Today in Patriots History April 7 Birthdays Happy 47th birthday to Lovett Purnell Born April 7, 1972 in Seaford, Delaware Patriot TE, 1996-1998; uniform #48, #85 Pats 7th round (216th overall) selection of the 1996 draft, from West Virginia Purnell played in 34 games with seven starts over three seasons with the Pats. He had five touchdowns on 19 catches for 159 yards, averaging 8.4 yards per catch. He also had two receptions in three playoff games with the Patriots. In 2007 Purnell was inducted to the Delaware Sports Museum and Hall of Fame. Happy 29th birthday to Tim Wright Born April 7, 1990 in Wall Township, New Jersey Patriot TE, 2014; uniform #81 Wright is most well known for being the player that the Patriots received when Logan Mankins was traded to Tampa. Overlooked at the time was the fact that New England also received a 4th round draft pick, which turned out to pay better dividends: that was used to select Trey Flowers. Tim Wright had six touchdown receptions with the Pats in 2014, appearing in all 16 games with 8 starts. He had 26 receptions for 259 yards (10.0 ypc), but was waived prior to the start of training camp the following year. The Bucs re-signed Wright, then traded him to Detroit prior to week one in 2015. He didn't do much with the Lions (9 receptions for 77 yards and 2 TD) in '15, and spent 2016 on IR. KC signed him in 2018, but he did not make the 53-man roster. His career NFL stat line is 907 yards on 89 receptions, with 16 touchdowns in 41 games. He also has a ring from the Pats Super Bowl victory over Seattle. Happy 80th birthday to Bob Suci Born April 7, 1993 in Flint, Michigan Died 12/21/15 in Grand Blanc, MI Patriot CB/PR, 1963; uniform #21 Suci spent four seasons in the AFL with the Oilers and Patriots, but unfortunately a knee injury cut his career short. In 1963 he appeared in all 14 games for the Patriots, averaging 9.3 yards on 25 punt returns and 21.2 yards on 17 kickoff returns. That same year Suci led the AFL in pick-sixes (2) and interception return yardage (277). Suci was in on nine turnovers for that Patriot defense, with seven interceptions and two fumble recoveries. The Pats ranked first in yards allowed and second in points allowed that year, claimed the franchise's first title (AFL East) and playoff victory in a 26-8 victory at Buffalo. Legend of former Michigan State, AFL player Bob Suci still lives on after death Greater Flint Area Sports Hall of Fame Happy 69th birthday to Kenny Price Born April 7, 1950 in Houston Patriot LB, 1971; uniform #54 Price appeared in just one game with the Patriots. On December 19, 1971 John Mazur's squad upset John Unitas and the Baltimore Colts 21-17. The winning points came on an 88-yard 4th quarter touchdown pass from Jim Plunkett to Randy Vataha; that was the second Plunkett-to-Vataha TD connection of the day. That was the final regular season game in '71, with the Pats finishing 6-8: a four-win improvement over the previous season. It was also Kenny Price's one and only NFL game. Happy 29th birthday to Jemea Thomas Born April 7, 1990 in Fitzgerald, Georgia Patriot CB, 2014; uniform #21 Pats 6th round (206th overall) selection of the 2014 draft, from Georgia Tech Patriots Found Upside in Georgia Tech Do-It-All Jemea Thomas | NEPatriotsDraft.com 8/26/14: Patriots Cut Six, Including Sixth-Round Pick Jemea Thomas | NESN The New England Patriots already cut ties with a 2014 sixth-round draft pick, cornerback Jemea Thomas. The Patriots whittled down their roster to 75 players Tuesday by waiving Thomas, defensive lineman Ben Bass, defensive back Travis Hawkins, wide receivers Derrick Johnson and Wilson Van Hooser and linebacker Deontae Skinner. The Patriots also placed running back Tyler Gaffney and linebacker Cameron Gordon on injured reserve. Thomas was picked up by the Cowboys, and then the Rams and Titans. He appeared in 28 special team snaps over two games in 2014, one each with St. Louis and Tennessee. he has not played any pro football since being cut by the Titans at the end of training camp in 2015.