915-1/17/1983)
tackle for the 1946 Boston Yanks
The 70th overall pick of the 1940 draft by the Giants, Windinge Christian Peterson played in the NFL for three seasons, before and after serving three years in the military in WWII.



Other notable NFL players born on this date:

- Herb Adderley (6/8/1939-10/30/2010); Hall of Fame CB for the Packers won five championships, and was named to five Pro Bowls.

- Stan Brock, 63 (6/8/1959); tackle played in 234 games over 16 seasons, mostly with the Saints, and is the brother of former Patriot OL Pete Brock.

- Whizzer White (6/8/1917-4/15/2002); tailback led the NFL in rushing in 1938 and 1940 - and went on to become a Supreme Court justice from 1962 to 1993.

- Dave Jennings (6/8/1952-6/19/2013); four time Pro Bowl punter, and the only NFL player to come out of St Lawrence University since the thirties.

- Troy Vincent, 50 (6/8/1971); despot who sold his soul to Roger Goodell.

- Buck Gavin (6/8/1891-10/14/1943); makes the list since it's such a great football name, sounding like something out of a bad Hollywood script.
 

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Brandon King


Happy 28th birthday to Brandon King
Born June 8, 1993 in Alabaster, Alabama
Patriot special teamer, 2015 - present; uniform #36
Signed as an undrafted rookie free agent from Auburn (via Highlands Community College) on May 9, 2015

Brandon King has overcome extreme odds to play in the NFL. He first played linebacker for two years of college at Highland Community College in podunkville Kansas. To put that in perspective when I search that on the internet, the first thing that stands out is its proximity to Casey's General Store, and the population of town is exactly 1,012. He is the latest in a long line of Patriot special team standouts that includes Bob Gladieux, Mosi Tatupu, Larry Whigham, Larry Izzo, Nate Ebner and Matthew Slater.

King was able to transfer from Highland CC to Auburn, but he never started a single game for the Tigers. He was not invited to the NFL Combine, was ranked as the 72nd prospect at safety by NFL Draft Scout, 87th by 24/7 Sports, and his only opportunity to make an impression was at Auburn's Pro Day - against nine other fellow Tigers.

His signing by the Patriots after an invitation for a tryout at rookie minicamp was considered by most to be just a camp body for others to work against in drills. Although King did not survive final training camp cuts, he was immediately signed to the practice squad. Brandon was then promoted to the 53-man roster after Bradley Fletcher was released.




In the 2015 season King appeared in 13 games, strictly on special teams. He was on the field for 267 ST snaps, which ranked third behind only Nate Ebner and Matt Slater; his 12 ST tackles ranked second for the Pats.




King followed that surprise debut up by making the week one roster in 2016. In his first four seasons he played in 57 regular season games, missing only four games due to injuries. Brandon King has developed into a special team standout, on the field for 1,083 special team snaps. He has also appeared in all 11 of New England's playoff games during those four seasons, earning two Super Bowl rings. The Patriots rewarded King's performance by re-signing him to a two-year contract extension with a $400,00 signing bonus in 2018, and then another extension that places him under contract through 2021. A quad injury he first suffered in 2019 led to his being placed on PUP at the start of training camp, and he did not play for the Patriots at all in either 2019 or 2020 due to that injury. The feel-good story about a guy that managed to make it to the NFL may be nearing an end though. With the Patriots giving special team ace Cody Davis a healthy contract this past offseason, Brandon is facing an uphill battle to make it onto the 2021 roster.


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