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  1. jmt57

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    A couple of draft busts

    Happy 42nd birthday to Adrian Klemm
    Born May 21, 1977 in Inglewood, CA
    Patriot OL, 2000-2004; uniform #70
    Pats 2nd round (46th overall) selection of the 2000 draft, from Hawaii

    Q: Who was the first player drafted by GM/HC Bill Belichick?
    A: Adrian Klemm


    Klemm began his rookie season on PUP, then was able to play five games (with four starts). After spending the entire 2001 season on IR, he did play in every 2002 game - as a backup, with three starts. In 2003 Klemm played in three games, then two in '04 before going on IR. Four seasons, 26 games with ten starts. After that it was one season with the Packers, and his pro football career was over.

    The collection of three super bowl rings was put to good use though. Klemm used that as a talking point after being hired by June Jones as a coach at SMU, and he became one of the nation's top college recruiters. Klemm moved on to UCLA with similar recruiting success, though it should be pointed out that his tactics resulted in an NCAA infraction - and his offensive line that was one of the team's biggest weaknesses.


    Klemm has recently been hired as an offensive line coach for the Steelers. It is interesting to note how the Pittsburgh papers portray Klemm as being a player that who won three Super Bowls with the Patriots - even though he never dressed for a single playoff game.

    Klemm said, “The Super Bowl rings definitely open some doors. The kids don’t always know, but the coaches who follow football know my background. It shouldn’t be like this, but what I say carries more weight. They perceive me to know a little more. It’s an advantage when I recruit.”

    Happy 37th birthday to Guss Scott
    Born May 21, 1982 in Jacksonville, FL
    Patriot safety, 2004-2006; uniform #29
    Pats 3rd round (95th overall) selection of the 2004 draft, from Florida

    Scott suffered a knee injury as a rookie in a 2004 preseason game against the Bengals. Perhaps that was the root cause of what was a very inauspicious pro football career. After spending all of of '04 on IR, the former Gator was on the field for just five games with two starts in '05, after Rodney Harrison went on IR.


    The Patriots released Scott as part of final roster cuts on September 2, 2006. That season Scott played in five games with the Texans, and also spent time on the practice squads of the Jets and Dolphins. The Pats re-signed Scott to their own practice squad on December 12, then released him again a week later. He played in 11 NFL games (six with the Patriots, and collected a ring from Super Bowl 39.

    3/29/2006 - Patriots Re-sign S Guss Scott |

    Scott, 23, was originally drafted by the Patriots in the third round (95th overall) of the 2004 NFL Draft after earning all-conference honors as a senior at Florida. The 5-foot-10-inch, 205-pound defender sustained a knee injury during the preseason his rookie year and was placed on injured reserve on Aug. 30, 2004. He appeared in the first five games of the 2005 season for the Patriots, his last two as a starter, before suffering an injury that sidelined him for the remainder of the 2005 season.

    In his final appearance, he started at safety in Atlanta and finished the game tied with a team-leading seven solo tackles, including a drive stopping hit on Alge Crumpler on a third-and-two play in the third quarter of a Patriots 31-28 victory. He was placed on injured reserve on Oct. 19, 2005 after totaling 19 tackles, including 16 solos, and five special teams stops in five games.

    12/12/2006 - Patriots release WR Doug Gabriel; Sign DB Justin Phinisee and S Guss Scott to practice squad |

    Scott, 24, was drafted by the Patriots in the third round (95th overall) of the 2004 NFL Draft. The 5-foot-10-inch, 205-pound safety has played in 10 career games with two starts and has recorded 30 career tackles (23 solo). As a rookie in 2004, Scott missed the entire season due to a knee injury. Last season, the Florida product played in five games with two starts for the Patriots, recording 19 tackles (16 solo) before being placed on injured reserve on Oct. 19, 2005.

    Scott was with New England for its 2006 training camp, but was released on Sept. 2, 2006 and signed with the Houston Texans the following day. He played in five of the first 10 games of the 2006 season for Houston, recording 11 tackles (7 solo), before being released on Nov. 21. He was signed by the New York Jets on Nov. 23, but was released on Nov. 29 and did not appear in a game for New York.

    Scott now the Senior Vice President of Pro Impact Sports, "a Jax, FL non-profit organization aimed at assisting the local H.S. talent achieve their dreams of playing football at the next level."


    One other pro football player born today with a New England connection:
    - Randal Williams (5/21/1978) went to Deerfield Academy and UNH.

    He was a special teamer who played a bit at WR, TE and FS. Thanks to a slow scoreboard clock operator, Williams is credited with the fastest touchdown in league history: an onside kick recovery for a touchdown that officially took only three seconds.

    Announcer's nightmare:
    - Happy birthday to Dick Folk (May 21, 1915), a fullback from the late thirties.
    Apologies for not googling his name, I don't want to know where the links that may follow would lead.
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    Julian Edelman

    Congratulations on the daily double: a birthday and a two-year contract extension.

    Happy 33rd birthday to Julian Edelman
    Born May 22, 1986 in Redwood City, California
    Patriot WR/PR/DB, 2009-present; uniform #11
    Pats 7th round (232nd overall) selection of the 2009 draft, from Kent State

    - Caught the winning touchdown in Super Bowl 49 with 2:06 to play.
    - Holds the career postseason franchise record for receptions with 115, which ranks second-most in NFL history behind only Jerry Rice.
    - Holds the career postseason franchise record for most games with 100+ yards receiving with six.
    - Holds the franchise record for longest punt return (94 yards).
    - Holds the career franchise record with four punt return touchdowns.
    - Holds the career franchise record in punt return average (minimum 75) at 11.2 yards per return.
    - Holds the career franchise record for most rushing attempts by a WR with 48.
    - Holds the career franchise record for most rushing yards by a WR with 364.
    - Holds the franchise record for longest rush by a WR (47 yards vs Colts in 2012).
    - Is one of only three players in club history with 100 catches in a single season.
    - Is one of only three players in club history with consecutive seasons with 90+ receptions.
    - Is one of only six players in club history with multiple seasons with 1,000+ yards receiving.
    - Three-time Superbowl champion has been in 18 playoff games (13-5 record).
    - Ranks fifth in team history with 499 receptions.
    - Ranks 7th in team history with 5,390 receiving yards.
    - Ranks 10th in team history with 30 receiving touchdowns.
    - Ranks third in team history with 177 punt returns.
    - Ranks third in team history with 1,986 punt return yards.
    - Holds NFL postseason record for longest pass completion by a non-QB (51 yard TD to Danny Amendola vs Baltimore in AFC Divisional game, 1/10/2015).
    - Ranks second in NFL history with 1,412 career postseason yards receiving.

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    Sergio 'thrown out of the club' Brown,
    and other May 22 birthdays

    Happy 80th birthday to Don 'Spider' Webb
    Born May 22, 1939 in Jefferson City, Missouri
    Patriot CB/S, 1961-1971; uniform #48 ('61) and #42 ('62-'71)
    Pats 24th round (186th overall) selection of the 1961 draft, from Iowa State


    Don Webb intercepted five passes as a rookie, and in a 41-0 shutout over the Chargers he scored two touchdowns: one on a blocked punt return and another on a 31-yard pick-six. Webb then unfortunately missed the entire 1963 campaign due to a knee injury that occurred just prior to the start of the season. In '67 he moved from starting left corner to safety, and was an All-Star in 1969. Overall Don Webb played in 134 games for the Patriots, with 21 interceptions. He is a member of the Patriots All-Decade Team for the 1960s at safety.

    Jefferson City man reminisces on pro-football career

    Going into the 2016 season, Webb still ranked 11th in team history with 21 interceptions, according to Patriots records.

    Webb remembers many of the players on those teams, including Nick Buoniconti, an all-league linebacker who has been inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio.

    "They were tough guys," he said. "My foot speed was probably the secret to my longevity. I was the fastest guy on the team."

    Webb used the money he earned as a player to help his family back in Jefferson City. ...


    Happy 48th birthday to Corey Croom
    Born May 22, 1971 in Sandusky, Ohio
    Patriot RB, 1993-1995; uniform #26


    The Patriots signed Croom as an undrafted rookie in 1993 out of Ball State. He was initially cut at the end of training camp and signed to the practice squad, then signed to the regular roster on September 19. Croom was primarily a special teamer, also gaining 293 yards from scrimmage with one TD as a backup to Leonard Russell.

    In '94 Croom led the Pats in rushing (33 carries, 159 yards, 4.8 ypc) in the preseason, but he did not get a single touch that year - despite the mediocre production at RB from Marion Butts and Leroy Thompson. Croom did play in every game on special teams in '94, and in '95 he appeared in 13 games, getting his hands on the ball in three of those games as a backup to Curtis Martin. Croom finished with 352 yards from scrimmage and one touchdown over three seasons with the Pats. He later signed with Philly but did not make their roster.

    1/31/2015: Once a Patriot, always a Patriot | Sandusky Register

    “I think of the turnaround,” said Croom. “Before we got there, they weren’t one of the better teams in the league. I came there with coach (Bill) Parcells and he really started the turnaround with quality players and quality coaches.”

    Croom signed as an undrafted free agent in 1993 after rushing for 3,500 yards in three season at Sandusky and a record-setting career at Ball State University. ....

    Croom, who has been coaching Sandusky football players since 1999, now watches the game with a vantage point the average fan never sees.

    “I really watch and put myself in certain situations as a player and as a coach,” he said. “I think of the different ways to execute plays and I applaud the players when they do certain things to take advantage of a defense.

    “For instance, a couple of weeks ago, the Patriots played Baltimore and they were doing things with different formations. It was smart because they were having problems getting off the ball and with their spacing, but they found a wrinkle they could use and it was highly successful.”

    Croom now watches the Patriots now as a fan and will be rooting for them in Super Bowl XLIX.

    “I’m still a fan and take price in being part of that organization,” he said. “I attribute a lot of their success to being coached extremely well and getting the right players into the system. A lot of them aren’t superstars or big money guys, but they know how to get in and work the system and they know how to execute.”

    Happy 31st birthday to Sergio Brown
    Born May 22, 1988 in Maywood, Illinois
    Patriot safety, 2010-2011; uniform #38 (2010) and #31 (2011)

    The Pats signed Brown as an undrafted rookie out of Notre Dame in 2010. He was signed to the practice squad after being waived during final cuts. Six weeks later Brown was promoted to the active roster and forced to fill in due to the release of both Brandon Meriweather and James Sanders at safety. Not surprisingly he was in over his head, thrust into that position too soon. Brown was let go during final roster cuts prior to the start of the 2012 season. He is perhaps most well known for being thrown out of the club by Gronk after he became an Indianapolis Colt.

    Happy 37th birthday to Alex Smith
    Born May 22, 1982 in Denver
    Patriot TE, 2009 (offseason); uniform #80

    A third round pick by Tampa Bay in 2005, the Pats acquired Smith from the Bucs in exchange for a 2010 fifth round draft pick a few days after the 2009 draft. Smith was one of two would-be pass catchers acquired in exchange for a draft pick (WR Greg Lewis from Philadelphia being the other) that did not survive final roster cuts. That was the same year several veterans were signed as free agents with very mixed results (Joey Galloway, Fred Taylor, Shawn Springs, Chris Baker, Leigh Bodden, Paris Lenon, Brandon McGowan, Tully Banta-Cain).

    4/30/2009 - Patriots acquire TE Alex Smith from Tampa Bay |

    Despite being cut by the Pats, Smith spent seven more seasons in the NFL, mostly with Cleveland. He has been working as a pro scout with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers since retiring from pro football.

    Patriots training camp: Day 11 - Patriots tight end Alex Smith fends off linebacker Adalius Thomas during Sunday's lone practice at Gillette Stadium.

    Other pro football players with New England area connections:
    - Tony Holm (5/22/1908); FB for the 1930 Providence Steamroller.
    - George Sergienko (5/22/1918); western Mass native went to Chicopee High School and AIC; he was the LT for the 1945 Boston Yanks.
    - Frank Santora (5/22/1926); QB for the 1944 Boston Yanks.
    - Marcus Dupree (5/22/1964); RB for the USFL Boston Breakers.

    Marcus Dupree, the best that never was, is happy and hustling
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    Larry Garron

    Happy 82nd birthday to Larry Garron
    Born May 23, 1937 in Marks, Mississippi
    Patriot RB/KR, 1960-1968; uniform #40

    Larry Garron went to Western Illinois, leading the Leathernecks to three consecutive NAIA Conference championships. He intended to go to medical school, but his college coach - Lou Saban - invited Garron to tryout for his new team in the inaugural American Football League season. After battling tonsillitis and injuries Garron did not initially make the roster, but did proceed to get in on four games in the 1960 season.

    Alumni Spotlight: Larry Garron |

    “We were the last team in the league to develop,” said Garron. “[The other teams] said we were a rag-a-muffin team, not knowing that in our minds we wanted to be as good as anyone out there.”

    Another of the original AFL teams was the Buffalo Bills, and the Patriots-Bills rivalry was born immediately.

    “It was always rough,” said Garron, recalling the early AFL matchups between the two teams. “Not only on the field but off the field. I remember the locker room; we always got nervous when we went there, because kids would break into the locker room and take things.”

    The fans in the stands weren’t any warmer to the upstart Patriots, who beat the Bills in Buffalo in the first-ever AFL preseason exhibition.

    “Sitting on the bench on the field, the spectators were right behind you,” said Garron. “Lou Saban told us to keep our helmets on, but we didn’t know why.”

    “All of the sudden we had beer bottles flying out of the stands at us, and we were going ‘Ok. Now we know what he was talking about.’”

    Garron added weight to his frame in the offseason and it paid dividends. In 1961 Garron shared rushing duties with Billy Lott and Ron Burton, averaged 5.6 yards per carry, scored five touchdowns and was named to his first All-Star team.

    In the Patriots 1961 home meeting with the Bills, Garron raced 85 yards for a touchdown on a draw play. That dash remains the longest rushing play in Patriots history. He totaled 116 yards on 10 carries in that game, forging an 11.6-yard rushing average that was a Patriots single-game record when he retired. And that average didn’t even include his 80-plus-yard kickoff return that day.


    For an encore Garron averaged 5.9 yards per carry in 1962, and scored the second touchdown of his career on a kickoff return. His all-purpose yardage increased from 1,168 yards to 1,314, despite missing three games due to injury.

    In 1963 Garron's workload increased. He averaged 16.1 yards on 26 receptions with two touchdowns, while also more than doubling his amount of carries. Garron had a career-high 1,168 yards from scrimmage, and led the AFL with 1,884 all-purpose yards. He was a major factor in the AFL East title game. Twice his receptions (59 yards and 17 yards) set up field goals, as the Patriots won their first playoff game in team history, 26-8 at Buffalo.


    In 99 games with the Patriots, Garron scored 42 touchdowns (8th most in team history) and totaled 5,483 yards from scrimmage (10th most in team history). After all these years Garron still ranks ninth all-time in team history with 2,981 yards rushing. When he retired he held the team record for yards per rush in a single game (11.6), which occured on the same day he ran a kickoff back 80 yards. Larry Garron still holds the Patriot record for longest rush (85 yards).

    Larry Garron was a four-time AFL All-Star, the team MVP in 1963, member of the Patriots All-AFL, All-Decade Team of the 1960s, and a member of the American Football League Hall of Fame. His 5.9 yards per carry in '62 is still a franchise record. Garron ranks third among all-time AFL players in career all-purpose yards gained (7,805), third on average kickoff return yardage (25.8), and second for career kickoff return touchdowns.

    For more, please check out these articles:

    Two former Patriots recall the team's first season | The Boston Globe

    Former Patriot player tells Clinton students of mid-'60s boycott over racism | Worcester Telegram

    Larry Garron: From offense to self-defense |

    Larry Garron: Patriots Alumni

    Happy 45th birthday to Duane Starks
    Born May 23, 1974 in Miami
    Patriot CB, 2005; uniform #23

    After losing Ty Law in free agency, the Patriots traded a third round pick for Starks, who had been the tenth overall pick in the 1998 draft. After seven very underwhelming games he was placed on IR with a shoulder injury, and released the following February.

    Happy 53rd birthday to Jeff Carlson
    Born May 23, 1966 in Long Beach, CA
    Patriot QB, 1992; uniform #17

    Carlson was one of four (Hugh Millen, Tommy Hodson, Scott Zolak) players to start at quarterback during Dick MacPherson's second year as head coach in Foxboro. The former Weber State Wildcat started the final two games (both losses), completing 37% of his passes with one touchdown and three picks.

    In the final game of the season against Miami, Carlson took a bad sack that took the Patriots out of range for what could have been a game-winning field goal. It was just as well though, because that loss gave the Pats the tiebreaker over Seattle for the first pick in the 1993 draft, and New England ended up with Drew Bledsoe rather than Rick Mirer. On a side note, both wins that season came when MacPherson was hospitalized, and Dante Scarnecchia took over head coaching duties.

    Happy 57th birthday to Tom Toth
    Born May 23, 1962 in Blue Island, Illinois
    Patriot guard, 1985
    Pats 4th round (102nd overall) selection of the 1985 draft, from Western Michigan

    Toth never made it with the Pats, but he did play for five seasons with the Dolphins.

    Other pro football players with New England area connections born today:
    Bruce Laird, 69 (May 23, 1950)
    Went to Scituate High School and AIC in Springfield.
    Laird was named to the Pro Bowl his rookie season when he led the NFL with 303 punt return yards. He played in 164 games with 127 starts at strong safety over twelve seasons, mostly with the Baltimore Colts, accumulating 19 interceptions and 18 fumble recoveries.

    Donnie Fletcher, 29 (May 23, 1990)
    The CB went to Boston College, and was with the Jets for a while in 2012. He later spent a couple seasons in the arena league.

    Reggie Rust (May 23, 1909)
    Tailback for the 1932 Boston Braves.

    Best Football Name Born Today:
    Peaches Nadolney (May 23, 1899); a guard for the Packers and Milwaukee Badgers in the '20s.

    Also, posthumous happy birthday wishes to my father, who was born on May 23, 1922.
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    I could not find much of anything notable for May 24, other than being an excuse to re-watch the Patriots come back from a 24-0 deficit to defeat the Broncos.

    Happy 33rd birthday to Tony Carter
    Born May 24, 1986 in Tallahassee, FL
    Patriot CB, 2010; uniform #29

    After being waived-injured by Denver, the Pats signed Carter to their practice squad in early September of 2010. When Jonathan Wilhite was placed on IR with a hip injury, Carter was promoted to the 53-man roster in mid-December. The former Florida State Seminole appeared in two of those three final regular season games, with a final stat line consisting of one tackle.

    The Pats released Carter just prior to the start of the 2011 training camp. He later re-signed with Denver and is most well known for an unfortunate gaffe in November of 2013. The Patriots rallied from a 24-0 deficit in week 12 against the Broncos to force overtime, and then the Pats were forced to punt. Wes Welker - at this point a Denver Bronco - was the return man. Carter was also on Denver's return unit, and Welker made a very late call that he would not catch the punt, alerting the return team to clear away from the ball. By that time Carter was too close, the ball bounced and hit him, and Nate Ebner recovered. The play set up a 34-31 game-winning field goal by Stephen Gostkowski to cap the comeback.

    Classic Manning face at 4:02 and 4:48
    Tony Carter played in 45 NFL games from 2009 to 2015. He scored three touchdowns, two on fumble returns and one on an interception.

    Happy 48th birthday to Troy Barnett
    Born May 24, 1971 in Jacksonville, NC
    Patriot DE, 1994-1996; uniform #98

    Barnett was a walk-on at UNC and also made an NFL (Pats) roster as an undrafted rookie. He was the Pats starting DE in '95 and overall appeared in 31 games for New England, with 15 starts. Bill Parcells called him 'technology' for his prowess in that area, which served him well in his post-NFL career.


    Troy Barnett: Gladiator, Fixer, Computer Geek

    Barnett was one of the first active players to take advantage of the NFL’s Career Internship at Reebok International for two off seasons. Without any formal education or training in Information Technology (IT), Barnett developed a passion for working with computers during his internship experience.

    Determination and work ethic–two skills developed through playing football–helped Barnett transform into a competent IT professional. Legendary coach Bill Parcells admired Barnett’ s commitment and nicknamed him “laptop.” Barnett’s willingness to work as an intern during the NFL offseason paid off as evidenced by Reebok offering him a full-time job in IT immediately following his retirement from football. From 1998 to 2006 Barnett climbed the ladder in various roles at Reebok.

    He moved to rival company Under Armour in 2007 and currently serves as the Senior Director of Corporate Services/Business Relationship Management (BRM) Lead. Barnett supports 5 corporate service functional areas and is blazing a trail as a “fixer” in IT.

    Expert contribution | Troy Barnett | CIO Review

    Other pro football players born May 24 with New England area connections:

    Zak DeOssie, 35 (5/24/84)
    Zak was born in North Andover, went to Phillips Andover Academy and then Brown University. This DeOssie was a player many New England fans thought would end up being a Patriot, like his father Steve.

    Tom Lynch, 62 (5/24/55)
    Lynch grew up on the south shore, attending Whitman-Hanson High School and Boston College. He was a 2nd round pick by Seattle in '77 and played guard for the Seahawks and Bills from 1977-84.
    Tom Lynch | Boston College Varsity Club Hall of Fame
    Tom Lynch | Certified Financial Planner

    Al Cannava, 93 (5/24/24)
    Al grew up in Medford and went to Boston College. The HB/DB got in to one game for the Packers in 1950.

    Swede Youngstrom (5/24/1897)
    Swede grew up in Waltham and went to Dartmouth College. He was an offensive lineman for several teams in the twenties, playing in 96 games.

    May 24 is also the birth date of Derrick Gaffney, Jabbar's father.
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    Happy 34th birthday to Kevin O'Connell
    Born May 25, 1985 in Knoxville, Tennessee
    Patriot QB, 2008; uniform #5
    Pats third round (94th overall) selection of the 2008 draft, from San Diego State

    KOC was drafted as a likely successor in the backup QB role to Matt Cassel, who would become a free agent in 2009. O'Connell appeared in two 2008 games, going 4/6 for 23 yards, but did not make it out of training camp in 2009. In a preseason week three loss to Washington, Tom Brady hit Randy Moss for a pair of touchdown passes before leaving with a shoulder injury on a hit by Albert Haynesworth. O'Connell came in and proceeded to complete five of his ten passes: three to fellow Patriots, and two to players on the opposing defense. Undrafted rookie Brian Hoyer and veteran free agent Andrew Walter both outperformed O'Connell in training camp and preseason games, and KOC was KO'd, unceremoniously released without a final chance of redemption prior to the fourth preseason game.


    Over the next four years O'Connell spent time with the Lions, Jets, Dolphins, Jets again, and Chargers. Other than being named captain for a game against the Patriots (a typical Rex Ryan failure in psychology), O'Connell never appeared on the field in another NFL game. He is now in his third year of coaching in the NFL: he was the quarterbacks coach for the Browns in 2015, a SF coaching assistant in 2016, and since then has been with the Redskins. KOC was Washington's quarterbacks coach in 2017, passing game coordinator and QB coach in 2018, and has been promoted to their Offensive Coordinator for the 2019 season. Ironically he replaces another former Patriot QB, Matt Cavanaugh, as Washington's OC. Cavanaugh was demoted to senior offensive assistant.

    Redskins promote Kevin O'Connell to offensive coordinator, keeping a rising star on their staff

    Happy 59th birthday to Sean Farrell
    Born May 25, 1960 in Southampton, NY
    Patriot LG, 1987-1989; uniform #62

    Farrell was an accidental first round pick by Tampa Bay in 1982, and started at right guard for the Buccaneers for five seasons. Tired of losing for miserly Hugh Culverhouse, Farrell's request to get out of Tampa was granted as the Pats traded draft picks for his rights. He started 43 games at right guard for the Pats before shoulder surgery kept him on the injured reserve list for most of 1990. The Patriots attempted to reactivate him but in doing so exposed him to waivers, and Denver claimed him.


    Sean Farrell played in 123 NFL games with 106 starts from 1982 to 1992, plus three playoff games.


    A Helping Hand Is Offered to Battered NFL Veterans


    Sean Farrell Joins Advest as Divisional Manager; Former New England Patriot Will Lead Newly Created Eastern Seaboard Division

    June 14, 2004--Advest, Inc., a member of The MONY Group Inc. (NYSE:MNY), has announced that Sean Farrell has been named Divisional Manager for the firm's new Eastern Seaboard Division. He joins Advest from Prudential/Wachovia Securities, where he served most recently as vice president and complex manager. Before entering the securities industry in 1993, Mr. Farrell enjoyed a distinguished professional football career, including a stint with the New England Patriots.

    Happy 70th birthday to Donnell Smith
    Born May 25, 1949 in Lakeland, Florida
    Patriot DE, 1973-1974; uniform #65

    Smith appeared in 21 games for the Pats in a backup and special teams role for Chuck Fairbanks. After his time with the Patriots he played for the Southern California Sun in the World Football League. Smith was originally a 5th round draft pick from Southern University by the Packers in 1971.

    Southern football's unique 1969 team produced some of the school's greatest players

    A total of 10 future NFL players played on the 1969 Southern team, and 45 years later, that list as just as impressive as it was then: Hall of Fame cornerback Mel Blount, six-time Pro Bowl linebacker Isiah Robertson, four-time Pro Bowl wide receiver Harold Carmichael, two-time Pro Bowl defensive back Ken Ellis, defensive back Ray Jones, defensive tackle Jim Osborne, wide receiver Lew Porter, defensive lineman Alden Roche, defensive end Donnell Smith and wide receiver Jubilee Dunbar.

    Happy 74th birthday to Tom Fussell
    Born May 25, 1945 in Cleveland
    Patriot DE, 1967; uniform #83
    Pats 8th round (206th overall) selection of the 1967 draft, from LSU

    Fussell played in 12 games with four starts while with the Patriots. He grew up in Baton Rouge and represented LSU in the 1966 East-West Shrine Game.

    Happy birthday to Kent Carter
    Born May 25, 1950 in Los Angeles
    Died December 12, 2010 at the age of 60
    Patriot LB, 1974; uniform #51

    Carter was a late (422nd overall) draft pick by the Cardinals in 1972 out of USC. He played in two games for the Pats in '74. Carter later became an officer in the LAPD, and died in a motorcycle accident at the age of 60.


    Happy 51st birthday to Shawn Bouwens
    Born May 25, 1968 in Lincoln, Nebraska
    Patriot guard, 1990 (offseason)
    Pats 9th round (226th overall) selection out of Nebraska Wesleyan in the 1990 draft

    The Division 3 prospect never made it with the Pats, but did play for five years in the NFL with Detroit and Jacksonville, getting into 73 games with 42 starts.

    Other pro football players born May 25 with New England area connections:

    Jerome Cunningham, 28 (May 25, 1991)
    Cunningham was born and raised in Waterbury CT, attending Crosby High School.
    The tight end has been with the Giants, Titans and Lions.

    Frank Morris (5/25/1918 - 10/16/1988)
    Born in Newton, Morris went to high school at Our Lady's (Newton Catholic), and then Boston University.
    Fullback for the Chicago Bears in 1942.

    Bob Haas (5/25/1906)
    Haas is the one and only Worcester State University alum to play in the NFL.
    He was a single wing back for the 1929 Dayton Triangles.

    Archie Golembeski (5/25/1900 - 3/9/1976)
    Golembeski went to Worcester Classical High School and was an All-East All-Star at Holy Cross.
    He played guard, end and center for the Providence Steam Roller in the twenties, then was the Steam Rollers head coach in 1925. Archie was also the first basketball coach at Providence College.

    Since today is also Brian Urlacher's birthday it is appropriate to finish with this video:

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    Slow Offseason

    It's a slow offseason this time of year, and a slow day for birthdays too.

    Happy 36th birthday to Mark Anderson
    Born May 26, 1983 in Tulsa, Oklahoma
    Patriot DE, 2011; uniform #95


    Anderson had twelve sacks as a rookie for the Bears in 2006, but was unable to repeat that productivity over the next four seasons. The Patriots took a flyer and signed him as a veteran free agent. Anderson far exceeded the low expectations fans had for him.

    In 2011 Anderson had ten sacks, two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery, and played in every game. In Super Bowl 46 he had five tackles and one and a half sacks.


    A few weeks later the Bills signed Anderson early in free agency to a four-year $20 million contract; he played only five games for Buffalo, landing on IR and then being released the following off season. He never played another down in the NFL after that.

    Mark Anderson finished his NFL career with 98 games played over seven seasons, with 25 starts. he had 36½ sacks, 175 tackles (132 solo), 58 QB hits, 41 tackles for a loss, 7 forced fumbles, 3 fumble recoveries and 10 pass deflections. He played in six playoff games with his teams going 4-2, with 15 tackles and seven quarterback hits.

    Over the course of his eight-season NFL career Anderson made $13,380,550. More than half of that amount, $8,000,000, was paid in that final season in Buffalo.

    7/23/2013 Buffalo Bills admit they made a mistake in signing Mark Anderson | espn

    Happy 41st birthday to Maugaula 'Ula' Tuitele
    Born May 26, 1978 in Torrance, California
    Patriot LB, 2000-2002
    Uniform #96 ('00), #47 ('01), #59 ('02)

    The Colorado State special teamer was the original Ventrone during his tenure with the Patriots. When he wasn't being cut or re-signed, Tuitele did manage to get in to five games over three seasons with the Pats. Tuitele also played for the Rhein Fire for one season, making the All-NFL Europe Team.

    9/1/2002 Tuitele Sweats It Out On Cut Down Day | Hartford Courant

    "Every day I come to work, I worry," Tuitele said. "I'm nervous."

    It's either be nervous or numb. The Patriots cut Tuitele like Martha Stewart cuts greens for her salad. NFL rules mandate teams cut their rosters to 53 by today, and if it happens to Tuitele, it won't be a unique experience.

    "I don't know if I've got enough fingers and toes," Tuitele said when asked how many times he has received the dreaded tap on the shoulder. The Patriots media guide lists 16 times the former Colorado State star has been signed or released, including one brief appearance the last week of the 2001 season on the Buccaneers practice squad. In two seasons, he has appeared in two regular season games and made one tackle.

    Why did he return to the Patriots this summer?

    "They were the only ones who called me," he said.


    And when starting middle linebacker Tedy Bruschi sustained a knee injury Aug. 23 early in an exhibition victory over Carolina, Tuitele got a lot of playing time and responded with a team-high 11 tackles. Against the Redskins, he had an interception. Bruschi says Tuitele, 6 feet 1, 253 pounds, has been the Patriots' best linebacker in training camp.

    One other pro football player born today with a New England connection:

    John McCormick (born May 26, 1937)
    The Belmont native went to Boston College and then UMass. McCormick was the Vikings punter in 1962 and a backup QB with Denver from 1963-68. In his first start the Broncos scored 50 points, a record that would stand for 51 years.
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    Tony Collins

    Happy 60th birthday to Tony Collins
    Born May 27, 1959 in Sanford, Florida
    Patriot RB/KR, 1981-1987; uniform #33
    Pats second round (47th overall) selection of the 1981 draft, from East Carolina


    Tony Collins rushed for 4,647 yards with New England (third most in franchise history) and 32 touchdowns, which is tied with Curtis Martin for sixth most. Collins also had 1,520 touches (third most), 7,003 yards from scrimmage (fifth) and 8,353 all-purpose yardage (sixth) with the Patriots. His 83 games started is tied with Babe Parilli and Russ Francis as seventh most in team history, and Collins' 44 touchdowns ranks seventh on the career leader board. Collins was named to the '83 and '84 Pro Bowls, and is a member of the New England Patriots All-Decade Team for the 1980s.


    Former Pats player tells Foxboro kids about drug abuse | 12/13/2012

    In high school and college, he strove to spend more time in the weight room than anyone else, to be first on the field and last off it. Holder of multiple records at East Carolina University, he was drafted in the second round by the Patriots in 1981 and became an instant starter.

    But while success seemed to come easily to the young man from ECU, injuries began to take their toll. Collins began taking pain killers for his neck, but found they nauseated him. A friend recommended marijuana, which seemed to relieve his discomfort. But it wasn’t enough.

    “Then the marijuana turned into cocaine, and that took away everything I loved,” he said.

    The public learned of Collins’s drug abuse almost immediately after the team lost its first Super Bowl to the Chicago Bears in 1986, when the Boston Globe carried the news that six members of the AFC Champion Patriots team had tested positive for drugs.

    Collins was banned from the league for a year after testing positive a third time for marijuana and cocaine. He was later reinstated, but a move to the Dolphins didn’t work out because of Collins’s damaged knees.

    Collins said pride and his self-image as a football star probably interfered with him getting help in fighting drug use.

    “I thought, ‘hey, I’m Tony Collins. I can handle my problems. I’ve got this,’ ” he said. “Well, I didn’t have it. It had me.”

    The former star running back said he began to master his addiction and turn his life around seven years ago, when he met his current wife. He said she had a “different way of thinking about life” that made sense to him.

    Collins speaks to Toll Gate students about making right choices | 10/29/2015

    His work wasn’t done yet. He entered training camp third on the depth chart behind Vagas Ferguson and Horace Ivory, but he said, in his mind, he was always the No. 1 running back.

    In the second week of training camp, Ivory got injured. Collins continued to work harder, being the first out on the field and last off of it.

    “Felt bad for Horace, felt real good for Tony,” Collins said to laughs from the audience.

    Ferguson suffered an ankle injury himself two weeks later, earning Collins the top running back spot on the team. Collins would go on to play in all 16 games, tallying 873 rushing and 232 receiving yards and seven touchdowns on the ground.

    Collins had the best year of his career in 1983. He made the Pro Bowl after rushing for 1,049 yards and 10 touchdowns while picking up 257 yards through the air as well.

    Then, in 1984, Collins had to make a difficult choice. He had suffered cracked ribs early in the season, and either had to sit down like Ivory and Ferguson before him and have his job taken away, or go on painkillers. He chose the latter, opting to receive cortisone shots before and during games as well to numb the agony.

    “When the medicine wears off, wears down, I’m in so much pain that I can’t even go to sleep, that I cannot even breathe,” Collins said. “So I have to take all these painkillers just to go to sleep. And I’m taking painkillers all through practice and all through the year, and the painkillers were tearing up my stomach.”

    As he became addicted to painkillers, he also began smoking marijuana to relieve nausea. He ended up being randomly tested by the NFL, failing two drug tests and getting cut by New England after the second infraction in 1988.

    He was signed by the Indianapolis Colts the next day and promised himself that he would stay clean after receiving a second chance. If he failed another drug test, he would have been suspended an entire season, so he stayed away from marijuana. However, he chose to attend a party four weeks into training camp and, despite not actually smoking any marijuana, the secondhand smoke around him was enough to result in a third failed drug test.

    He played one more season in 1990 for the Miami Dolphins before retiring, he said, as a “failure.”
    Super Bowl nightmare was only part of Tony Collins' life of drugs | Boston Herald


    Happy 49th birthday to Todd Collins
    Born May 27, 1970 in New Market, Tennessee
    Patriot LB, 1992-1998; uniform #54 ('92-'94); #59 ('96-'98)
    Pats 3rd round (64th overall) selection of the 1992 draft, from Carson-Newman

    Todd Collins had a scholarship to Georgia, but after an injury he transferred to Tennessee for one semester, and then Division II Carson-Newman. While there the Eagles (enrollment: 2,500) won the 1989 NAIA championship.

    Collins played in 76 games with 53 starts over six seasons in New England. He had 92 tackles in 1993 and 99 in 1997, before taking a leave of absence for the entire 1995 season at the age of 25. Collins played in two Superbowls: for the Patriots in their loss to Green Bay, and after he signed as a free agent for St Louis in 1999, in their win over Tennessee.

    His departure from the Patriots was inadvertently Collins' greatest contribution to the franchise, as the number of free agent losses versus free agent signings resulted in the Pats receiving a compensatory draft pick: number 199 in the 2000 draft.

    And just in case anybody was wondering, this Todd Collins is not related to RB Tony Collins, nor backup QB Todd Collins from Walpole.


    Happy 63rd birthday to Bo Robinson
    Born May 27, 1956 in Lamesa, Texas
    Patriot FB, 1984; uniform #41

    Melvin Dell 'Bo' Robinson was a special teamer from West Texas A&M, appearing in all 16 games with one start in '84. His 3rd quarter touchdown reception gave the Pats a lead they would not relinquish in week 5 at the Jets. 1984 was the last of his six seasons in the NFL. Over his career he appeared in 80 games with 22 starts, primarily with the Lions and Falcons.

    Happy 63rd birthday to Nick Lowery
    Born May 27, 1956 in Munich, Germany
    Patriot K, 1978; uniform #7

    Undrafted out of Dartmouth, Lowery appeared in two games for the Pats in '78, filling in while John Smith had a thigh injury. He was cut 11 times by eight teams before replacing Hall of Famer Jan Stenerud in Kansas City.

    Lowery then proceeded to make a mockery of those eight previous assessments. Over the course of an 18-year NFL career Lowery kicked 383 field goals, which at that time was an NFL record. He also scored a total of 1,711 points (which ranked second in NFL history at that point in time), and had the best field goal percentage in league history when he retired.

    Happy 58th birthday to Frank Bianchini
    May 27, 1961 in East Islip, New York
    Patriot RB, 1987; uniform #30

    Bianchini played in the final strike-replacement game in '87 with no stats. In 1988 he joined the New England Steamrollers of the Arena Football League as a defensive back, his first of five seasons playing arena ball.

    Other pro football players born today with New England connections:

    Jackie Slater, 65 (May 27, 1954)
    Better known by some as Matt Slater's dad, the elder Slater was named to seven Pro Bowls at tackle for the Rams, playing in 259 games before being inducted to the Hall of Fame.

    Sean McHugh, 37 (5/27/82); born in Springfield MA.
    FB/TE played in 40 games with Green Bay, Detroit and Pittsburgh from 2004-08. A 7th round pick by Tennessee in '04, he played in all 3 playoff games en route to winning a ring with the Steelers following the '08 season.

    Tom Budrewicz, 81 (5/27/38); grew up in Greenfield MA and went to Brown.
    Guard got in to a couple of games for the 1961 New York Titans.

    Larry Ellis (5/27/22); grew up in York, Maine and also went to Cheshire Academy in CT.
    All-American LB played at Syracuse played in four games for the Lions in 1948 before blowing out his knee.

    Dimp Halloran (5/27/1896); Framingham native and early Boston College star.
    Tailback for the Hartford Blues in 1926, the only year Connecticut had an NFL team.

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    - Tom Dean (5/27/1923); LT for the 1946-47 Boston Yanks.
    - Dale Waters (5/27/1909); RT for the 1932-33 Boston Braves.
    - Lloyd Young (5/27/1903); G/E for the 1925-27 Providence Steamroller.
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    Happy 74th birthday to Doug Satcher
    Born May 28, 1945 in Sandersville, Mississippi
    Patriot LB, 1966-1968; uniform #58
    Pats 9th round (75th overall) selection in the 1966 AFL draft, from Southern Miss

    Satcher played in all 42 games during his three years with the Patriots, and was the starting RLB in '68. He was the lone bright spot in what was the worst draft class in franchise history.

    Doug Satcher | Mississippi State Sports Hall of Fame

    Doug Satcher
    Football: 1963-1965
    Baseball: 1964-1965
    Inducted: April 30, 1983

    Doug Satcher will be best remembered as one of the school's all-time great linebackers. Few people in the history of Southern Miss football could dominate the way Satcher could.

    Not only did Satcher possess the physical tools to get the job done, he also possessed the intelligence to go along with it.​

    Happy birthday to Bill Striegel
    Born May 28, 1936 in Easton, Kansas
    Died July 23, 1992 at the age of 56
    Patriot LB/G, 1960; uniform #72

    Bill Striegel was an 8th round draft pick out of Pacific by the Philadelphia Eagles in 1958. Striegel played in five games for the Pats in their inaugural season, with one start. He also played briefly for the Raiders.

    Happy 57th birthday to Eric Schubert
    Born May 28, 1962 in Abington, Pennsylvania
    Patriot K, 1987; uniform #1

    In 1985 Bill Parcells was head coach of the Giants and in a bind. His starting kicker was injured, so he signed an interim kicker. In anticipation of his starting kicker being ready to play again after the injury, he waived the interim kicker. Problem was the starter wasn't yet ready to play.

    Schubert had been with the G-men in training camp, so Parcells re-signed him, taking Schubert away from a nearby high school where he had been coaching football. Schubert delivered, booting five field goals in a 22-20 win. That performance turned the temporary assignment into a year-long deal.

    Unfortunately the rest of his NFL career was not that great. The next year he signed with the Cardinals and connected on just three of 11 field goal attempts. The Pats signed him as a replacement player but he played only one game: Tony Franklin crossed the line in the second week of the strike, and Schubert's NFL career was over. Schubert's one-game/Patriot career stat line reads 1-2 on field goal attempts (connecting on a 23-yarder that temporarily gave the Pats the lead) and 1-1 on extra points, for a total of four points scored. Schubert now works as sales and marketing manager for Pride and Service Elevator in northern New Jersey.

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    The body of Marquise Hill was found mid afternoon on May 28, 1970. The 24 year old defensive end was a second round pick of the 2004 draft from LSU.


    Patriots' Hill mourned as 'a hero until the end' | espn

    Aiding others came naturally to him, and distraught relatives on Monday said Hill died a hero after the former LSU star helped save the life of a former high school classmate who could not swim.

    While the woman survived by grabbing a piling and holding onto it until she was rescued, the 24-year-old Hill, who friends described as a good swimmer, drifted away and disappeared until searchers pulled his body from the water on Monday afternoon, about 17 hours after the accident.

    "He was a hero until the end," his cousin, Elaine Hill Blackshire of Alabama, told the Boston Herald for Tuesday's editions. "He made sure he got her to safety. I'm just so sad that he lost his life, but he wouldn't have had it any other way. If he had saved himself, and knowing she couldn't swim, he couldn't have lived with himself.

    "He thought of others first. He was just that kind of person."

    "I lost a brother, man," said Patriots defensive lineman Jarvis Green, a fellow Louisiana native and former LSU player. "He was a funny guy. ... He'd just sit there and talk to you, say some funny things off his head that'd make you laugh. He was good to be around."

    Hill's agent, Albert Elias, said he spoke with Hill's friend and said she either couldn't swim or was having difficulty doing so.

    "Marquise knew this, and being a strong swimmer, he was instructing her as he drifted away in a different direction to stay calm and don't fight the water. He found a buoy or piling behind her and told her to let the current take her to that. She listened to him and it pretty much saved her life," Elias said.

    The woman was sent to Tulane Medical Center, where she told authorities that Hill had tried to keep her calm as the two were drifting away from each other.

    "It's so important to have a life jacket and a signaling device," Atkeson said. "One keeps you afloat and the other helps us find you."

    Elias said the player spent much of his time since Hurricane Katrina helping rebuild the homes of family members including his mother and the mother of his son.

    The Patriots wore number 91 on their helmet in memory of Hill for the full 2007 season.


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    Other pro football players with New England connections born today:

    Bruce Taylor, 69 (May 28, 1948)
    Boston University, class of 1970
    Taylor was the greatest football player in BU history and MVP of the 1969 Terrier football team that finished 9-1. He was a first round (17th overall) selection by San Francisco in the 1970 draft, and was a starting corner for the Niners through most of the '70s. Taylor led the NFL in punt return yardage his rookie season, and made the Pro Bowl the following year. He played in 114 games (including five post season games), with 18 interceptions and ten fumble recoveries.

    Eugene Robinson, 54 (May 28, 1963)
    Weaver High School, Hartford CT, class of 1981
    Robinson was a three-time Pro Bowl FS for Seattle, Green Bay, Atlanta and Carolina from 1985-2000, and won a ring with the Packers in SB31 versus the Patriots. Two years later with Atlanta he made a game-saving play in the NFCCG, breaking up a sure TD pass intended for Randy Moss. Two weeks after that game he became famous - or infamous - for being arrested for attempting to hire an undercover cop posing as a prostitute on the night before the Superbowl. Eugene Robinson played in 252 NFL games (plus 11 playoff games). His 57 career interceptions ranks 13th in NFL history.

    David Shula, 58 (May 28, 1959)
    Dartmouth College, class of 1981
    Don's son spent one season with the Colts as a PR/WR. He then worked with his dad in Miami as a WR coach and QB coach, and was hired as Cincinnati's head coach in 1992. While there the younger Shula set three NFL records. First, he was the youngest (32) HC in the modern era. Second, he was one half of the first and only game coached by a father on one side and son on the other.

    More ignominious was a record in futility that may never be broken. The younger Shula lost 50 games faster (69 games) than any other head coach in the history of the National Football League. He was mercifully fired in 1996, finishing with a career record of 19-52 (.268).

    After that Shula stayed out of football, working as an executive for Shula's Steak House. In 2018, after a 22-year absence from football, Shula returned to his alma mater to become the wide receivers coach at Dartmouth.

    A few more old timers that played pro football in Boston born on May 28:

    - Frank Nelson (5/28/23); single wing back for the 1948 Boston Yanks.
    - Bill Paschal (5/28/21); FB/KR for the 1947-1948 Boston Yanks.
    - Dave Smukler (5/28/14); FB/LB for the 1944 Boston Yanks.

    Also born on May 28:
    - Jim Thorpe (5/28/1888); All-American, College Football Hall of Famer, Pro Football Hall of Famer, Olympic gold medalist, pro baseball player, and perhaps the greatest athlete ever.
    - Percy Harvin (5/28/1988); as a Florida Gator, Harvin accomplished the rare feat of having over 1500 yards receiving and also over 1500 yards rushing.
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    Happy 42nd birthday to Antwan Harris
    Born May 29, 1977 in Raleigh, North Carolina
    Patriot safety, 2000-2004; uniform #23
    Pats 6th round (187th overall) selection of the 2000 draft, from Virginia

    Harris played in 52 games for the Pats, plus all three playoff games in 2001. He is most well known for two plays, both in that 2001 postseason.

    In the AFCCG against Pittsburgh he took the lateral from Troy Brown following a blocked field goal attempt 49 yards for a touchdown, which put the Patriots up 21-3 midway through the third quarter. Then in Super Bowl 36 Harris hit Ricky Proehl to force a fumble that was recovered by Terrell Buckley, and returned to the 25 yard line. Five plays later Tom Brady hit David Patten for an 8-yard touchdown pass with 31 seconds remaining in the first half, to give the Patriots a 14-3 lead.

    Antwan Harris talks Super Bowl ::

    A visit to Raleigh and Antwan Harris

    Happy 52nd birthday to Sean Smith
    Born May 29, 1967 in Cincinnati
    Patriot DE, 1990-1991; uniform #97
    Pats 11th round (280th overall) selection of the 1990 draft, from Georgia Tech

    The big man (6'7") played in 17 games with one start in a backup role for the Pats over two seasons.

    Happy 64th birthday to Dave Preston
    Born May 29, 1955 in Dayton, Ohio
    Patriot RB, 1977
    Pats 12th round (333rd overall) selection of the 1977 draft, from Bowling Green

    Preston spent '77 on the taxi squad, and then signed with the Broncos. He spent six years in Denver, accumulating 1,147 yards from scrimmage in 1981. Since 2012 he has worked as a Senior Project Manager for Servpro Industries in Boulder, Colorado.

    Dave Preston | Bowling Green State University Athletics Hall of Fame

    As a sophomore, he rushed for 1,414 yards and scored 19 touchdowns, finishing fifth in the nation in both rushing and scoring. He was a first team All-MAC selection and received honorable mention All-American honors. Preston missed three games as a junior with injuries, yet still rushed for 875 yards and scored 14 touchdowns to earn second team All-MAC honors. He was again a second team All-MAC pick as a senior when he rushed for 989 yards and scored eight touchdowns. He was also named second team Academic All-American as a senior.

    Preston, who ended his career with 10 MAC career records, was drafted in the 12th round by the New England Patriots. He spent the 1977 season on he Patriots' taxi squad before joining the Broncos in 1978.

    Dave Preston Broncos Keynote Speaker

    Dave Preston (“Sarge”) has a history of success, stemming back to his college days, where he earned both academic and athletic All-American honors at Bowling Green State University. Preston graduated in 1977 with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and was awarded a Post-Graduate Scholarship by the NCAA. He was also selected by the New England Patriots in the NFL Draft that year and elected to forgo an MBA program to pursue a career in professional football.

    Happy 83rd birthday to Jim Fraser
    Born May 29, 1936 in Philadelphia
    Patriot punter and linebacker, 1966; uniform #51

    Fraser appeared in all 14 games in '66, with 55 punts at an average of 37.2 yards. On defense he also had one interception. Prior to joining the Patriots Fraser was a linebacker and punter with the Denver Broncos, twice leading the league in punting, and was a three-time AFL all-star. Jim Fraser later became the athletic director at Middlesex School in Concord.
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    Bucko Kilroy

    Happy birthday to Bucko Kilroy

    Born May 30, 1921 in Philadelphia
    Died July 10, 2007 at the age of 86
    Patriot executive from 1971 to 2007


    Kilroy played guard on offense, and middle guard and tackle on defense with the Eagles for 13 seasons, winning two NFL championships and being named to three Pro Bowls; he was named to the NFL's all-decade team for the 1940's. Kilroy had a reputation for being a tough player, and won a $25,000 lawsuit (more than three times his annual salary) when Look magazine wrote an article implying he was a dirty player. He worked as a scout for the Eagles, Washington and Dallas from 1960-70 before joining the Patriots as their Director of Player Personnel in 1971.

    He sued Life and a jury awarded him $25,000. He was pleased, because his highest salary as a player would be $8,000 and he had yet to reach it.

    “That was all a bunch of garbage,” he later said of the incident. “I was just a heavy hitter. We were hard people back then, and some guys are just naturally heavy hitters. It was a different time. None of this baby-boomer stuff. We were brash people.”

    Al DeRogatis, a former Giants’ lineman, found out the hard way. When he once accused Kilroy of biting his nose, Kilroy denied it.

    “I didn’t bite his nose,” Kilroy said. “I bit his ear.”

    In 1979 Kilroy became New England's general manager, and then vice president from 1983-93. Kilroy then worked as a scouting consultant for the next thirteen years until his death. John Hannah, Mike Haynes, Russ Francis, Steve Grogan and Sam Cunningham were among the players drafted when he was New England's player personnel director.

    Kilroy is also the founder of the NFL Scouting Combine, and credited with the driving force behind both the modern day NFL draft and the Super Bowl. Bill Belichick said Kilroy was "one of the pillars of our league... a pure football man who did practically everything one person could do in the game, blazing trails every step of the way".

    Francis 'Bucko' Kilroy Obituary |

    Bucko began his playing career in 1943 with the wartime combined team of the Eagles and Steelers. He was a six time All-Pro guard for the Philadelphia Eagles during a 13 season playing career during the 1940s and 50s.

    After his playing career he worked in player personnel and scouting for the Philadelphia Eagles, Washington Redskins and Dallas Cowboys. He was also one of the founders of the National Football Scouting Combine. He was the Patriots general manager from 1979 to 1982 and vice-president from 1983 to 1993. He has been a scouting consultant for New England for the past 13 years.

    Bucko Kilroy, legendary NFL player and executive, dies at 86 |

    Kilroy was a member of the New England Patriots organization for the past 36 years, serving as personnel director (1971-78), general manager (1979-82), vice president (1983-93) and scouting consultant (1994-2007). He was a contributor to 14 of the club’s 15 playoff seasons, including all five of the franchise’s trips to the Super Bowl.

    In 1948 and 1949, his Eagles team became the only squad in history to post back-to-back shutouts in championship games. He once played in 146 consecutive games, then a league record, and was named to the NFL’s all-decade team for the 1940s. During his final three seasons with the Eagles, Kilroy was as a player/coach before serving as a full-time line coach for six seasons. He also served as the Eagles’ player personnel director during that time, becoming one of the five original talent scouts in the league. In 1962, he was named director of player personnel for the Washington Redskins and later served as a “super scout” for the Dallas Cowboys from 1966-1970 before joining the Patriots.

    Kilroy was revered in NFL scouting circles, having started many of the scouting services that became fixtures in the NFL. He was also one of the founders of the National Football Scouting Combine, one of the most important personnel events on the NFL’s current offseason calendar. While he was with the Cowboys’ personnel department, the team won five straight division championships. As personnel director of the Patriots, Kilroy was responsible for selecting the team’s two Pro Football Hall of Fame inductees, John Hannah (1973) and Mike Haynes (1976). He is credited with building some of the best teams in Patriots’ history, drafting Julius Adam, Hannah, Sam Cunningham, Steve Nelson, Russ Francis and Steve Grogan during his first five years as personnel director (1971-75). Over the next three years (1976-78), the Patriots compiled a 31-13 record (.705), including two playoff appearances. Over his 64-year career, Kilroy tutored numerous personnel analysts who went on to head NFL scouting departments.

    Bucko Kilroy, 86, N.F.L. Star and Executive, Dies | The New York Times

    He helped the Eagles win N.F.L. championships in 1948 and 1949. The Eagles rewarded each player on those teams with a $500 bonus and a cigarette lighter.

    “We got rings, too,” Kilroy recalled. “We bought them for $65.”

    He was a founder of the National Football Scouting Combine. In 1982, The Boston Globe called him “the man who helped create the science of pro scouting.” It added, “In a football sense, he is a genius.”

    The late Dick Steinberg, a Kilroy protégé who became general manager of the Jets, said in 1992: “He knows as much about pro football as anyone in history. He’s never been wrong in his life. He’s not what a lot of people think. He’s shrewd and organized.”

    He was a bear of a man, described this way by The Globe in 1992: “He looks, quite frankly, like an unmade bed. He is a big man in the way some bears seem big, barrel-chested, heavy-legged, white shirt popping out of his suit pants. He is solid in the sense of a piano, a man who does not tread lightly through a room.”

    Happy 46th birthday to Je'Rod Cherry
    Born May 30, 1973 in Charlotte, NC
    Patriot safety, 2001-2004; uniform #30


    The special teams standout signed with the Pats as a veteran free agent after having been with New Orleans for four seasons, Philly for one year, and Oakland briefly in the offseason. He had 50 regular season special teams tackles for the Pats in four seasons, and earned three rings in his nine playoff games with the Pats. Since retiring Cherry has worked as a pregame host and NFL analyst for a radio station in Cleveland.

    Cal grad Je'rod Cherry's Super Bowl ring is helping to raise 24 orphans in Thailand

    Je'Rod Cherry - A former Patriot with a true heart of gold

    Happy 30th birthday to Kamar Aiken
    Born May 30, 1989 in Hollywood, Florida
    Patriot WR, 2012-2013; uniform #16

    The Pats signed Aiken to their practice squad in mid-November of 2012. He was promoted to the 53-man roster on December 22 and was at that time most well known for being waived two days later, on Christmas Eve. He was brought back to the active roster on December 29 and finished the year with one game to his credit, with no stats. Aiken was part of roster cuts at the end of the 2013 training camp. He caught on with Baltimore, appearing in 48 games with 20 starts over the next three seasons.

    After spending 2017 and 2018 with Philly, Aiken is currently a free agent. His best season was with Baltimore in 2015 when he had 75 receptions for 944 yards and five touchdowns, averaging 12.6 yards per catch.


    Happy 32nd birthday to Jason Vega
    Born May 30, 1987 in Brockton
    Patriot DE, 2013; uniform #68

    The 6'4, 255 pound defensive lineman was one of the last players from Northeastern to make it to the NFL. The Patriots signed Vega after two seasons in the CFL, but he was cut in mid-August of 2013. He got into two games for the Cowboys later that season, then returned to Canada for four more seasons in the CFL before retiring from pro football.

    Happy 55th birthday to Wayne Coffey
    Born May 30, 1964 in Rantoul, Illinois
    Patriot WR, 1987; uniform #83

    Coffey was a strike-replacement player, catching three passes for 66 yards in those three games. He later spent several seasons playing arena football.

    Happy 62nd birthday to Eddie Hare
    Born May 30, 1957 in Ulysses, Kansas
    Patriot punter, 1979; uniform #8
    Pats 4th round (106th overall) selection of the 1979 draft, from Tulsa

    Kilroy and Chuck Fairbanks must have watched Tulsa upset Arkansas and really liked this punter. Unfortunately he averaged only 36.6 yards per punt in his one and only NFL season, and was waived-injured early in 1980.

    Other pro football players with New England area connections:
    - Dick Farley, 73 (May 30, 1946); DB for Chargers, 1968-69.
    Born in Danvers, Farley went to St John's Prep and Boston University. After his two NFL seasons Farley went on to have a long career at Williams as both football and track coach, and was inducted to the College Football Hall of Fame in 2006.
    - Bob Laraba (5/30/33 - 2/16/62); LB/P/QB for Chargers, 1960-61.
    Born in Sheldon Vermont, Laraba was an 8th round (95th overall) pick by Green Bay in 1959. He was killed in an automobile accident at the age of 28 shortly after the end of the '61 season.
    - Ralph Pasquariello (5/30/26 - 1/5/99); FB for Rams and Cardinals, 1950-52.
    Born in Boston and raised in Everett, he was the 9th overall pick in the 1950 draft.
    - Jim Tyree (5/30/22 - 4/16/10); end for 1948 Boston Yanks.
    - Swede Hummel (5/30/02 - 7/24/65); FB for 1926 Providence Steamroller.

    Notable NFL players born May 30:
    - Gale Sayers, 76 (May 30, 1943); Bears Hall of Fame RB.
    - Lydell Mitchell, 70 (May 30, 1949); Pro Bowl RB for the Baltimore Colts in the '70s.
    - John Alt, 57 (May 30, 1962); LT played 189 games for KC from 1984-96.
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    A Wild and Crazy JAG

    Happy 45th birthday to Steve Martin
    Born May 31, 1974 in St. Paul, Minnesota
    Patriot DT, 2002; uniform #90

    No relation to the wild and crazy comedian, the Patriots signed the 6-4, 320 lb veteran on April 3, 2002. A fifth round draft pick by the Colts in 1996 out of Missouri, he was viewed as a being a two-down player, superior against the run and average versus the pass.

    Martin played in 14 games with five starts while with the Patriots, but was unhappy with his decreased role and playing time - and let that be known to the New York press prior to an upcoming game against his prior team, the Jets. Aside from his not keeping these matters in house, this was also on the heels of a loss to Tennessee in which the Patriots allowed 238 yards rushing to drop to 8-6. The combination of a bit too much mouth and not enough run stuffing led to a swift pink slip, as Bill Belichick cut Martin while the ink on those newspapers was still wet.

    Steve Martin played in 127 games with 51 starts over nine NFL seasons, but never stayed in one place very long. His longest tenure was his first, two seasons plus a month in Indy. After that Martin played with the Eagles for a year and a half, then one season or less with the Chiefs, Jets, Patriots, Texans and Vikings.

    Other pro football players with New England area connections born today:
    - Jim Del Gaizo, 72 (May 31, 1947); QB 1972-1974.
    Born in Everett and an alum of Revere High School class of '65, Del Gaizo got a ring as a backup QB with the '72 Dolphins.
    - John LoVetere (5/31/36 - 10/27/12); DT 1959-65.
    Born in Boston, he made the Pro Bowl in '63 and played in 77 games for the Rams and Giants.
    - Colonel James 'Big Jim' Landrigan (5/31/23-6/24/74); offensive lineman for Colts and Steelers. Jim went to Wakefield High School, Holy Cross and Dartmouth.

    Notable NFL players born today:
    - Joe Namath, 76
    - Richard 'Batman' Wood, 66
    - Norm Johnson, 59
    - Jordy Nelson, 34
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    Kudo's for the great work on this, I enjoy the trip down memory lane... J'Rod Cherry is 46?? Jeez am I getting old.

    This thread should be a sticky on the top of this forum.. can a mod do that??
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    Foxboro Stadium is Demolished

    June 1, 2002: the demolition of Foxboro Stadium, which had begun in February a couple weeks after the AFCCG victory over Pittsburgh, was officially completed.


    15 years later, Foxboro Stadium is best remembered by its football finale |

    Remember This? Demolition of Foxboro Stadium Began 13 Years Ago This Week

    Foxboro Stadium was officially demolished 15 years ago today | Mike Reiss, espn

    Ah, the memories from Schaefer and Foxboro Stadium |






    Happy 51st birthday to Larry Centers
    Born June 1, 1968 in Tatum, Texas
    Patriot FB, 2003; uniform #31

    Larry Centers was one of the best pass receiving backs in the history of pro football. Unfortunately he was 35 years old and had lost a step when he signed with New England, with his primary contribution coming from his still prolific blocking skills. The Pats signed Centers at the start of training camp and he beat out Patrick Pass and Fred McCrary as the number one fullback to begin the 2003 season.

    Centers had 54 yards from scrimmage on five carries and four receptions in the week one 'they hate their coach' loss to Buffalo; that would turn out to be his most statistically productive game of the year. The Patriots cut Centers in order to activate Tully Banta-Cain from PUP after a week six 17-6 victory over the Giants, where he had one carry for a loss of two yards and no receptions on two targets.

    The Pats waived WR J.J. Stokes and re-signed Centers in mid-December for the final three games of the regular season. After the Colts had scored to cut the lead to 15-7 in the AFC Championship Game, Centers had a critical 28-yard catch-and-run that helped set up an Adam Vinatieri field goal and give the Pats an 11-point lead.

    Centers retired after earning his first super bowl ring in the championship victory over Carolina. His 827 career receptions is most for any running back in NFL history, and at the time he retired it ranked 7th most in league history. From October 24, 1993 to October 20, 2002 Centers caught a pass in 143 consecutive games. He held the NFL record for most receptions in a season by a running back (101 in 1995) for 19 years (surpassed by Matte Forte with 102 in 2014 and Christian McCaffrey with 107 in 2018), and was the first NFL running back to have 100 receptions in one season. The three-time Pro Bowler from Stephen F Austin State University was at his peak from 1994-96 when he scored 20 touchdowns and racked up 3,390 yards from scrimmage.


    Happy 55th birthday to Bob Bleier
    Born June 1, 1964 in Rochester, New York
    Patriot QB, 1987; uniform #10


    The cousin of Rocky Bleier was New England's starting quarterback when the NFL players went on strike in '87 and replacement players were used for three games. Bleier still ranks first in University of Richmond school history in most passing categories, but installing a productive pass offense in such a short time with no veterans was impossible for the replacements in '87. He is now a financial adviser and active in youth charitable organizations in western New York.

    University of Richmond Athletics Hall of Fame

    Bob Bleier was one of the most prolific passer in Richmond football history. He is first on Richmond's career lists with 1,169 career attempts, 672 completions, 8,057 passing yards and 54 passing touchdowns from 1983-86. Bleier owns three of the top five passing seasons in school history. He was Second Team All-Yankee Conference in 1986 and played in the Blue-Gray Game following that season. Bleier played for the New England Patriots of the National Football League in 1987.


    Bonadio director recognized for charitable efforts

    J. Robert "Bob" Bleier | Montage Wealth Management

    Prior to his 28 years in the financial services industry, Bob played professional football with the NFL New England Patriots. In 1991, he was named “The All Time Greatest Quarterback” at the University of Richmond. He has been inducted into three athletic Halls of Fame: Aquinas Institute, NYS Section V, and the University of Richmond. He is a frequent keynote speaker with a number of speaking engagements stressing his lifelong message, “If the opportunity comes, take it; if it doesn’t come, make it”.

    Happy 58th birthday to Jon Williams
    Born June 1, 1961 in Somerville, New Jersey
    Patriot KR/RB, 1984-1985; uniform #44
    Pats 3rd round (70th overall) selection in the 1984 draft, from Penn State


    Williams had a rough childhood: his father was in prison on a murder charge when he was nine, and three of his six siblings wound up being drug addicts. He somehow persevered and was part of a national championship team at Penn State. Unfortunately he blew out his knee his rookie season, and his pro football career lasted only nine games. Since then he has used his life experience to council at risk boys on making the right choices, and now works in sales for Federal Express.

    Jon Williams - Patriots Alumni

    Happy 59th birthday to Cedric Jones
    Born June 1, 1960 in Norfolk, Virginia
    Patriot WR, 1982-1990; uniform #83
    Pats 3rd round (56th overall) selection in the 1982 draft, out of Duke.


    Cedric Jones played in 120 games over nine seasons with the Patriots, scoring 16 touchdowns on 191 receptions for 2,703 yards. At that time he ranked 9th in career franchise receiving yardage (it is 20th now), 9th in receptions (20th) and 10th in TD receptions (22nd). Jones averaged 14.2 yards per reception but did not get a whole lot of passes thrown his way, as he was typically the fourth option after Stanley Morgan, Irving Fryar and RB Tony Collins.


    Jones did develop a niche as a trusted possession receiver. His best season was in 1989 when he had 48 receptions for 670 yards and six touchdowns. Part of his post-NFL career includes being the athletic director at the New York Athletic Club, catering in part to athletes focusing on the Olympics.

    Former Patriot WR, Cedric Jones Interview | Pro Interviews

    Where are they now? Cedric Jones |

    Happy 82nd birthday to Joe Biscaha
    Born June 1, 1937 in Clifton, New Jersey
    Patriot end, 1960; uniform #34

    After retiring from football in 1961, Biscaha spent 35 years as a teacher, coach and school administrator in Passaic County, New Jersey.


    One other pro football player born today with a New England connection:
    Joe Costello, 59 (June 1, 1960)
    Costello grew up in Stratford CT and went to Central Connecticut State.
    The linebacker played 31 games for the Falcons and Raiders from 1986-89 and also spent some time in the CFL and USFL.

    Other notable football players born June 1:
    - Alan Ameche, 4-time Pro Bowl RB and Heisman Trophy winner.
    - Ki Aldrich, 1st overall pick in '39 and C/LB/G for Cardinals and Washington.
    - Santana Moss, WR with 10,283 career receiving yards - and cousin to Patriot RB James White.
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    Replacement Players

    Only one Patriot birthday to celebrate today, and it is a replacement player.


    The third week of the 1987 season was cancelled due to the strike, but the owners had a plan in place for week four.

    New England Patriots fans wait on line outside old Sullivan Stadium to return their tickets for refunds.

    The Pats lost their first replacement game to Cleveland by the score of 20-10.

    Patriots fans wore bags over their heads as New England and Cleveland replacement teams played Oct. 4, 1987, at Sullivan Stadium.

    Game two went much better: Mike LeBlanc runs all over the Bills

    The Patriots, who last season became the first team in 20 years to average less than 3 yards a carry, accumulated 213 yards rushing Sunday as New England beat the Buffalo Bills 14-7.

    LeBlanc, recently released by Winnipeg of the CFL and signed by the Patriots as a replacement, gained 146 yards on 35 carries.

    While LeBlanc was running circles around the Bills before the smallest Sullivan Stadium crowd ever -- 11,878 rain-soaked fans - striking Patriots quietly walked the picket line.

    No incidents were reported on the New England picket line outside the stadium during the second week of demonstrations by striking NFL players at games played by replacement players.

    LeBlanc keyed a running attack that accumulated the most New England rushing yards since the final game of the 1985 season, the year in which the Patriots used a ground attack to reach the Super Bowl.

    By the third replacement game many of the regular players had crossed the picket line.

    Foxboro Stadium History: 1987 |

    After canceling one week of play, the league opted to continue with teams stocked with replacement players. Several Patriots, including Collins, Clayborn and Tippett, crossed the picket line and joined the motley crew assembled by general manager Patrick Sullivan. New England managed to win two of the three games played during the strike, including a memorable win against the Houston Oilers in the Astrodome.

    The Patriots had succeeded in acquiring former Boston College star quarterback Doug Flutie from the Chicago Bears during the strike for only an eighth-round draft choice. Flutie sparked New England to a 23-13 victory over Houston, completing 15-of-25 passes for 199 yards and a touchdown. Though Flutie’s acquisition had merely been intended as a stop-gap measure, his presence on the roster would spark a quarterback controversy that would last the better part of three years in Foxborough.

    Some of these articles are very lengthy, but they do give detailed facts (and interesting opinions) on the 1987 NFL strike.

    1987 NFL replacement players: a generation of fans doesn't know about them, but to the players, it doesn't matter. They're part of history | espn

    "Those players kind of considered themselves a cult, almost," said Brandt, a former Cowboys exec who's now an analyst for "Four or five of them got together and bought a used car for 500 bucks so they had transportation. They were a self-reliant group is what they were. I think the hardest thing they had to do was find a coat and tie to wear on an away game when we went to play the Jets.

    "It was refreshing. There were so many interesting, refreshing things that happened that year."

    So many stories. Like the time receiver Cornell Burbage reached into the stands during a road game at New York, grabbed a package and placed it under the bench. It was a box of laundry Burbage's sister had washed for him. He couldn't afford to have his clothes cleaned at the hotel.

    On This Date in Sports: October 4, 1987 | Barstool Sports

    The replacement rosters were full of players who were cut in training camp and played in the USFL and CFL. Though cracks began forming in the union right away, as 15% of the NFL crossed the picket line to play with the scabs. Among the players who crossed the picket line were Howie Long of the Los Angeles Raiders, Tony Dorsett, and Randy White each from the Dallas Cowboys, Mark Gastineau of the New York Jets, Doug Flutie of the New England Patriots, Steve Largent of the Seattle Seahawks and Joe Montana of the San Francisco 49ers. Despite their presence, the fan reaction to the scab games was overwhelmingly negative as most games had less than 10,000 fans per game. Nowhere was the reaction worse than in Philadelphia where the Teamsters and fans joined the NFLPA on the picket line and drove around Veteran’s Stadium honking their horns, as less than 5,000 fans attended the Eagles game against the Chicago Bears.

    With some teams having players cross the picket lines and other teams being made up completely of replacement players some of the games were incredibly lopsided.

    The 1987 Strike Players Created The Modern NFL | Deadspin

    As the CBA talks broke down that year, a quote that to this day is widely attributed to Dallas Cowboys president Tex Schramm started making the rounds. “You guys are cattle and we’re the ranchers,” Schramm supposedly told NFLPA executive director Gene Upshaw during a late-stage bargaining session in September 1987. “And ranchers can always get more cattle.”

    And that sentiment—that the players were fungible, disposable, and not entitled even to the modicum of agency they had—was impossible to miss. The explanation of the owners’ tactics was left to Hugh Culverhouse of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, a notorious skinflint and historically negligent owner. On Culverhouse’s watch, the Bucs once lost at least 10 games in 12 consecutive seasons. He ran the Bucs on such a shoestring that players were reduced to grabbing lunch at a local fast-food drive-thru after taping up for practice. Yet when it came to replacing striking players with scabs, Culverhouse uttered a line that to this day remains the league’s failsafe when it wants assert its power over the players: “It’s in the best interests of protecting the integrity of the game.”

    So much of what’s happened since—from players’ inability to secure more guaranteed contracts to the league’s manipulation and denial of the science of brain trauma to the heavy-handedness of the league’s discipline—can be traced to the ’87 strike. It’s hard, drawing the line between then and now, not to view that time as the birth of the modern NFL.

    The strike that drained the last bit of innocence from the NFL | NY Post

    In some ways, it is impossible to explain to folks too young to have cared in 1987 just how devastating the ’87 football strike was. There have been other work stoppages that crushed the masses’ sporting soul. The ’94 baseball strike was long and ugly. The NHL once lost an entire season to a lockout. The NBA has had shortened seasons to accommodate protracted lockouts. All of them bring their own share of collateral damage.

    None of them match what happened 30 years ago this month, though. For one thing, the solidarity that had marked prior strikes proved a sad joke in this one: fully 15 percent of the union membership would cross picket lines, including a number of high-profile players, including Lawrence Taylor, including Joe Montana.

    That would have been dispiriting enough.

    But the NFL’s owners, prepped for war, instituted something they called “replacement players,” something the rest of the world called “scab players,” and the images were awful: buses being attacked, players being egged and then, worst of all, the reality of scab football.

    Review of Three-Week Professionals: Inside the 1987 NFL Players Strike | Sport in American History

    Chapter three provides insight from former NFL coach Les Steckel, who was an “offensive assistant” for the New England Patriots in 1987 (p. 40). Chapter four captures the experience of wide receiver Larry Linne, who signed on as a replacement player for the New England Patriots and was kept on for the entire season. Chapter five looks at the replacement play of the Los Angeles Rams, a team that welcomed now infamous West Coast rapper Marion “Suge” Knight to suit up.

    Through these perspectives and Kluck’s lively breakdown of the replacement games, the work shows how much the league has changed since 1987, impacted by 1980s conversations on labor and ownership, economics and play, branding and image, and health and safety. He reveals how by striking the players both lost and won.

    Replacements as a Labor Weapon | Berkeley Law School

    In Foxboro, New England Patriots fans were divided amongst strike supporters and ticket holders. Picketers shouted “Shame, shame, shame” while the game attendees shouted “Game, game, game.” Violence, however, was notably absent in Massachusetts.

    Owners knew that the fact that the games counted toward the playoff race meant having their superstars cross would give them a huge leg up on the competition (not to mention further break the back of the union). Some owners attempted to do more than simply ask nicely. For William Sullivan, Jr., the owner of the Patriots in 1987, the answer to his problems was to air his grievances directly by appealing to Lin Dawson with a heartfelt letter. The relevant portion of the long rambling letter was its conclusion. Sullivan stated, “I might say that I am not as proud of the Patriots as I once was. Indeed, I am ashamed of them and cannot wait the conclusion of this event to see if I can get someone else to buy the contracts of people who have acted in such an unfair manner.” Dawson, in responding to this perceived threat of future action, got upset and filed a complaint with the NLRB.

    Despite a near total loss on almost all counts of the action, the NLRB’s weak enforcement remedies arguably resulted in a win for the league.

    Happy 57th birthday to Clay Pickering
    Born June 2, 1961 in Jacksonville, Florida
    Patriot WR, 1987; uniform #48

    The 6'5" Pickering played both football and basketball in college, and was one of four Maine Black Bears to play for the Pats, though it was brief. After being Ventroned by the Bears and Bengals for three years, Pickering joined the Patriots for the final strike/replacement player game in '87, with one catch for ten yards.

    Other pro football players born today with New England area connections:
    Pat Hughes, 69 (June 2, 1947); Boston University class of 1970
    The Everett native was a captain of BU's 9-1 1969 team that went to the Pasadena Bowl. Hughes played linebacker in 141 games over ten NFL seasons with the Giants and Saints.

    Mike Evans, 49 (June 2, 1967)
    Evans went to Cushing Academy in Ashburnham, and was a DT for Kansas City in 1992.

    Harry Curran (June 2, 1894)
    The Marlboro native and UMass alum was a halfback for the 1920-21 Chicago Cardinals.

    From the wayback machine:
    - Andy Kowalski (6/2/20); end for the 1945 Boston Yanks.
    - Steve Sierocinski (6/2/23); tackle for the 1946 Boston Yanks.

    Some other NFL players born today include:
    - Andy McCollum (6/2/70); C/G played in 199 games from '95-'08.
    - Garo Yepremian (6/2/44); two-time All-Pro kicker is most well known for his ill-advised Super Bowl pass.
    - Hoby Brenner (6/2/59); 13-season TE for the Saints.
    - Lawrence McCutcheon (6/2/50); RB gained 8,377 yards from scrimmage from '72-'81, mostly with the Rams.
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    A Productive Rental

    Happy 32nd birthday to Jonathan Casillas
    Born June 3, 1987 in Jersey City, New Jersey
    Patriot LB, 2014; uniform#52

    The Patriots acquired Casillas for next to nothing in late October 2014 trade. The Pats received a sixth round pick plus Casillas in exchange for their own fifth round pick prior to the week 9 game versus Denver. In other words the Pats moved down just nine spots, from selection #168 to #177 for the linebacker.


    Casillas played in all eight remaining regular season games with three starts, totaling 28 tackles (19 solo) and a forced fumble; he also played in all three postseason games. The former Wisconsin Badger has two superbowl rings: one with the Saints in SB44 (he was the Saint who recovered the onside kick to start the second half in the victory over the Colts), and a second one with the Pats in SB49 against the Seahawks. Following that he cashed in on a nice payday, while being able to play close to his childhood home. Casillas signed a 3-year, $10.5 million contract with the Giants in free agency - where he was able to at least see the playbook.

    Happy 85th birthday to Bill Danenhauer
    Born June 3, 1934 in Clay Center, Kansas
    Patriot DE, 1960; uniform #77

    Originally drafted late by the Colts in 1956, Bill Danenhauer played in three games for the Pats in their inaugural season. He also played with his brother Eldon, a two-time all star, in Denver in 1960. As far as I can tell he is not related to the former pro football player turned wrestler from the nineties that shares the same name.

    1960 Boston Patriots

    Other pro football players with New England area connections born on this date:

    Roger Caron, 55 (6/3/62); Norwell HS class of '80; Harvard class of '85.
    The tackle was a 5th round pick by the Colts; Caron played in 10 games with one start for Indy. He then spent 28 years as a college coach, including 20 at Pomona College.

    Ted Williams (6/3/16-10/30/93); Gloucester High School, Boston College.
    The single wing back was the 18th overall pick in the 1942 draft for the Eagles, and in 1944 he was the left halfback for the Boston Yanks.

    Bill Joyce (6/3/95-8/29/74); Pittsfield High School and Holy Cross.
    Quarterback for the 1920 Detroit Heralds.

    Notable pro football players born June 3:

    - Brandon Moore, 37 (June 3, 1980); forever famous for being the butt in the buttfumble.


    - Frank Nesser (6/3/1899); part of perhaps the largest family of pro football players, Nesser was one of six brothers to play, and also had a brother-in-law and two nephews play in the NFL.

    - Sam Mills (6/3/59-4/18/05); 5-time Pro Bowl LB played in 181 games.

    - Emmitt Thomas, 74 (6/3/43); Hall of Fame CB for the Chiefs had 58 interceptions, went to five Pro Bowls and won a ring for Super Bowl IV.

    - Lee Roy Caffey (6/3/41-1/18/94); Packers linebacker was part of three NFL championship teams.
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    A pair of mediocre mid-round draft picks

    Happy 27th birthday to Geneo Grissom
    Born June 4, 1992 in Hutchinson Kansas
    Patriot DE, 2015 - 2018; uniform #92
    Pats 3rd round (97th overall) selection of the 2015 draft, from Oklahoma

    Grissom appeared in all but one game his rookie season, with 130 snaps (11.9%) as a backup on defense, and 142 snaps (28.9%) on special teams. In 2016 he was cut at the end of training camp and signed to the practice squad. Grissom was re-signed on October 15 when Jonathan Freeney went on IR. He played in 11 games in 2016, plus all three playoff games. He appeared in just 11 snaps on defense for the season, but had the sixth-most special teams appearances (250 snaps, 55.9%). Grissom was one of ten players with over 15 snaps in Super Bowl 51, with 17.

    2017 was similar back and forth. Grissom began the season on the practice squad after being cut at the end of training camp. Three weeks later he was promoted when Vincent Valentine went on Injured Reserve, then went back to the practice squad when Martellus Bennett was signed in early November. On December 2nd Ricky jean Francois was cut, and Grissom spent the rest of the year on the main roster. In eight games he appeared in 26 defensive snaps, and 153 special team snaps.


    In 2018 Grissom made the roster out of training camp, but appeared in just four of the first nine games. His only extended action (20 defensive snaps) came in the week two loss to Jacksonville. Grissom's final game as a Patriot was the week nine SNF victory over Green Bay.

    Over the course of four seasons the Patriots went 29-9 in the 38 games that Grissom played. He had 14 tackles (7 solo), 3 tackles for a loss, one quarterback hit and one sack. Grissom was on the field for 190 defensive snaps (130 in his rookie season) and 610 special team snaps. His best game came in the 2017-18 playoffs versus Tennessee when he had two sacks and a tackle for a loss. After being cut he signed with the Colts, but saw no playing time. Grissom is now with the New Orleans Saints.

    Happy 55th birthday to Teddy Garcia
    Born June 4, 1964 in Caddo Parish, Louisiana
    Patriot kicker, 1988; uniform #7
    Pats 4th round (100th overall) selection in the 1988 draft, from NE Louisiana (now University of Louisiana at Monroe)

    For every successful special teams draft pick such as Stephen Gostkowski, there are a couple like this one. In 1986 Tony Franklin made the Pro Bowl, leading the league in field goals made on 32/41 attempts. In '87 he started to regress, making 15 of 26 - and only 10 out of 21 attempts from the 30 yard line or beyond. Raymond Berry was looking for a replacement.

    The 32-year old Franklin was let go and the Patriots drafted Garcia, with hopes that he would be as productive as punter Rich Camarillo. Garcia was awful, making only six of 13 field goal attempts (46%) - and also managed to connect on just 11 of 16 point afters. He filled in for a few games with the Vikings and Oilers over the next two years, and then spent two seasons in NFL Europe.


    Happy 81st birthday to Pat Studstill
    Born June 4, 1938 in Shreveport, Louisiana
    Patriot punter, 1972; uniform #2

    The Patriots signed Studstill for the final season of his NFL career at the age of 34. He played in all 14 games with 75 punts, averaging a career low 38.1 yards. While with Detroit in 1962 he led the NFL with 29 punt returns for 457 yards, averaging 15.8 yards per return. In '65 he led the league for the first of three times in number of punts, with 78. The following season he made the Pro Bowl for the second time, leading the league with 1,266 yards receiving.

    Beside the fact that he had versatility (punter, punt returner, kick returner and flanker) that would make Bill Belichick drool, Studstill is also known for being the last NFL player to not wear a face mask.


    Happy 49th birthday to Ronnie Harris
    Born June 4, 1970 in Granada Hills, California
    Patriot PR/KR/WR, 1993-1994; uniform #84

    Ronnie Harris appeared in six games for the Patriots, with 26 punt returns (8.7 ypr), six kick returns (15.0 ypr) and one reception for 11 yards. He ended up playing in 69 games over seven NFL seasons, mostly with Seattle and also some with Atlanta. Harris is now a pastor in Washington.


    Other pro football players with New England connections:

    Bernie Finn (6/4/07 - 9/26/93); went to Holy Cross and was a wing back in the thirties.

    Len Watters (6/4/98 -1 2/10/86); end was one of six players from Springfield College to play in the NFL.

    Johnny McQuade (6/4/95 - 12/24/80); from Manchester NH, was a back on the 1922 Canton Bulldogs.

    Tom Kennedy (6/4/20 - 11/19/06); born in Pittsfield, played tackle briefly for the Detroit Lions.

    Deck Shelley (6/4/06 - 12/17/68); back from the thirties played for the Providence Steamroller.

    Other pro football players born today include:

    - Jim Lachey, 56 (6/4/63); after Doug Williams led Washington to a superbowl victory, Jay Schroeder asked to be traded. Joe Gibbs obliged, sending the QB to the Raiders for Lachey in one of the more lopsided trades in NFL history. Lachey went on to be a first team All Pro selection in each of the next three seasons and win a superbowl ring, while Schroeder soon faded away.

    - Bryan Hinkle, 60 (6/4/59); starting OLB with the Steelers for most of the 80s.

    - Ed Newman, 68 (6/4/51); four-time Pro Bowl guard for the Dolphins is now a judge in Miami.

    - Alex Brown, 40 (6/4/79); Bears defensive end played in 143 games, with 45.5 sacks.
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    Kevin Faulk

    Happy 43rd birthday to Kevin Faulk
    Born June 5, 1976 in Lafayette, Louisiana
    Patriot RB/PR/KR, 1999-2011; uniform #33
    Pats 2nd round (46th overall) selection of the 1999 draft, from LSU

    The 3 time superbowl champion is a member of the Pats 50th Anniversary Team and the Patriots Hall of Fame. The defender of the wall ranks 5th in team history with 3607 rushing yards, 13th with 3701 receiving yards, 8th with 943 punt return yards and first with 4098 kick return yards. Faulk is 1st in franchise history with 12,340 all purpose yards, 1st with 5041 return yards, and 5th with 7308 yards from scrimmage. His 1577 touches is a close 2nd to Sam Cunningham (1595), and he also played in 19 playoff games.


    LSU Sports Hall of Fame: Kevin Faulk (2006)

    An All-American and a three-time All-SEC selection, Kevin Faulk finished his career as LSU’s all-time leading rusher while breaking a plethora of other LSU and SEC marks ... Held 17 LSU and SEC records ... Rushed for 4,557 yards and 46 touchdowns in his career ... Finished fourth in NCAA history and first in SEC history with 6,833 all-purpose yards ... SEC record was previously held by Georgia legend Herschel Walker ... Had 53 total touchdowns ...

    5/18/2016 - Kevin Faulk elected into Patriots Hall of Fame |

    The New England Patriots announced today that Kevin Faulk, a three-time Super Bowl champion, has been voted by the fans as the 25th entrant into the Patriots Hall of Fame. Faulk joins Troy Brown (2012) and Tedy Bruschi (2013) as the third player to enter The Hall as a career Patriot with three Super Bowl rings. He is also just the fifth player to be selected by the fans into the Patriots Hall of Fame in their first year of eligibility, joining Drew Bledsoe (2011), Brown, Bruschi and Ty Law (2014).

    LSU Sports - Football Coaching Staff

    Kevin Faulk, the leading rusher in LSU history and three-time Super Bowl Champion, is in his second year on the football staff as director of player development. Faulk joined the LSU football staff in January of 2018.

    As LSU’s Director of Player Development, Faulk works with LSU’s football student-athletes on their academic direction, social development and overall quality of life with the goal of enhancing their development in the classroom, the community and on the football field

    6/4/2018 - LSU's Kevin Faulk among group on College Football Hall of Fame ballot

    One of the all-time LSU greats and a member of the Louisiana Sports, LSU Athletic and New England Patriots Halls of Fame, Faulk helped lead the Tigers to three bowl appearances from 1995-97. He earned first team Associated Press All-America honors as an all-purpose back in 1996.

    Happy 31st birthday to Ryan Mallett
    Born June 5, 1988 in Batesville, Arkansas
    Patriot QB, 2011-2013; uniform #15
    Pats 3rd round (74th overall) selection of the 2011 draft, from Arkansas

    Concerns about Mallett's drinking and motivation caused him to fall from the first round to third in the draft. He appeared in just four games over three seasons, going 1-4 for 17 yards and one interception. The Pats had enough faith in Mallett to retain him and waive Brian Hoyer in 2012. In a bit of trivia, Mallett was the QB who was retained when Tim Tebow was cut in 2013. Pats fans hoped he would fetch a bounty like Matt Cassel did when he was traded, but were disappointed when in August of 2014 all the Patriots received from Houston was a 6th round pick. After screwing up with the Texans, Mallett became Joe Flacco's backup in Baltimore.

    Ryan Mallett appeared in 21 NFL games, going 3-5 in eight starts. He completed 55% of his passes, with nine touchdowns and ten interceptions. Mallett last played in 2017.


    Happy 30th birthday to James Ferentz
    Born June 5, 1989 in Iowa City, Iowa
    Patriot OL, 2017-present; uniform #59 (2017), #66 (2018)

    The Iowa grad spent two seasons in Denver, appearing in 20 games in 2015-2016. His father Kirk worked with Bill Belichick in Cleveland and New England, and his brother Brian was formerly the Pats tight end coach. James Ferentz spent most of 2017 and 2018 on the Pats practice squad. He appeared in two games for the Patriots in 2018, with eight offensive snaps and eight special team snaps.

    How James Ferentz went from flooring work to Super Bowl 50


    Happy 43rd birthday to Torry Holt
    Born June 5, 1976 in Greensboro, North Carolina
    Patriots WR, 2010 (off season); uniform #84

    The Pats brought in the 34 year old veteran to compete with David Patten, Brandon Tate, rookie Taylor Price and a young Julian Edelman as a receiver to play opposite Randy Moss. He was signed to a one-year, $1.7 million contract but a knee injury ended his season (and career) in mid August. Holt was named to 7 Pro Bowls and twice led the league in receiving yards, finishing his NFL career with 920 receptions (20th), 13,382 receiving yards (16th) and 74 receiving touchdowns (34th).


    Other players born on this date with New England connections:
    Megs Apsit (6/5/09 - 12/22/08); TB/LB/DB/K/KR/P/PR spent a few years in the NFL, including 1933 for the Boston Redskins.

    Art Donovan (6/5/25 - 8/4/2013) went to Boston College. The Baltimore Colt defensive tackle went to five straight Pro Bowls in the fifties and is in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

    And a couple other notable NFL players born today:
    - Saints WR Marques Colston, 36; 711 receptions for 9759 yards and 72 TD.
    - Browns HoF FB/KR/LB Marion Motley (6/5/20), twice led the league in rushing.
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    Today in Patriots History
    June 6 Birthdays

    Happy 52nd birthday to Michael Timpson
    Born June 6, 1967 in Baxley, Georgia
    Patriot WR, 1989-1994; uniform #45 and #83
    Pats 4th round (100th overall) pick in the 1989 draft, from Penn State

    Timpson played in 70 games over six seasons with the Pats, catching 172 passes for 2,472 yards and eight touchdowns. His final year with the Pats was his best, catching 74 passes for 941 yards. Timpson was also one of the players fined in the Lisa Olson incident. After leaving New England he played three more NFL seasons, and now coaches high school football.


    Happy 54th birthday to Jamie Morris
    Born June 6, 1965 in Southern Pines, North Carolina
    Patriot KR/RB, 1990; uniform #24

    The brother of Giants RB Joe Morris grew up in Ayer MA, and was a 4th round pick by Washington in '89. He played in five games for the Pats, with 11 kick returns plus two rushes for four yards.

    Jamie Morris went on to football greatness, but never forgot his Åyer roots


    Happy 39th birthday to Gene Mruczkowski
    Born June 6, 1980 in Cleveland, Ohio
    Patriot G/C, 2003-2006, 2008; uniform #64


    The Purdue alum was undrafted and spent 2003 on IR. He appeared in 18 games for the Patriots, then spent 2007 with the Dolphins. The Pats re-signed him in June of 2008 but he then retired at the start of training camp.

    Happy birthday to Tom Dimitroff
    Born June 6, 1935 in Barberton, Ohio
    Died January 20, 1996 at the age of 60
    Patriot QB, 1960; uniform #15


    The senior Dimitroff is the father of the namesake former Patriot director of college scouting and current Atlanta Falcon general manager. Tom Dimitroff played for the Ottawa Rough Riders in the CFL for two seasons and came out of retirement to play in the AFL, appearing in a few games with the Patriots. He later spent 18 seasons as a coach, executive and scout.

    Happy 45th birthday to Rico Clark
    Born June 6, 1974 in Atlanta
    Patriot CB, 1999; uniform #39


    Rico Clark appeared in only one game with the Patriots. Over three NFL seasons he played in 29 games, and later played in NFL Europe and the XFL.

    Other pro football players born today with New England connections:

    Mike Croel, 48 (June 6, 1969); Lincoln-Sudbury High School
    The linebacker was the fourth overall pick in the 1991 draft by Denver, and played in 102 games over seven seasons in the NFL.

    Stu Clancy (June 6, 1965); Branford CT native and Holy Cross alum.
    The tailback spent six seasons in the NFL in the thirties.

    Mark Carlson, 56 (June 6, 1963); born in Milford CT, went to the Morgan School in Clinton CT, Boston University and then Southern Connecticut State.
    Mark Carlson was an OT for Washington during the 1987 replacement games.

    Jack Peavey, 56 (June 6, 1963); born in Attleboro, grew up in Foxboro, went to Springfield College and then Troy State. He was on the Pats practice squad in '85 and played in the three replacement games for Denver in '87.
    Jake Peavey then went on to spend more than twenty years at various levels coaching high school and college football.

    Les Murdock, 78 (June 6, 1941); born in Boston, the kicker (no relation to Roger) played four games with the Giants in 1967 and also played semi pro football with New Bedford.

    Other NFL players born on June 6 include:
    - Bobby Mitchell, 84; Hall of Fame WR/HB/KR for Cleveland and Washington.
    - Dave Grayson, 80; great AFL CB for Chiefs and Raiders had 48 interceptions.
    - Olindo Mare, 46; Dolphins kicker.

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