Today in Patriots History Other April 11 birthdays Aside from Houston Antwine there are five other April 11 Patriot birthdays. Happy birthday to Justin Canale Born April 11, 1943 in Memphis Died October 11, 2011 at age 68 Patriot G/K, 1965-68; uniform #63 Pats sixth round (47th overall) selection in the 1965 draft, from Mississippi State Canale appeared in all 56 games during his four years with the Patriots, and was the starting LG in '68. He later played for the Bengals, then five years in the CFL and three seasons in the WFL. His brother Whit was a Patriot DE in '68, making them the first of four Pats brother-tandems. In '66 Canale kicked 21 touchbacks, a team record that would stand until 2010. Ode to Justin Canale: A Gentle Giant of Sport is Dead Happy 70th birthday to Tom Reynolds Born April 11, 1949 in Pasadena, CA Patriot WR, 1972; uniform #21 Pats 2nd round (49th overall) selection of the 1972 draft, from San Diego State The 6'3, 200 lb receiver was in Foxboro for only one season, appearing in twelve games with just eight receptions for 152 yards and two TD. In 1973 Chuck Fairbanks took over, and he jettisoned Reynolds after drafting Darryl Stingley. Reynolds lasted just one more season in the NFL, with seven receptions in nine games for the Bears in '73. Happy 53rd birthday to David Richards Born April 11, 1966 in Staten Island, NY Patriot G/T, 1996; uniform #62 Richards was an 8-year NFL starting offensive lineman with San Diego, Detroit and Atlanta before being picked up by the Pats in his final pro football season. He is one of several players who sued the NFL over 'Plan B' free agency, winning the largest settlement from that group. He now works in commercial real estate in Dallas, with high school road trips a distant memory. Happy 45th birthday to Dietrich Jells Born April 11, 1972 in New York City Patriot WR, 1996-97; uniform #83 Jells was drafted late by KC in '96, and the Patriots picked him up after he was cut before the season began by the Chiefs. In two seasons with New England Jells appeared in 18 games, mostly on special teams. The former Pitt Panther had two receptions for 14 yards with the Pats, and was then traded to Philadelphia for a 7th round 2000 pick. That pick was eventually part of a trade with Detroit that resulted in the Pats drafting Matt Light. Jells finished his NFL career with 14 receptions for 247 yards and two touchdowns in 41 games played over four seasons. Happy 30th birthday to Donald Brown Born April 11, 1987 in Atlantic Highlands, NJ Patriot RB, 2016 offseason; uniform #34 Brown was a first round (27th overall) selection out of UConn by the Colts in 2009. He spent five seasons with Indy and two with San Diego prior to signing with the Patriots. His final season with the Colts was his best, averaging 5.3 yards per carry and a total of 8 touchdowns and 751 yards from scrimmage. He was signed by the Patriots in March of 2016 to a $965,000 contract with $300,000 guaranteed. The Pats released Brown on August 23, 2016, and he never caught on with another team after that. He finished his NFL career with 3,895 yards from scrimmage and 20 touchdowns in 88 games played.