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Sad News as Former Patriot,Team Dentist, Bill Lenkaitis Passes Away

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August 29, 2016 at 1:15 pm ET

Sad News as Former Patriot,Team Dentist, Bill Lenkaitis Passes Away(PHOTO: David Butler II - USA TODAY Sports)
Posted: Aug 29, 2016 01:15
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Over the weekend, the New England Patriots released some sad news, announcing that team dentist and former center Bill Lenkaitis passed away on Saturday at the age of 70 following a battle with brain cancer.

A Penn State Nittany Lion, Lenkaitis was drafted in the secound round of the 1968 AFL Draft by the San Diego Chargers, playing his first three seasons there before moving onto the Patriots for the next 11 seasons.

Lenkaitis’ most notable achievement came in the Patriots historic 1978 season where he assisted on an offensive line that helped produce the most rushing yards in a single season at 3,165, a record that still stands today. He was a mainstay on the line for the Patriots, starting 119 games over his career and appearing in 151.

Lenkaitis earned a dental degree from the University of Tennesssee while still actively playing football and opened his own private practice in Foxboro for the past 40 years following retirement, while also servicing the Patriots dental needs.

Patriots owner Rober Kraft shared his thoughts on Lenkaitis’ passing;

“Bill centered one of the greatest offensive lines, not just in franchise history, but in NFL history…As a season ticket holder during his playing days, I was a fan of the player he was on the field. But, in my 22 years of ownership, I became an even bigger fan of the person he was off the field. He was a big man with an even bigger personality and a huge heart. As a Patriots alumnus, he remained active in our communities and regularly volunteered to support out Foundation’s many initiatives. He was a great Patriots ambassador and he will be missed. We extend our sincerest condolences to his family, friends and former teammates.”

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