Today in Patriots History Rod McSwain, Tommy Hodson January 28, 1969: Day One (rounds 1-12) of the 1969 common draft is held at the Belmont Plaza in New York City. USC running back OJ Simpson goes first overall. Boston general manager George Sauer seems to be interested in a high number of small school prospects for the Pats. The Patriots select Florida State split end Ron Sellers with the sixth overall pick. The Pats then add Colorado guard Mike Montler in the second round, New Mexico Highlands RB Carl Garrett in the third, Alabama A&M QB Onree Jackson in round five, New Mexico State tackle Rick Hackley in the seventh, and Notre Dame RB Bob Gladieux #188 overall in round eight. The Pats also drafted San Jose State guard Steve Alexakos, Albany State DE Joe Walker, Wyoming safety Dennis Develin, Boston College receiver Barry Gallup and Grambling DT Richard Lee in rounds 9-12. January 28, 1970: Day two (rounds 8-17) of the 1970 draft saw the Pats select nine players. The only one of note was ninth round defensive end Dennis Wirgowski from Purdue, who played in 37 games with 26 starts with the Pats. January 28, 1971: The first seven rounds of the 1971 NFL Draft are held at the Belmont Plaza Hotel in New York. With the first overall pick the Boston Patriots select Jim Plunkett, the 1970 Heisman Trophy quarterback from Stanford. At the top of the second round the Pats select Julius Adams, a defensive tackle from Texas Southern. Other day one picks are Notre Dame LB Tim Kelly to start the fifth round, and Kentucky TE David Hardt with the first choice of the sixth round. Neither ever made it to the NFL. Kelly did not make the roster as a rookie and then played in the CFL; Hardt was injured in the first preseason game to ever be played at Schaefer Stadium, ending his pro football career. January 28, 1975: The first seven rounds of the 1975 NFL Draft are held at the Hilton at Rockefeller Center. Cal QB Steve Bartkowski goes first overall to Atlanta. Chuck Fairbanks had a nice draft in his third year as head coach and GM. The Pats landed Oregon TE Russ Francis 16th overall, Oklahoma LB Rod Shoate in the second, USC running back Allen Carter in round four, and QB Steve Grogan in the fifth round. Other Day One draftees were Pete Cusick, Steve Burks, Steve Freeman and Lawrence Williams. January 28, 2020: Dante Scarnecchia, perhaps the greatest offensive line coach in NFL history, retires after 34 years with the Patriots. Happy 58th birthday to Rod McSwain Born January 28, 1962 in Rutherford County, NC Patriot CB/S, 1984-1990; uniform #23 Acquired in a trade with Atlanta on August 27, 1984 for an 8th round draft pick Rodney McSwain was a third round draft pick out of Clemson by Atlanta in '84. The Falcons traded the rookie to the Pats on August 27 as they attempted to get down to the 49 man roster limit, in exchange for New England's 8th round 1985 pick. That turned out to be a very good trade for New England. Over seven seasons McSwain played in 90 regular season games and five playoff games with the Patriots. He was primarily utilized as a special teams ace, occasionally filling in at corner if Raymond Clayborn or Ronnie Lippett were injured or in nickel and dime defenses. The 1990 season was his only year as a starter, at strong safety. Despite multiple shoulder surgeries and hamstring injuries over his career, McSwain persevered and was a solid player; he was part of the swarming defense that squished the fish and won the AFC Championship in 1986. McSwain did have some key plays over his career. In '86 he blocked a punt against the Rams and returned it 31 yards for TD; then in the final regular season game at Miami on December 22nd he intercepted a Dan Marino pass with 36 seconds left to play to seal a 34-27 victory. Two weeks later McSwain picked off John Elway, though the Patriots did lose that playoff game at Denver. After being waived by the Pats in 1991 McSwain spent two seasons in the high point of the Arena Football League in Detroit, winning an AFL championship in 1992 and being named first team All-Arena in 1993. Statistics 90 regular season games played 6 interceptions 2 fumble recoveries 5 playoff games, with one interception Rod McSwain - Patriots.com Rodney McSwain | ArenaFan.com Since 1995 Rod McSwain has been employed by Carolina Container in Hickory NC, where he is the Director of Human Resources. Happy 53rd birthday to Tommy Hodson Born January 28, 1967 in LaFourche Parish, LA Patriot QB 1990-1992; uniform #13 Pats 3rd round (59th overall) selection of the 1990 draft, from LSU As a newcomer to living in SEC country at that time, I was very excited when the Patriots drafted Tommy Hodson: he was an exciting player to watch that had led his team to multiple victories over top-ten ranked teams. Unfortunately he never lived up to those hopes as a pro quarterback - though to be fair, he was in a no-win situation with the Victor Kiam/Rod Rust-era Patriots. Hodson appeared in 32 games for the Patriots with 12 starts; the Pats went just 1-11 in those games. To get an idea of how bad those teams were, Hodson was sacked 41 times for a cumulative loss of 300 yards - despite having only 315 pass attempts. He was released near the end of the 1993 training camp when new coach Bill Parcells elected to go with Scott Secules and Scott Zolak as backup quarterbacks behind Drew Bledsoe. Tommy Hodson Bio - LSU Tigers Athletics Arguably the best quarterback in LSU history ... One of the most prolific passers in the history of the Southeastern Conference ... Chosen All-SEC for four years in a row by at least one of the major wire services ... Passed for 9,115 yards in his career, becoming the first 9,000-yard passer in SEC history ... Holds the LSU record for total yards with 8,938 (-117 yards rushing, 9,115 yards passing) ... Maintains the LSU record for touchdown passes in a career with 69 ... Averaged the most yards per game passing over a career in LSU history with 203.1 yards per game over 44 contests ... First player in SEC history to throw for over 2,000 yards in four straight seasons ... Threw for over 200 or more yards 26 times ... Started all but one game over his four year career ... Leads all LSU quarterbacks with 31 career victories ... Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame inductee Tom Hodson still king of LSU QBs | NOLA.com A Mathews, La. native, his numbers in the aforementioned categories were also the best in the SEC when he finished in 1989. In his first start, he guided the Tigers to a 35-17 upset victory against No. 7-ranked Texas A&M, and later etched his name into LSU lore permanently with the game-winning touchdown pass with 1:47 left in the "Earthquake Game" victory against No. 4 Auburn in 1988. Hodson was also a two-sport star at Central Lafourche High School, guiding the Trojans to a 13-1 record and passing for 4,361 yards and 36 TDs as a senior. As a basketball player, he averaged 27.4 points a game his senior and had serious recruiting offers in that sport. Great article from February of 2005: Catching Up With Tommy Hodson | Boston.com Hodson showed signs of what made him legendary at LSU with the Patriots, but never had a consistent opportunity to play an entire season. During his time with New England, Hodson played under Rod Rust in 1990 and Dick MacPherson in 1991 and 1992. The team struggled, going 1-15 under Rust and 6-10 and 2-14 under MacPherson, but despite the struggles Hodson enjoyed his time here. “I loved it there and Boston is a great city,” said Hodson “I grew up in the south and love the south, but it was a great experience to be in the northeast because it’s a different culture, different climate and there is a lot of history. “I had some great teammates and had a great experience. I met a lot of nice people and unfortunately we didn’t have a lot of success when I was there.” After being released by the Patriots, Hodson was picked up by the Miami Dolphins, where he spent half of the 1993 season and one week in 1994. Hodson then played one more year in the NFL with the New Orleans Saints (1995). “Although I didn’t have great success as a professional I played six years and it was a great honor to play in the NFL,” said Hodson. “I am grateful I was able to play six years.” As far as the current Patriots, Hodson has enjoyed watching them win two of the last three Super Bowls and feels they are the pick to win the Super Bowl once again this year over the Philadelphia Eagles. “Certainly it would be great if I could be on some of these Patriots teams now,” said Hodson. “I enjoy watching them and pull for them every week. I am a Patriots fan.” Getting in the game: Tommy Hodson - Baton Rouge Business Report Following his professional football career, a friend guided Hodson into a career in financial services. After six years in wealth management, Hodson felt ready to make a change. It was then that he and Jamie Howard, a fellow LSU quarterback, teamed up on Howard’s business idea. Howard’s relatives own Howard Industries—the largest manufacturer and distributor of transformers in the country—and needed manufacturer representatives in Louisiana and Arkansas. JTH Agencies was born. Ten years later the company is growing, now representing 10 different companies and ready to hire more employees. Happy 37th birthday to Titus Adams Born January 28, 1983 in Omaha Patriot DE, 2008-2009; uniform #62 Signed as a free agent on July 24, 2008 After being released by the Bengals, the Pats signed Titus Adams at the start of the 2008 training camp. He was waived as part of roster cuts on August 30, then signed to the practice squad two days later. In 2009 Adams was again waived during roster cutdowns, and again re-signed to the practice squad. On December 9 Titus was promoted to the 53-man roster after CB Bret Lockett was placed on injured reserve. Adams played in two games before being waived on December 31. He had two tackles, one solo in victories over Carolina and Buffalo. Two other pro football players born today with New England connections: Fred DiRenzo, 59 (1961) Went to college at New Haven Was a FB in 1987 with the Giants Enid Thomas (1897 - 1968) Was a wingback for the 1926 Hartford Blues Today in Pro Football History: Packers Hire Vince Lombardi Today in Pro Football History January 28, 1959: Vince Lombardi Hired as Head Coach/GM of Packers Lombardi was not the most innovative head coach in pro football history, but he was outstanding at adapting other coaches’ methods and was a great teacher and motivator. When it came to the fundamentals, and performing the basics well, Lombardi’s teams excelled. The power sweep was the signature play of his offense over the years, and the Packers ran it with skill because they practiced it relentlessly and executed with precision. Over nine seasons, the Packers compiled an 89-29-4 regular season record under Lombardi’s guidance, for a .754 winning percentage, and were 9-1 in the postseason. Considering his significant influence on coaching methods and the game in general, his nine years with Green Bay (he also coached one last year in Washington in 1969) seems surprisingly brief. But he set a standard for pro football coaches that others in the years since have sought to measure up to; it is only fitting that the Super Bowl winner’s trophy is named after him.