Today in Patriots History 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 | Boston.com 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 | SouthCoastToday.com 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 | patriots.com 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.