Today in Patriots History
Happy posthumous birthday to Edward 'Butch' Songin, who would have been 97 today
Born May 11, 1924 in Walpole, Massachusetts
Patriot QB, 1960-1961; uniform #11
Like many early Patriots, Butch Songin was a local guy. Born and raised in Walpole, he graduated from Walpole High School, Newman Prep School on Marlborough Street in Boston, and then four years at Boston College. In 1949 he won BC's most prestigious athletic honor, the Scanlan Award. Songin was the captain and a two-time All-American of BC's Hockey team, who were national champions in 1949. He also threw 30 touchdowns for the Eagles from '47-'49, but an injury in the college all star game resulted in a drop in his draft status to 247th overall by the Browns in the 1950 NFL draft.
Songin played minor league football for Erie in the last year of the American Association, but was unable to finish the season due to injury, and missed the championship game. During the fifties Songin played for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in what would later become the CFL, as well as some minor league hockey.
Butch Songin, Boston Patriots QB Played in the first AFL Game and for the Eastern Hockey League Worcester Warriors
At age 36 Songin was the starting QB for the Boston Patriots in what was the first ever American Football League game. He appeared in all 28 games over the first two seasons in franchise history for the Pats, starting 18 games until Babe Parilli arrived and took over. During that time Butch threw 26 touchdown passes, and ran for two more. In both seasons Songin led the AFL with the lowest interception percentage.
On October 13, 1961 Songin led the Pats to a 4th quarter comeback against the defending champion Houston Oilers, capped by a touchdown pass to Gino Cappelletti. Two weeks later Songin rallied the Pats for another come from behind victory. This time it was an 18-17 battle over Hank Stram's Dallas Texans, with a 4th quarter touchdown pass and two point conversion, and then the final drive that set up a game-winning field goal by Cappelletti.
Songin was also coaching football and hockey at what was then a practically brand new Marian High School in Framingham - at the same time that he was playing for the Patriots. He simply loved sports, still playing minor league football for the Quincy Giants of the Atlantic Coast Football League at the age of 45 in 1969. Butch Songin passed away on May 26, 1976 at age of 52 in Foxborough, from cancer.
Edward Songin (1970) - Varsity Club Hall of Fame - Boston College Athletics