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John Charles
Born May 9, 1944 in Newark, NJ
Patriot CB/S, 1967-1969; uniform #25
Died June 6, 2019 at the age of 75; would have been 77 today
Pats 1st round (21st overall) selection of the 1967 NFL draft, from Purdue





John Charles played corner with the 1967 Patriots before moving to safety for the next two seasons. He appeared in 39 games with 34 starts for the Pats, with six interceptions and two fumble recoveries. Charles also has two interceptions that were returned for touchdowns - both off Joe Namath and the Jets. John Charles was part of the forgettable trade that sent him to Minnesota in exchange for Joe Kapp. After his three years with the Pats Charles went on to play five more years in the NFL, mostly with the Houston Oilers. He finished his pro football career with 79 games played and16 interceptions.

Purdue Intercollegiate Athletics Hall of Fame - Class of 2015

John Charles, a three-year letter-winner (1964-66), played football for Hall of Fame head coach Jack Mollenkopf as a defensive back, garnering first team All-America honors his senior year and earning Most Valuable Player accolades at the 1967 Rose Bowl. Purdue went 22-7-1 during his three-year career. Charles was selected in the first round of the National Football League Draft (21st overall) by the Boston Patriots in 1967 and played for them for three years. He went on to play for the Minnesota Vikings (1970) and Houston Oilers (1971-74). Charles was known for his tenacity and aggressiveness on the field and was tabbed as "the best defensive back I've ever coached" by his Purdue position coach, Bernie Miller.

 

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Tom Yewcic
Born May 9, 1932 in Conemaugh, PA
Patriot P/QB/HB/FL, 1961-1966; uniform #14
Died Oct 20, 2020 at the age of 88 in Arlington
Signed as a free agent on January 21, 1961

Tom Yewcic was a late (319th) draft pick by the Steelers in 1954, but chose instead to play baseball. He was the MVP of the 1954 college world series and signed with the Detroit Tigers. Yewcic was in Detroit's minor league system through 1959, only making it to the big leagues for three innings of one game in 1957 before switching to football. Trivia #1: Tom Yewcic is the only person to appear in two professional sports at Fenway Park: his one MLB game against the Red Sox in '57, and later with the Pats from '63-'66.




For six seasons Yewcic was a punter and backup QB for the Pats. He was also occasionally used at halfback, and at flanker in 1961. Over his career he ran (72 times for 424 yards, 4 TD, 5.9 ypc) almost as often as he passed (87 completions, 12 TD). His 377 punts ranks second in franchise history.

Trivia #2: Tom Yewcic is the only Patriot besides Tom Brady to have punted, caught a pass, thrown a touchdown pass and rushed for a touchdown. Yewcic had a 46 yard reception in a 46-17 1961 victory over Denver, and his 90 yards rushing helped down the New York Titans at BU Field in '62.

Trivia #3: Yewcic holds the franchise record for longest run by a punter, a 20-yard gain against the Raiders at Nickerson Field in '62.

Tom Yewcic is also a member of the Patriots All-Decade Team of the 1960s as their punter. After retiring he worked with the Patriots until 1981 as a coach and a scout. Yewcic then transitioned to commercial business, selling medical supplies to doctors and hospitals.

Tom Yewcic: Former Football and Baseball All-American | MSU Athletics

Pittsburgh Steeler fans have the "Immaculate Reception."
Boston College faithful remember Doug Flutie's "Hail Mary."
In East Lansing, Michigan State followers revel in the thought of the "Transcontinental Pass."
It was 1951; the Spartans were down 20-17 to Big Ten powerhouse Ohio State. In the closing minutes, legendary coach Biggie Munn called for their secret play.
Michigan State broke the huddle and lined up in their familiar wing T formation. The ball was snapped directly to the fullback and pitched to the right halfback. The halfback, running as though the play would be a sweep pulled up and threw the ball clear across the field to the quarterback who was streaking down the sidelines.
Touchdown! Spartans win! 24-20!
That halfback was Tom Yewcic and that play will forever be known as the "Transcontinental Pass."


Trivia #4: Yewcic is not just the only player to win a Rose Bowl and also be named the College World Series Most Valuable Player - he accomplished that feat in the same year.


Tom Yewcic: 2013 Michigan State Baseball Distinguished Alumnus of the Year

One of the most decorated Spartans in school history, Yewcic was the starting quarterback in 1952 and 1953, leading the Spartans to an undefeated national championship in '52 and the program's first-ever Big Ten Championship and Rose Bowl victory during the '53 season. In the spring of 1954, the first-team All-American catcher helped the baseball team win its first Big Ten title and advance to the College World Series.





More good info on Tom Yewcic below:

Tom Yewcic - Patriots Alumni

2/4/2008 - Catching Up With Tom Yewcic | masslive.com

He played six seasons for the Boston Patriots and is considered one of the greatest punters in the team's history.

A versatile athlete, Tom Yewcic sits behind only Rich Camarillo on the New England Patriots all-time list in punts (378) and punt yardage (14,553). He held the league record for most yards kicked in one game. Yewcic played for the Patriots from 1961-1966, and he did much more than punting. He also played quarterback and threw for 1,374 yards and 12 touchdowns over his six-year career.

"It was a little different then than it is today," said Yewcic. "Today you are talking about a 53-man roster and talking specialization as far as centers, punters and kickers. When I was playing it was only a 32-man roster.

"With a 32-man roster, you had to play more than one position in order to make the team. I was really a halfback coming out of high school, but when I went to Michigan State they converted me over to quarterback. It wasn't a big adjustment."
 

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Happy 73rd birthday to Willie Germany
Born May 9, 1948 in Columbus, Georgia
Patriot safety, 1976; uniform #29
Acquired in a trade with the Houston Oilers on Sept 24, 1976 for a '77 6th round draft pick

Willie Germany appeared in ten games for the Patriots in 1976 as a backup and special teamer. One year earlier he had started for Houston in the season opening game at Foxboro. That game was played in a torrential downpour, and Germany scored the only touchdown of the day, on a fumble return as the Oilers defeated the Pats 7-0.

Germany also had a role in one of the most famous (infamous?) games in Patriot franchise history. He teamed with Dick Conn to successfully defend a desperation pass thrown by Ken Stabler that momentarily appeared to clinch a Pats victory over Oakland in the '76 playoff game. While Patriot fans and players celebrated, Ben Dreith belatedly threw a flag on Ray Hamilton for a blatantly bogus roughing the passer penalty, and the rest is history...






Happy 33rd birthday to Ras-I-Dowling
Born May 9, 1988 in Chesapeake, Virginia
Patriot safety, 2011-2012; uniform #21
Pats 2nd round (33rd overall) selection of the 2011 draft, from Virginia

Many eyebrows were raised when the Patriots drafted Dowling so early, and in this case the armchair gm's were correct. Dowling injured his hip in week 2 of his rookie season and landed on IR, and then was placed on IR again in October of 2012 with a torn thigh muscle. He was part of roster cuts in August of 2013; his final stat line with the Patriots reads 9 games, 2 starts, 1 pass defensed, 11 combined tackles (8 plus 3 assists).

Since then he has been on the practice squads of the Jets (of course), Raiders and Panthers, but has not been with any team since the end of 2015. His final NFL stat line reads 12 games (2 starts), 0 interceptions, 0 forced fumbles, 0 fumble recoveries, 1 pass defensed, 11 tackles (8 solo) and 1 tackle for a loss.






Happy 27th birthday to Derek Rivers
Born May 9, 1994 in Augusta, Maine
Patriot DE, 2017-present; uniform #95
Pats 3rd round (83rd overall) selection of the 2017 draft; from Youngstown State

The Patriots have not yet had much production from Rivers. In his rookie training camp he tore his ACL, and spent all of 2017 rehabbing while on Injured Reserve. Rivers was a healthy scratch for ten games in 2018, accruing a stat line in just two regular season games. In the six games he was not inactive Rivers had two tackles, two quarterback hits, one tackle for a loss and one sack. He was on the field for 78 defensive snaps and three special team snaps last year. Rivers did play in the divisional round game against the Chargers but did not see the field in the AFCCG versus the Chiefs, and was inactive for the Super Bowl versus the Rams.

Derek Rivers | Patriots.com






Happy 44th birthday to Wilbert Brown
Born May 9, 1977 in Texarkana, Texas
Patriot G, 2003-2004; uniform #60

The Patriots claimed the former Skin off waivers heading up to the Pats week 4 game at Washington, leading some to conclude it was for espionage. If that was indeed the purpose it certainly did not work, although the loss to Steve Spurrier's club was the final loss for the Patriots that season.

Brown was usually a game day inactive and only appeared in one game for the Pats in 2003. He was excused from the start of training camp in 2004 for personal reasons, and then placed on the Reserve/Did Not Report List on August 4. Brown was part of a group of players that was released in February 2005 just prior to the start of free agency.





Happy 62nd birthday to Chy Davidson
May 9, 1959 in Queens Village, New York
Patriot WR, 1981 (off season); uniform #88
Pats 11th round (2nd overall) selection in the 1981 supplemental draft, from URI

The Pats took a flyer on the former Rhode Island Ram, but he was cut at the end of training camp. Davidson later appeared in four games for the Jets in '84-'85, and prior to that spent time with both the NFL and USFL teams in Washington.





May 9, 2019: Patriots sign TE Ben Watson to a one-year, $3 million contract.




Other pro football players born on this date with New England area connections:
- Art Dorfman (5/9/1908): Everett HS, Boston University; C for 1929 Buffalo Bisons.
- Doc Haggerty (5/9/1895); Nashua HS, Tufts; APFA guard, 1920-21.
- Rob Porter (5/9/1962); Holy Cross; Giants safety during '87 strike/replacement games.
 

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Happy 73rd birthday to Willie Germany
Born May 9, 1948 in Columbus, Georgia
Patriot safety, 1976; uniform #29
Acquired in a trade with the Houston Oilers on Sept 24, 1976 for a '77 6th round draft pick

Willie Germany appeared in ten games for the Patriots in 1976 as a backup and special teamer. One year earlier he had started for Houston in the season opening game at Foxboro. That game was played in a torrential downpour, and Germany scored the only touchdown of the day, on a fumble return as the Oilers defeated the Pats 7-0.

Germany also had a role in one of the most famous (infamous?) games in Patriot franchise history. He teamed with Dick Conn to successfully defend a desperation pass thrown by Ken Stabler that momentarily appeared to clinch a Pats victory over Oakland in the '76 playoff game. While Patriot fans and players celebrated, Ben Dreith belatedly threw a flag on Ray Hamilton for a blatantly bogus roughing the passer penalty, and the rest is history...






Happy 33rd birthday to Ras-I-Dowling
Born May 9, 1988 in Chesapeake, Virginia
Patriot safety, 2011-2012; uniform #21
Pats 2nd round (33rd overall) selection of the 2011 draft, from Virginia

Many eyebrows were raised when the Patriots drafted Dowling so early, and in this case the armchair gm's were correct. Dowling injured his hip in week 2 of his rookie season and landed on IR, and then was placed on IR again in October of 2012 with a torn thigh muscle. He was part of roster cuts in August of 2013; his final stat line with the Patriots reads 9 games, 2 starts, 1 pass defensed, 11 combined tackles (8 plus 3 assists).

Since then he has been on the practice squads of the Jets (of course), Raiders and Panthers, but has not been with any team since the end of 2015. His final NFL stat line reads 12 games (2 starts), 0 interceptions, 0 forced fumbles, 0 fumble recoveries, 1 pass defensed, 11 tackles (8 solo) and 1 tackle for a loss.






Happy 27th birthday to Derek Rivers
Born May 9, 1994 in Augusta, Maine
Patriot DE, 2017-present; uniform #95
Pats 3rd round (83rd overall) selection of the 2017 draft; from Youngstown State

The Patriots have not yet had much production from Rivers. In his rookie training camp he tore his ACL, and spent all of 2017 rehabbing while on Injured Reserve. Rivers was a healthy scratch for ten games in 2018, accruing a stat line in just two regular season games. In the six games he was not inactive Rivers had two tackles, two quarterback hits, one tackle for a loss and one sack. He was on the field for 78 defensive snaps and three special team snaps last year. Rivers did play in the divisional round game against the Chargers but did not see the field in the AFCCG versus the Chiefs, and was inactive for the Super Bowl versus the Rams.

Derek Rivers | Patriots.com






Happy 44th birthday to Wilbert Brown
Born May 9, 1977 in Texarkana, Texas
Patriot G, 2003-2004; uniform #60

The Patriots claimed the former Skin off waivers heading up to the Pats week 4 game at Washington, leading some to conclude it was for espionage. If that was indeed the purpose it certainly did not work, although the loss to Steve Spurrier's club was the final loss for the Patriots that season.

Brown was usually a game day inactive and only appeared in one game for the Pats in 2003. He was excused from the start of training camp in 2004 for personal reasons, and then placed on the Reserve/Did Not Report List on August 4. Brown was part of a group of players that was released in February 2005 just prior to the start of free agency.





Happy 62nd birthday to Chy Davidson
May 9, 1959 in Queens Village, New York
Patriot WR, 1981 (off season); uniform #88
Pats 11th round (2nd overall) selection in the 1981 supplemental draft, from URI

The Pats took a flyer on the former Rhode Island Ram, but he was cut at the end of training camp. Davidson later appeared in four games for the Jets in '84-'85, and prior to that spent time with both the NFL and USFL teams in Washington.





Other pro football players born on this date with New England area connections:
- Art Dorfman (5/9/1908): Everett HS, Boston University; C for 1929 Buffalo Bisons.
- Doc Haggerty (5/9/1895); Nashua HS, Tufts; APFA guard, 1920-21.
- Rob Porter (5/9/1962); Holy Cross; Giants safety during '87 strike/replacement games.

I'm gonna pretend I didn't see the 2nd & 3rd dudes here...Especially the 2nd one...
 

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