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Patriots 50 Greatest Players #23

Raymond Clayborn #23 – Clayborn had a superb career with the Patriots, making the Pro Bowl 3 times. As a rookie, he returned 28 kickoffs for 869 yards and a league leading 3 touchdowns, giving him an NFL best 31 yards per return average. His best season was in 1985, recording 6 interceptions and assisting his team to a championship appearance in Super Bowl XX and recovered a fumble in the game. Clayborn finished his career with 36 interceptions, which he returned for 555 yards and a touchdown. He also returned 57 kickoffs for 1,538 yards and 3 touchdowns, and recovered 4 fumbles. At the time of his retirement, his 36 interceptions were a Patriots record. He played his college ball at the University of Texas at Austin where he was drafted in the 1st round, (16th overall) by the Patriots in 1977.

Patriots 50 Greatest Players #22

Vito "Babe" Parilli #22 – “Babe” played quarterback for the Patriots from 1961-67 and threw for more than 20,000 yards during his career. Parilli was voted to three American Football League All-Star teams and was named the AFL Comeback Player of the Year in 1966 when he threw for 3,441 yards and 31 touchdowns. In addition to his skills as a quarterback, Parilli became known as an excellent kick holder and earned the nickname "gold finger." The combination of holder/quarterback Parilli and kicker/wide receiver Gino Cappelletti came to be known as the "Grand Opera." In 1993, Parilli was inducted into the Patriots Hall of Fame. In 1982, Parilli was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame for his collegiate career under Bear Bryant at the University of Kentucky.

Patriots 50 Greatest Players #24

Gino Cappelletti #24 – Gino played for his college football at the University of Minnesota. In 1960 he came to the Patriots, from all places, Canada where he played for five years. He lead the American Football leagues in scoring five times and led or tied the NFL in scoring five times as well. Gino was the AFL’s Most Valuable Player in 1964 when he scored 155 points. He is only one of twenty players who were in the AFL for its entire ten year existence, and one of three who played every game their teams played in the AFL as well. Gino is the only AFL/NFL Player to run for a 2 point conversion, throw a pass for a 2 point conversion, catch a pass, intercept a pass, return a punt and a kickoff in the same season. Gino can now be heard sitting alongside Gil Santos as color man on the Patriots Rock Radio Network for all the Patriots broadcasts.

Patriots 50 Greatest Players #25

Sam Cunningham #25 – Sam played for the Patriots for nine seasons, appearing in 107 games from 1973-79 and 81-82. He is the Patriots' all-time rushing leader with 5,453 yards and his 43 rushing touchdowns are second in team history only to Jim Nance. He was a first round draft pick in 1973 out of USC and will always be known affectionately as “Sam Bam” Cunningham. 1978 was his best year as a pro in which he made his only appearance in a Pro Bowl accumulating 1.065 total offensive yards. Sam was inducted into the Patriots Hall of Fame in 2011 beating out Jon Morris and Houston Antwine.

Patriots 50 Greatest Players #26

Wes Welker #26 - While it might seem not high enough on the list for some, Wes has had a four good seasons with the Patriots. He was acquired by the Patriots from the Miami Dolphins on March 5, 2007 in exchange for a second and seventh round selection in the 2007 NFL Draft. He was originally signed as a rookie free agent by the San Diego Chargers in the spring of 2004. He has earned three consecutive Pro Bowl honors following the 2008, 2009, and 2010 seasons. Welker owns the top three single-season reception totals in Patriots history, with a team-record 123 in 2009, 112 catches in 2007 and 111 in 2008. As a Miami Dolphin in 2004, Wes became the first player in NFL history to return a punt, return a kick, kick a field goal, kick an extra point and return a kickoff in the same game. He accomplished the feat against the Patriots. While 2010 was a comeback season for Wes after his torn ACL, it will unfortunately be remembered for his attics with the infamous “foot” references in his pre-playoff press conference against the Jets. Something I think her regrets.

Patriots 50 Greatest Players #27

Asante Samuel #27 – Asante was drafted 120th overall in the fourth round of the 2003 draft. He played a significant role in the Patriots three Super Bowl seasons. In 2006, Samuel was part of a Patriots secondary that allowed just 10 touchdown passes by opponents, a mark that led the NFL and stands as the fewest allowed in team history for a single season. As part of the deal, he signed his tag contract for 2006 with the stipulation that he would not be tagged at the end of the 2007 season. This came about as Asante left the team and went to the Philadelphia Eagles after the 2007 season as a free agent. He will be remembered as a corner that will take chances by jumping routes for interceptions.

Welcome to our 2011 Draft Edition

Hi gang,

     Welcome to our 2011 Draft Edition of the ESNSNEPFC Web page. We wanted to share with you who our picks were for this year. It is always an exciting time of year. Even with the issues with the NFL/NFLPA, this somehow creates a sense of hope in an otherwise dreary time. We hope you enjoy and learn a bit about the "NEW" Patriots. Let's hope that they get together and figure it out to start playing football.




Paul & Shelly


Patritos Draft 2011

#7 Pick Lee Smith, tightend from Marshall. He is a great blocking tightend and more than likely will be the obvious replacement for Alge Crumpler. There are some people that think he could eventually turn into a offensive lineman. Unlike our two rookies from last year, he doesn't have that breakaway field-stretcher ability, but he is a big target at 6' 6" 265lbs.



#8 Pick Markell Carter, outside linebacker from Central Arkansas.At 6'4', 252 lbs and 4.70 speed in his forty he should be a nice addition to the Patriots 3-4 defense. This is the sort of pick we felt the Pats would have been targeting in the earlier rounds, but better late than never. It will be nice to see how this plays out.


Patriots Draft 2011

#4 Pick Stevan Ridley, running back from LSU. He is the complete opposite of Vereen. He is a down field runner, north/south is his strong suit. Unlike Vereen he struggles in the passing game coming out of the backfield. Don't look for him to be in the game during passing situations.




#5 Pick, Ryan Mallett, QB out of Arkansas. He has incredible talent, but fell on the draft board due to some character issues. New England is a good spot for this young talent to land as he will have the tutoridge of Tom Brady for the next three years or so. This should bode well in helping develop both physically as well as emotionally. This pick makes sense for the Patriots as it does come with some risk/reward. At worst he doesn't work out. At best, we may have our next Tom Brady that could be our quarterback of the future. Or he could be used for future trade value.


#6 Pick, Marcus Cannon, ofensive lineman out of TCU. I don't know about you but I am a bit surprised they went with another OL considering their defensive needs. Add to that he was diagnosed with non-hodgkins lymphoma at the combine it seems risky. That said he was pegged to be a second round pick until his diagnosis. Selecting him in the 5th round is great value. Cannon can play multiple positions on the line. At 6' 5", 350lbs he will be one of the biggest players ever to wear a New England Patriots uniform. Look to him to play guard in the future.

Patriots Draft 2011

 #1 Pick - Nate Solder, offensive tackle from Colorado. He was a three year starter. Well, who is this guy? He is one of the premier left tackle prospects in this year’s draft. He is big, athletic, and strong! He has tremendous potential, so let’s hope Scarnecchia can work his magic and coach him up. I am sure Dante feels as though he has died and gone to heaven. At 6’9”, 315lbs he certainly has the size to deliver. This is typical Bill Belichick move. This guy is intelligent and is a hard worker. This doesn't boad well for Matt Light who is an unrestricted free agent. I would say that he won't be with us moving forward.


#2 Pick - Ras-I Dowling, cornnerback from Virginia. He is a physical corner that will be a nice addition obosite Devon McCourty. His a great tackler and is adept at re-routing recievers off the line of scrimage. One of his strengths is playing man coverage but will do very well in zone as well. Durablitiy will be the main concern. A hard physical hitter which at times causes injury. He is 6' 1" which makes him excellent at jump-ball defending. Something the Patriots haven't had for years.


#3 Pick - Shane Vereen, running back from Calafornia. He is a great change of pace runner with a deceptive ability to run the inside. Another addition is his ability to catch the ball out of the backfeild. He very well could be the next Kevin Faulk. He will be a nice addtion to Ben-Jarvus Green-Ellis and Danny Woodhead.



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