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    Today in Patriots History
    Pats defeat Eagles to win Super Bowl


    Sunday February 6, 2005 at 6:30
    Super Bowl 39 at Alltel Stadium in Jacksonville, Florida
    New England Patriots 24, Philadelphia Eagles 21
    Head Coaches: Bill Belichick, Andy Reid
    Quarterbacks: Tom Brady, Donovan McNabb
    Odds: New England favored by 7

    Patriots finish 17-2, defeating their playoff opponents by a combined score of 85-51
    Eagles finally win the NFC on their fourth consecutive attempt, finishing 15-4

    MVP Deion Branch catches a super bowl record eleven passes for 133 yards and Rodney Harrison intercepts two passes, but all the national media seems to focus on is Philadelphia: Donovan McNabb puking, Terrell Owens going for 122 yards on a bad leg, and Andy Reid being completely unaware of the clock.


    Donovan McNabb can't take the heat:



    Super Bowl 39 Highlights:



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    Today in Patriots History
    Ty Warren



    Happy 39th birthday to Ty Warren
    Born Feb 6, 1981 in Bryan, Texas
    Patriot DE/DT, 2003-2010; uniform #94
    Pats first round (13th overall) selection of the 2003 draft, from Texas A&M

    The draft pick used on Ty Warren had a curious route before landing in Foxboro. Initially the Jets received that pick from Washington as compensation for the loss of restricted free agent WR Laveranues Coles. The Jets then packaged that pick with another first and a fourth in a trade with the Bears to move up to the #4 draft slot, where they chose DeWayne Robertson; Chicago used the latter first round pick on QB Rex Grossman. The Patriots then used the #14 overall pick - one that was acquired from Buffalo for Drew Bledsoe - together with a sixth round pick to move up one slot to draft Warren.

    Ty Warren went on to become a very solid player, perhaps a bit underappreciated by the media and some fans due to his role as a space eater on the line. He played in 106 regular season games for New England when players like Richard Seymour, Willie McGinest, Ty Law and Tedy Bruschi received much of the recognition on defense. Warren had 37 tackles for a loss, 20.5 sacks, six fumble recoveries and 376 tackles. He also played in 16 playoff games for the Pats, earning a pair of super bowl rings.

    The Patriots thought so highly enough of Warren that he was named a captain, and given a five year, $35 million contract in 2007. He suffered a hip injury early in the 2010 training camp and spent the season on injured reserve, then released at the start of training camp in 2011.

    Ty Warren is a member of the New England Patriots All-Decade Team of the 2000s.

    Ty Warren is out for season with hip injury | Mike Reiss, espn

    Warren said he could have played through the pain, but he had concerns about the long-term effects it could have on his career.

    "I didn't want to be laboring around and not looking myself," Warren said.

    Losing Warren is a big blow to the Patriots, as he's been a fixture at left defensive end in the team's 3-4 alignment. He has started 92 of 105 games since the Patriots selected him in the first round of the 2003 NFL Draft, recording 496 tackles, 20.5 sacks and four forced fumbles.

    "It's a tough break for Ty, but we have to move on," Patriots coach Bill Belichick said Friday. "He's missed quite a bit of time the last couple of years. We've had to deal with that anyway. It's unfortunate, but unfortunately that's part of the game. We'll just move ahead."


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    Ty Warren selected to Texas A&M Athletics Hall of Fame

    Ty Warren no longer in running to be Somerville football coach

    More information released on drowning at Ty Warren's home

    Former A&M DT Ty Warren talks coaching, daughter signing with A&M

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    Jacksonville was a horrible Super Bowl experience ... Houston & New Orleans were much better
     
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    I have been to Jacksonville once or twice, and cannot imagine having a Super Bowl there. I recall a handful of bars and restaurants at Jackson Landing - kind of small, but an okay place. But other than that, you walk a few blocks and nothing. Nowhere near enough hotels - didn't they have to bring in cruise ships and use them as temporary hotels? I don't understand why the NFL didn't see that and reject the bid for that reason alone. Not enough rooms or restaurants, and not enough things to do other than go to the beach is a recipe for a bad super bowl experience.

    If I recall correctly there were parking issues too. The stadium has plenty of parking for the Florida-Georgia game, but the NFL wanted to use so much of that space for their own events and social networking, etc. that there was not enough to accomodate ticket holders. Again, the NFL should have foreseen that when studying the bid.

    I know the NFL has a long history of rewarding a city that uses tax dollars to fund a new stadium by letting them host a Super Bowl, but this was an issue that should have been foreseen by both sides. I would say that the blame for that experience falls on the NFL far more than the city.


    Wasn't this the game that there was also a major issue with the toilets not working?
     
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    The Jacksonville Landing was the center of the "action" which of course located half a city away from the NFL Experience .... And 30 minutes to the beaches, where all the bars were... And we were staying an hour north of the city in georgia because there were no hotels... Our seats at the game were in temporary seating erected for the game... I swear if I didn't get the tickets from the Patriots STH lottery, I would have thought we were getting fake tickets because they weren't on any normal seating chart...

    One good thing though, I did meet Ron Jaworski there... When I get home will check my comp, see if I have the pic...
     
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    Tom Tupa
    and other February 6 birthdays


    Besides Ty Warren, Tom Tupa and two other former New England Patriots celebrate a birthday today.


    Happy 54th birthday to Tom Tupa
    Born Feb 6, 1966 in Cleveland; hometown: Brecksville, Ohio
    Patriot P/QB, 1996-1998; uniform #19
    Signed as a veteran free agent on March 15, 1996

    Tom Tupa was originally drafted by the Phoenix Cardinals in the third round of the 1988 draft. He punted for all four years at Ohio State but did not become a starting quarterback until he was a senior, after backing up Mike Tomczak. In the NFL he was a starting quarterback for only one season in Phoenix, then took over punting duties in 1994 in Cleveland under Bill Belichick. The Hoodie loves versatility in his players, and that made Tupa very valuable. Being a punter and backup QB saved a roster spot for another player, and his experience as a quarterback made him a genuine threat to pass out of a punting formation.

    Tupa averaged 44.7 yards per punt in his three seasons with the Patriots, making him one of the better punters in franchise history. In 1999 he left to sign with the Jets, who played the Pats in week one. Tupa was forced to play quarterback after Vinny Testaverde went out with a torn achilles, and he went 6-10 for 165 yards with two touchdown passes against the Patriots. That same year he was named as the first team All Pro at punter.

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    Patriots-Jets, Week One 1999 (7:48):



    Tom played in 220 NFL games from 1988 to 2004. He was the AFC Special Teams Player of the Week five times, and of the month once. He ranked in the top ten for yards per punt eight times, including three times in the top three.

    For a bit of trivia Tom Tupa was the first player in NFL history to score a two-point conversion. He is a member of the New England Patriots All-Decade Team of the 1990s as their punter. In his post-NFL life Tupa returned to his Ohio hometown as their Recreation Director, and is also the offensive coordinator on the high school football team.




    Happy 75th birthday to Gary Bugenhagen
    Born Feb 6, 1945 in Buffalo; hometown: Clarence, NY
    Patriot guard, 1970; uniform #67

    Gary was originally a fourth round draft pick by the Bills in 1967, from Syracuse. The Bengals selected him a year later in the AFL expansion draft, and in 1969 he was playing for the Indianapolis Capitals of the minor league Continental Football League. The 1970 Patriots could use whatever help they could find, and signed him as a veteran free agent. Bugenhagen played in ten games with seven starts for the Patriots in 1970. The Pats waived him on August 2, 1971, ending his pro football career. Since then he has worked in the real estate business in central New York.

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    Bugenhagen earned 1966 All-American honors at SU. Bugenhagen aided fellow All-American Larry Csonka in rushing for 1,012 yards in 1966. He was part of a team that holds the seventh-best rushing record in SU history (431 yards vs. West Virginia). He was named to Syracuse University's All-Century team in November, 1999.​




    Happy birthday to Doug McDougald
    Born Feb 6, 1957 in Fayetteville, North Carolina
    Patriot DE, 1980; uniform #70
    Pats fifth round (124th overall) selection of the 1980 draft, from Virginia Polytechnic Institute

    The 6'5 Virginia Tech Hokie played in each of the first three games as a rookie with the Patriots in 1980. He didn't play again until mid-November due to an injury, reactivated on November 21. McDougald played in the final five games of the season as well, but that turned out to be his one and only season in the NFL.




    February 6, 1969:
    John Mazur is hired as offensive coordinator by new head coach Clive Rush.
    Mazur had been the offensive backfield coach for Buffalo since 1962, and prior to that was an assistant coach at Boston University.




    Other football players born on this date with a New England connection:

    Eric Frampton, 36 (1984)
    Draft Pick Trade
    The Patriots were very thin at wide receiver in 2006, and on September 2nd of that year they traded a fifth round pick to Oakland for WR Doug Gabriel. The Raiders used that pick on Frampton; the safety and special teamer would go on to play in the NFL for seven seasons.

    Ryan LaCasse, 37 (1983)
    Born and raised in Stoughton MA; Stoughton High School
    A 7th round pick by the Ravens, the linebacker was part of Indy's 2006 super bowl championship team.

    Nathan Davis, 46 (1974)
    Born in Hartford, CT
    The defensive end was a second round pick by Atlanta in 1997; he was also later with the Cowboys and Broncos.

    Ralph Calcagni (1922-1948)
    Boston Yanks
    The Pennsylvania native was an NFL tackle in the forties. He was a lieutenant in WWII and died at the age of 26 due to gangrene in his small intestine.

    Jimmy Kennedy (1900-1974)
    Born in Boston; raised in Somersworth, NH; Boston College, Holy Cross
    Fullback for the Buffalo Bisons, 1925.
     
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    February 7 is a slow news day in the history of the New England Patriots.


    February 7, 1983:
    Rod Rust is hired as defensive coordinator by Ron Meyer.

    Rust had been the DC for the Kansas City Chiefs since 1978. He began his coaching career as an assistant at New Mexico in 1960, then held the same position at Stanford for four years. In 1967 Rust became the head coach at North Texas State, then defensive coordinator for the CFL's Montreal Alouettes from 1973-1975. The following year Rust moved to the NFL as a linebackers coach, a position he held for two seasons before moving to KC.

    In Foxborough Rust replaced Jim Mora, who accepted a job as head coach of the Philadelphia Stars of the USFL. Mora would win two championships in the USFL before the league disbanded, then coached for the Saints and Colts for 15 years.

    Jim Mora responds to Peyton Manning's 4-interception performance:

    See what happens when you throw Peyton under the bus? Your NFL career is over.


    Rust was a central figure of the drama that led to Meyer being fired. Meyer fired Rust after a 44-24 loss to Miami in the middle of the 1984 season without notifying general manager Patrick Sullivan. The GM wasn't bothered by Meyer's decision to make a change, but he was extremely upset about being kept out of the loop and hearing about the move second hand. The next day Rust was reinstated and Meyer was fired, despite the team having a winning record at that time.


    On December 18, 1978 Rust was also in the middle of more Patriot drama. News that Chuck Fairbanks would leave the Patriots to coach at Colorado had leaked out, which infuriated the Sullivans. Fairbanks was suspended for the final game of the regular season. Rather than choose one coach to be the interim head coach, it was decided that the Pats would use two head coaches: their offensive coordinator would be the head coach when the Patriots had the ball, and the defensive coordinator would be in charge when the opponent had the ball. No word on what happened on punts and kickoffs.

    In 1990 the Patriots hired Rust to be their head coach. The timing for him could not have been any worse, as the distractions from the Lisa Olson incident proved to be far too much to handle. After that Rust continued to coach in the NFL and CFL as a defensive coordinator and linebackers coach until he was 77, in 2005.




    Before moving on to Patriot birthdays, let's stick with Peyton for a moment.

    February 7, 2010 in Miami
    Super Bowl 44

    Tracy Porter's Pick-Six off Peyton Manning:

    Former Patriot TE David 'Wendy's' Thomas earned a super bowl ring in this game with New Orleans, a bit of retribution after having been beaten by the Colts when he was with the Pats in the 2006 AFC championship game.




    One pro football player born on this date with a New England connection:

    Happy 65th birthday to Rolf Benirschke
    Born February 7, 1955 in Boston
    The kicker was the Walter Payton Man of the Year in 1983 and made the Pro Bowl in 1982, playing for the Chargers from 1977 to 1986.
     
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    Today in Patriots History
    Eric Alexander



    Happy 38th birthday to Eric Alexander
    Born February 8, 1982 in Tyler, Texas
    Patriot LB, 2004-2009; uniform #49, #51
    Signed as an undrafted rookie from LSU on April 28, 2004

    Eric Alexander was waived at the end of training camp in 2004 and 2005, and spent most of those two seasons on New England's practice squad. He was allocated to NFL Europe before finally spending 14 games with the Pats in 2006. Alexander was a special teams ace and backup linebacker from '06-'09, with the exception of 2008 when he spent all but one game on injured reserve. He played in 45 regular season games plus seven playoff games in a Patriot uniform, and earned a ring from super bowl 39.

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    Alexander is unfortunately most remembered for the 2006 AFC championship game - despite having ten solo tackles, a forced fumble, a tackle for a loss, a pass defensed and a quarterback hit. Pats fans forget that part and instead remember one replay where his back is turned and you can see his name and number. He was the player who was beaten by Colt WR Bradley Fletcher for a 32-yard gain on Indy's game winning drive in Indy's 38-34 victory.

    The forgotten part of that event is that happened due to the Patriot defensive philosophy of taking away an opponent's top offensive threats - in this case Marvin Harrison and Reggie Wayne. The tactic worked - very well. Those two were limited to a combined nine receptions on twenty passes thrown in their direction, plus three coverage sacks when they were blanketed. However that strategy ultimately left a 240 pound linebacker covering a speedy number three receiver down the sideline with no safety help, and the rest is history.

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    Eric Alexander - Patriots Alumni

    10/9/05 - Pats Sign LB Eric Alexander from Practice Squad; Release C Gene Mruczkowski

    11/23/09 - Extension for Eric Alexander | Mike Reiss

    LinkedIn - Eric Alexander






    Happy 31st birthday to Justin Francis
    Born February 8, 1989 in Opa-Locka, Florida
    Patriot DE, 2012; uniform #94
    Signed as an undrafted rookie free agent on May 4, 2012, from Rutgers

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    Nov 11, 2012: Justin Francis sacks Ryan Fitzgerald

    11/4/2012 - Football journey: Justin Francis | Mike Reiss
    • 10 games played
    • 3 sacks
    • 9 tackles (6) solo
    • 4 tackles for a loss
    • 7 quarterback hits
    Justin Francis was part of the Greg Schiano / Rutgers-to-Foxboro pipeline. His teammates with the Scarlet Knights included future Patriots Duron Harmon, Logan Ryan, Devin McCourty, Jonathan Freeny, Steve Beauharnais, Alex Silvestro, Jason McCourty, Tiquan Underwood, Alex Silvestro, Tim Wright and Mohamed Sanu.

    In a surprise move Justin Francis was released on August 31, 2013. He later agreed to an injury settlement (high ankle sprain).

    Francis was later with the Portland Thunder and Portland Steel of the Arena Football League, and the Nebraska Danger of the Indoor Football League. He last played in 2016.




    Happy 48th birthday to Marcus Pollard
    Born February 8, 1972 in Valley, Alabama
    Patriot TE, 2008 offseason; uniform #87
    Signed as a veteran free agent on April 23, 2008


    • Released on August 19, 2008
    • NFL career stats: 192 games; 349 receptions; 40 TD; 4,280 yards

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    7/26/08 - Marcus Pollard thrilled to be with the Patriots | Boston Herald

    8/19/08 - Patriots release TE Marcus Pollard; Sign Tyson DeVree | Patriots.com

    8/19/08 - Patriots cut Marcus Pollard | AP/ESPN

    The New England Patriots released 13-year veteran tight end Marcus Pollard on Tuesday.

    They also signed rookie tight end Tyson DeVree, who joins Benjamin Watson, David Thomas and Stephen Spach at that position.

    Pollard signed with the Patriots on April 23 after being released by Seattle, where he spent one season. He played his first 10 seasons with Indianapolis and two with Detroit.

    "It wasn't really going to work out here the way that we had hoped and he had hoped," coach Bill Belichick said. "At the same time, there are still a couple preseason games left and time before the season opener and I think there are some other teams that are looking for tight ends and maybe there is a better opportunity for him somewhere else."

    In 191 games, including 133 starts, Pollard caught 349 passes for 4,280 yards and 40 touchdowns. Last season, he had 28 catches for 273 yards and two touchdowns in 14 games.

    DeVree originally signed with the Patriots on May 5 as a rookie free agent and was released on June 11. He played two seasons at Western Michigan and two at Colorado.




    February 8, 1960:
    The Patriots hire Lou Saban as the franchise's first head coach.


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    Lou Saban, 87, first coach of Patriots | The Boston Globe

    But it was the winter of 1960 when Mr. Saban, who had played football in college and then with the Cleveland Browns under the great Paul Brown, was picked by Ed McKeever and team owner Billy Sullivan to build the first Patriots team.

    In a 1994 interview with Globe sportswriter Michael Madden, Mr. Saban recalled the obstacles he faced.

    "The thing is, we started so late," he said. "We were the last team. All the good players were gone. . . . We had to take what was left over.

    "We had tryouts in the city of Boston from one end to the other. We had bricklayers, we had carpenters, we had stoker men . . . you name it, we had it."

    In time a team was formed, a hardworking one. But the Patriots went 5-9 for the season.

    "We just never wanted to look bad," Mr. Saban recalled. "We wanted to show we could play so the NFL wouldn't make fun of us."

    As his second season began, Mr. Saban was shoring up his defensive line, bringing in some talented young players, and just as "we were starting to have a team," he was fired, he told Madden. Sullivan replaced him with Mike Holovak, who went on to win seven games. "No hard feelings," Mr. Saban said. "Mr. Sullivan owned the team. He could do what he wants. I've always felt that way."

    Mr. Saban, who was 95-99-7 in 16 seasons of pro football, was also president of the New York Yankees from 1981 to '82.

    "He has been my friend and mentor for over 50 years, and one of the people who helped shape my life," Steinbrenner said yesterday in a statement.

    Patriots chairman Robert Kraft also honored Mr. Saban yesterday.

    "A part of his football legacy will forever be linked to many of the firsts in our franchise's history," Kraft said in a statement. "This season, we will be celebrating the Patriots' 50th anniversary and reflecting back on that inaugural season. It should give us all cause to appreciate Lou's many contributions during the Patriots' formative years."
     
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    Apparently Lou Saban is Nick Saban's second cousin. The connections between BB and Nick are interesting.
     
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    For whatever reason I just thought it was a coincidence that Lou and Nick shared the same last name.


    There are definitely plenty of similarities between BB and Nick; it is noticeable even if you don't know they once worked together or that they communicate with each other frequently.
     
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    Going back to SB XLIX in Jacksonville ... Ron Jaworski at Jacksonville Landing

    Edit should have been 39 not 38... My bad

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    Eureka!!!!

    Finally, something or someone in Patriots history for us to really be ashamed of, other than the treatment of Darryl Stingley and Leon Gray.

    Whew! That literally took years...
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    Vince was the brightest young head coaching prospect in football, spending five years as an assistant with the Giants. However, it was made clear to him that he was never going to be head coach of the Brooklyn native's home town team -- due to his Italian extraction.

    During the 1950's, Green Bay was aptly known as the "Siberia" of football. In those days when owners in pro sports had all power over players, if anyone acted out, missed curfew etc., all a coach had to do was sit the guy down, and say: "If you don't shape up, we're trading you to Green Bay." Problem solved. You'd have no trouble with that person ever again. In 1958, the Packers finished at 1–10–1, the worst record in Packer history. The players were dispirited, the Packer shareholders were disheartened, and the Green Bay community was enraged. The angst in Green Bay extended to the NFL as a whole, as the financial viability and the very existence of the Green Bay Packer franchise were in jeopardy [Sound familiar?]. On February 2, 1959, Lombardi accepted the position of head coach and general manager. He packed up his family and headed to a town in the Midwest that didn't even appear on a map.

    Lombardi did not clean house. He kept the same players he inherited.

    In his first meeting with players, Lombardi stated: "I am not remotely interested in being good."

    That's called setting the bar where it belongs. At the top.

    No team has won three straight titles since his Pack.
     
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    Today in Patriots History: Logan Ryan

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    Logan Ryan never missed a game while with the Patriots, appearing in 64 games with 40 starts. He had 13 interceptions, including a 79 yard pick-six off Geno Smith - and also appeared in ten playoff games for New England, with the Patriots going 8-2 in those contests.

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    For those with click aversion:

    Happy 29th birthday to Logan Ryan
    Born February 9, 1991 in Berlin, New Jersey
    Patriot CB, 2013-2016; uniform #26
    Pats 3rd round (83rd overall) selection of the 2013 draft, from Rutgers

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    Logan Ryan never missed a game while with the Patriots, appearing in 64 games with 40 starts. In the regular season he had 13 interceptions, including a 79 yard pick-six off Geno Smith.




    During his time in Foxborough the corner made 259 tackles (202 solo) with 2½ sacks, four forced fumbles, five tackles for a loss and six quarterback hits.




    Logan Ryan also appeared in ten playoff games for New England, with the Patriots going 8-2 in those contests. He earned rings for Super Bowl victories over Seattle and Atlanta. He was on the field for 976 defensive snaps in 2015 (89%) and 897 in 2016 (86%), and for all but one defensive snap in the five 2016 and 2017 postseason games. Ryan’s fourth quarter interception against Houston that he ran back to the six yard line – just after the Texans had scored – set up the game clinching touchdown run by Dion Lewis.


    Tennessee lured Ryan away in 2017 with a three year, $30 million contract. That was a nice payday for Logan, and he is due for one more. Ryan will be a coveted cornerback in free agency in 2020.




    Happy 49th birthday to Pat O’Neill
    Born February 9, 1971 at Scott Air Force Base, Illinois
    Patriot punter and kicker, 1994-1995; uniform #5
    Pats 5th round (135th overall) selection of the 1994 draft, from Syracuse

    Doctor Patrick O’Neill handled kickoffs and punts with the Patriots for a year and a half. He could have gone on to have a much longer NFL career, but instead put his brain power to use for a better purpose.

    The Big, Slow Guy Wins the Race for the Football | New York Times

    Late in the third quarter, with the Jets leading, 13-10, the Patriots faced fourth down and 7 yards to go from New York’s 31-yard line. It seemed time for a 49-yard field goal attempt but the Patriots’ kicker, Matt Bahr, while making 23 of 28 this year, had not kicked one beyond 48 yards.

    The Patriots sent out their field-goal team – but with Pat O’Neill, the punter and long-distance field-goal kicker, rather than Bahr. Everyone expected a field-goal attempt – everyone except Scott Zolak, the holder. On the sideline, he was told to call the fake.

    The Jets lined up for a field goal, but Zolak called the signal that said it would be a fake. Zolak put his hands out to take the supposed snap. Instead, it went directly to O’Neill, who kicked a soft punt instead.

    The ball landed on the 10-yard line and bounced toward the end zone. A team expecting a punt would have had someone back there to block anyone trying to down the ball short of the end zone. But the Jets were expecting a field-goal attempt and had no one stationed deep. Todd Rucci, the 291-pound guard for the Patriots, had clear sailing past Ronnie Lott. He downed the football on the 1, and the Jets had their backs to the goal.

    Three plays later on third-and-6, Boomer Esiason passed for Ryan Yarborough. Ricky Reynolds intercepted and ran 11 yards for a touchdown – and the Patriots led, 17-13.


    NFL punter becomes a surgeon | Sarasota Herald

    The trick play sparked the Patriots to their fourth straight win after a miserable start. They kept it up through their last game, tying Miami’s record at 10-6 and winning a wild-card playoff berth.

    The Patriots drew the Cleveland Browns in the first round, and O’Neill pulled off another trick play, throwing a pass for a first down. Percentage-wise, he had a better day than quarterback Drew Bledsoe, who threw three interceptions in a 20-13 loss.

    That first year he averaged 41 yards per punt, good for playing half his games at open, wind-swept Foxboro. It placed him 10th in the 14-team league, but less than a yard off the average punter. He also hit the fourth-longest punt of any kicker that year.

    The numbers, though, masked a challenging season. Punting looks simple on television, but November brings cold and trials invisible to the cameras.

    “The ball’s a piece of stone, the wind blows, you have no footing because the grass won’t grow and the field doesn’t absorb moisture,” he said.

    In the end, despite the highlight-reel moments, despite the trip to the playoffs, it was disappointing.

    “There were games where I was as good as anyone I’d seen. Then there were games I didn’t do well,” he said recently, at the end of a day of seeing patients. “At some point, I said, ‘I like this, but is it worth it?’”

    So that off-season, while his teammates rested, he tackled something in some ways more arduous than training camp: He took the MCAT, the medical school admission test.


    Dr. Patrick J. O’Neill | Patrick J. O’Neill, MD

    Dr. O’Neill is highly trained in the latest non-surgical and surgical treatments for a wide range of disorders of the foot and ankle. He treats sports-related injuries, tendon disorders, foot and ankle trauma, diabetes, nerve disorders, rheumatoid and osteoarthritis, heel pain, bunions, hammer toes, and amputations. Any area of the foot and ankle may be involved, including the forefoot, midfoot, hindfoot, or ankle. Patients may have either simple common problems, or more complex problems which could require complicated reconstructive procedures.

    While at Syracuse University, Dr. O’Neill excelled both on and off the playing field. Some of his academic accomplishments include Academic All-American and University Scholar, Syracuse’s highest honor. Dr. O’Neill was also a member of the Syracuse Orangemen football team as a Punter and Kicker, and was ultimately named to the All-20th Century Football Team. Upon leaving Syracuse, Dr. O’Neill was drafted in the 5th round of the NFL draft by the New England Patriots, and in his first year he was named the NFL All-rookie Punter.




    Happy 45th birthday to Terry Billups
    Born February 9, 1975 in Wiesbaden, Germany
    Patriot CB, 1999; uniform #23

    Terry Billups went undrafted out of North Carolina, and spent time with Dallas in 1998. In ’99 he played for the Rhein Fire in NFL Europe, and also saw action in two games for the Patriots. With four tackles in one game against Baltimore he is okay in my book.

    Billups is another player who has had a nice professional post-NFL career. He was a federal law clerk in Illinois, then an attorney in Cleveland from 2006 to 2014. He then worked as general counsel at Ursuline College for over five years, and opened his own law firm in 2019.




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

    Dan Ross would have been 63 today
    Born Feb 9, 1957 in Malden
    Went to Everett High School and Northeastern


    Ex-Bengal Ross, Super Bowl record holder, dies at 49 | espn

    Ross was the Bengals’ second-round choice in the 1979 draft, the 30th player selected overall that year. He earned a starting berth as a rookie and notched 41 catches for 516 yards and one touchdown. In his first five seasons with the Bengals, Ross posted more than 40 receptions every year, and he averaged 51.4 catches and 628.2 yards and scored 16 touchdowns.

    His best season was in 1981, when Ross had 71 receptions for 910 yards and five touchdowns. Following that season, in a Super Bowl XVI loss to the San Francisco 49ers, he had 11 catches for 104 yards and two touchdowns. The 11 receptions remain a Super Bowl record shared by Jerry Rice of the 49ers and Deion Branch of the New England Patriots.


    Ross left the Bengals following the 1983 season to sign with the New Orleans Breakers of the USFL. He returned to Cincinnati in 1985 and split that season between the Bengals and Seattle Seahawks. His final season in the NFL was in 1986 with the Green Bay Packers.

    In 104 regular-season games, Ross had 290 receptions for 3,419 yards and 19 touchdowns. He appeared in the 1983 Pro Bowl game.



    Dom Principe
    Born Feb 9, 1917 in Brockton
    Sandwiched around his time in the war, the Brockton High School alum was a fullback for the NFL’s New York Giants and AAFC Brooklyn Dodgers.



    Tommy Myers
    Born Feb 9, 1901 in New Britain CT
    The Fordham Flash was a blocking back for a couple seasons in the twenties.



    Dick King
    Born February 9, 1895 in Boston
    Richard Stewart Cutter King went to Boston Latin High School and Harvard University. He was a coach and roadshow star fullback-wingback-tailback before the NFL was the NFL, when semi-pro teams toured middle america. In NFL’s infancy King played for teams like the Hammond Pros, Milwaukee Badgers, Rochester Jeffersons and St. Louis All-Stars. King was an anomaly, a married Harvard student working his way through college to pay for the two children he had by the age of twenty. He later made headlines marrying a twice-divorced woman, then died a mysterious death at the age of 35 in Bogata, Columbia.
     
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