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Happy 43rd birthday to Lewis Sanders
Born June 22, 1978 in Staten Island, NY
Patriot CB/S, 2008; uniform #29
Signed as an unrestricted veteran free agent on March 6, 2008

After five seasons with the Browns, two in Houston, one in Atlanta plus an offseason in Jacksonville, the Pats signed the well traveled 30 year old veteran as a free agent early in the 2008 free agency period. The Patriots had been burnt the previous season by their lack of height at cornerback, and at 6'1 Lewis Sanders was envisioned to be a nickel back that could be used against taller receivers.



San Diego Chargers WR Vincent Jackson #83 can't hang onto the ball, as teammate Legedu Naanee #11 looks on.
Defending the play for the Patriots were Brandon Meriweather #31, Ellis Hobbs #27 and Lewis Sanders #29. October 12, 2008 at Qualcomm Stadium.


Lewis Sanders appeared in ten games for the Pats with four starts, two at corner and two at safety. Other than Ellis Hobbs, the 2008 CB position (Deltha O'Neal, Jonathan Wilhite, Terrence Wheatley) was rather mediocre for the Pats. Sanders (not to be confused with teammate James Sanders, who was also a defensive back) was not offered a contract the following off season as the Patriots attempted to upgrade the position (with various results) in 2009 by signing Leigh Bodden and Shawn Springs. He had a workout with Kansas City but did not sign with the Chiefs, and 2008 was Sanders' last year in the pro football. He finished his NFL career with 98 games played and 29 starts, five interceptions and three fumble recoveries.

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Happy 56th birthday to Steve Johnson
Born June 22, 1965 in Huntsville, Alabama
Patriot TE, 1988-1989; uniform #85
Pats 6th round (154th overall) selection of the 1988 draft, from Virginia Tech

In his rookie season Steve Johnson appeared in 14 games, with three starts. He had one catch for five yards, and registered seven tackles on special teams. Johnson signed with Dallas as a free agent in 1990 but a preseason knee injury led to his premature retirement. Steve Johnson became a very successful commercial developer in Bristol, Virginia, and the Virginia Tech practice football field is named after him.

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TE Steve Johnson's final year at Va Tech was also Frank Beamer's first year as head coach


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Happy 51st birthday to David Frisch
Born June 22, 1970 in Kirkwood, Missouri
Patriot TE, 1995; uniform #88
Signed as a free agent on October 25, 1995

After spending his college years at Iowa Central. Missouri and Colorado State, the Bengals signed David Frisch as an undrafted rookie in 1993. He spent two seasons with Cincinnati, appearing in 27 games with two starts. At 6'7, 260 pounds, Frisch was essentially an extra tackle on the line; he had only nine receptions in the NFL, six coming in his rookie season. David was a healthy scratch for six of his eight weeks in New England, appearing in only two games for the Patriots; his only stat was an eight-yard kickoff return. Frisch signed with Minnesota in the following off season, and finished his career with Washington.


In 2008 he was arrested for weed after an odd (but loud) post-midnight rabbit hunt:




Happy 32nd birthday to Ryan Lindley
Born June 22, 1989 in San Diego
Patriot QB, 2015 off season; uniform #7
Signed as an unrestricted free agent on August 10, 2015

Ryan Lindley was originally a sixth round draft pick by Arizona in 2014, from San Diego State. He was thrust into a starting role late in his rookie season after Carson Palmer and Drew Stanton were both injured. His performance went about as well as one would expect for an inexperienced player that was intended to be a redshirt, long term project; it did not exactly result in potential suitors outbidding one another for his services. In the final two regular season games Lindley completed fewer than 50% of his passes, and the Cardinals lost both games. Then in a 27-16 playoff loss to Carolina he went 16-28 for just 82 yards, with one touchdown, two interceptions and four sacks.

Lindley was brought in as a camp arm three days prior to the first preseason game, after Matt Flynn was unable to get off the Non Football Injury list and pass a physical. He was also seen as insurance in case Tom Brady was unable to play due to Roger Goodell's witch hunt.

Lindley's only playing time with the Pats was when he was the team's only QB in the final 2015 preseason game, going 22-45 for 253 yards with no touchdowns and one pick. With Brady by that point being assured of being able to play in 2015, there was no longer any need to retain Lindley, and he was one of ten players waived on September 4. Lindley joined the Colts late in 2015 after Andrew Luck was injured, and then his agent hired him to tutor Carson Wentz and Jared Goff in preparation for the 2016 draft. Lindley finished his playing career the following year with Ottawa in the CFL.





After that Lindley spent two seasons as an assistant at San Diego State, was hired in 2018 as the running backs coach for the Browns in midseason when openings were created after Hue Jackson and Todd Haley were fired. The following year he was promoted to Cleveland's quarterbacks coach, but the entire staff was let go when Freddie Kitchens was also fired at the end of the 2019 season. Lindley is now an offensive analyst at the University of Utah. His career NFL stat line reads 1-5 in six starts with 51.1% of 274 passes completed, averaging 5.0 yards per attempt with three touchdowns and 11 interceptions for a 52.4 passer rating. Incredibly, Lindley's CFL stats are even worse. Didn't Baker Mayfield deserve better tutelage than that?







Other notable pro football players born on June 22:
- Champ Bailey, 43; Hall of Fame, 12-time Pro Bowl CB led the NFL with 10 interceptions in 2006 - but the game-changing play the previous year should have been ruled a touchback.

- Kurt Warner, 50; does 3½ very good seasons merit entrance to the Hall of Fame?

- Eric Green, 54; Pro Bowl TE for the Steelers in the nineties.

- Mark Royals, 56; averaged 42.1 yards on his 1,116 punts for eight different teams.

- Bobby Douglass, 74; left handed QB for the Bears in the seventies.

- Mike Wagner, 72; safety won four rings with the Steelers.
 

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Happy 43rd birthday to Lewis Sanders
Born June 22, 1978 in Staten Island, NY
Patriot CB/S, 2008; uniform #29
Signed as an unrestricted veteran free agent on March 6, 2008

After five seasons with the Browns, two in Houston, one in Atlanta plus an offseason in Jacksonville, the Pats signed the well traveled 30 year old veteran as a free agent early in the 2008 free agency period. The Patriots had been burnt the previous season by their lack of height at cornerback, and at 6'1 Lewis Sanders was envisioned to be a nickel back that could be used against taller receivers.



San Diego Chargers WR Vincent Jackson #83 can't hang onto the ball, as teammate Legedu Naanee #11 looks on.
Defending the play for the Patriots were Brandon Meriweather #31, Ellis Hobbs #27 and Lewis Sanders #29. October 12, 2008 at Qualcomm Stadium.


Lewis Sanders appeared in ten games for the Pats with four starts, two at corner and two at safety. Other than Ellis Hobbs, the 2008 CB position (Deltha O'Neal, Jonathan Wilhite, Terrence Wheatley) was rather mediocre for the Pats. Sanders (not to be confused with teammate James Sanders, who was also a defensive back) was not offered a contract the following off season as the Patriots attempted to upgrade the position (with various results) in 2009 by signing Leigh Bodden and Shawn Springs. He had a workout with Kansas City but did not sign with the Chiefs, and 2008 was Sanders' last year in the pro football. He finished his NFL career with 98 games played and 29 starts, five interceptions and three fumble recoveries.

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I liked Sanders during the 2000 draft process, and thought he was a good depth signing...Unfortunately, the 2008 draft provided Less Than Zero help at CB here, so he had to play a larger role than was likely anticipated.

I was a little surprised that he never latched-on with another team again; but sometimes when a CB hits 30...
 

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