Steve Grogan

Steven James Grogan (born July 24, 1953) is a former American football quarterback. He played in the National Football League (NFL) for sixteen seasons and spent the entirety of his career with the New England Patriots.

An agile, durable dual-threat quarterback in an era known for pocket passers, he led the league in both passing and quarterback rushing statistics several times in his career, and ran for a quarterback-record 12 touchdowns in 1976, a record that stood for 35 seasons. Grogan ran for over 500 yards in 1978 and led the team to an NFL record 3,156 rushing yards, still an NFL record for rushing yardage by a team. When he retired in 1990, he held many of the team's passing and longevity records, though most have since been broken.

He was inducted into the New England Patriots Hall of Fame in 1995, and currently owns a sporting goods store in Massachusetts.

Steve Grogan
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Grogan in 2015
No. 14
Position:Quarterback
Personal information
Born:July 24, 1953 (age 65)
San Antonio, Texas
Height:6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Weight:210 lb (95 kg)
Career information
College:Kansas State
NFL Draft:1975 / Round: 5 / Pick: 116
Career history
Career NFL statistics
TDINT:182–208
Passing yards:26,886
QB Rating:69.6
Rushing yards:2,176
Rushing touchdowns:35
Player stats at NFL.com

High school and college

Grogan had a standout prep career in Kansas at Ottawa High School[1] where he led his team to state titles in track in 1970,[2] basketball in 1971,[3] and a state runner-up finish in football.

Grogan spent his collegiate career at Kansas State University, where he started as a quarterback for his junior and senior years.[4] He threw for 2,214 yards, completing 166 of 371 pass attempts, with 12 TDs and 26 interceptions.[4] He ran for 585 yards and six touchdowns on 339 attempts, punted 7 times for 279 yards (a 39.9 yard average) and as a senior caught one touchdown pass of 22 yards.[4] Against Memphis in 1973, he had a 100-yard rushing game.[5]

New England Patriots

Grogan was selected in the fifth round (116th overall) in the 1975 NFL Draft by the New England Patriots. Although he would start every game for four consecutive seasons early in his career, his career was also marked by injuries and quarterback controversies, with Grogan competing with other quarterbacks for the starting job. His second through his fifth season were the only times he would start every game in a season. Besides taking the starting job from former Heisman Trophy winner Jim Plunkett as a rookie,[6] Grogan would later face competition from Matt Cavanaugh, Tony Eason, Heisman Trophy winner Doug Flutie, and Marc Wilson. (By the time Wilson came to the Patriots, he had spent several years battling the displaced Plunkett for the starting job of the Raiders.)

In his first season, Grogan played in 13 games out of the then-14 game regular season, starting 7 of the last 8.[4] Grogan threw for 1,976 yards, 11 touchdowns and 18 interceptions.[7] The Patriots finished with a 3-11 record, and traded Plunkett, their starter for the previous four years,[6] in the off-season. (Plunkett would eventually lead the Raiders to two Super Bowl victories.)

For the Patriots 1976 season, Grogan led the Patriots to an 11-3 record and the franchise's first playoff berth since 1963. The eleven wins were the most Patriots wins in a season since the club’s inception. Along the way the Patriots defeated the defending Super Bowl champion, Pittsburgh Steelers (30-27). They also handed the Oakland Raiders their only regular season loss that year by defeating them 48-17. However, they lost the divisional playoffs (24-21) to the Raiders. Grogan scored 12 rushing touchdowns in 1976, breaking a quarterback record of 11 previously held by Tobin Rote and Johnny Lujack.[8][9][10] His record would stand for 35 years until broken by Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton's 14 in 2011.[11]

In the Patriots 1978 season, Grogan led the Patriots to an 11-5 record, a division title and the organization's first ever home playoff game, a 31-14 loss to the Houston Oilers. The Patriots set the all-time single season team rushing record with 3,156 yards (Grogan rushing for 539 yards and 5 touchdowns himself). That record still stands as the most productive rushing team ever in the history of the NFL.[12] It is also the only season an NFL team has had 4 players rush for over 500 yards apiece.[4]

In the early 1980s, Grogan suffered several injuries,[6] and the Patriots drafted quarterback Tony Eason in the first round of the 1983 NFL Draft.

By the Patriots 1985 season, Eason had taken the starting quarterback position and led the Patriots to a 2-3 record initially. Coach Raymond Berry benched Eason for Grogan. The Patriots won 6 straight wins behind their old quarterback, only to lose Grogan when he suffered a broken leg in Week 12 against the New York Jets.[13] Filling in again at QB, Eason and the Patriots lost that Jets game 16-13 in overtime, and relinquished 1st place in the AFC East Division. With Eason's return, the Patriots went 3-2 in their remaining five games. Finishing the season with an 11-5 record, the Patriots earned a wild card berth into the playoffs and eventually reached Super Bowl XX, where they faced the Chicago Bears, who, with their defensive coach Buddy Ryan's "46" defense, had gone 15-1 during the regular season. Eason, who had led the Patriots to victory in the wild card, divisional, and conference playoff games, started the game, but the Patriots could do little against the Bears' defense and Eason went 0-6 in passing attempts; Coach Berry replaced him with Grogan. Grogan went on to connect on 17 of 30 passes for 177 yards, a touchdown, but also two interceptions, in the 46-10 loss.[13] Of little solace was the fact that the Patriots were the only team to score against the Bears in the playoffs that season.[13]

At the time of his retirement, Grogan led the franchise as the all-time leader in passing yards (26,886) and passing touchdowns (182).[14]As of 2019, he is ranked third in passing yards and passing touchdowns behind Tom Brady and Drew Bledsoe.[14] His 16 seasons are the second most ever for a Patriots player, behind Tom Brady.[15] He also held the Patriots previous single-game record with a 153.9 quarterback rating, achieved by completing 13-of-18 passes for 315 yards with five touchdowns and no interceptions against the New York Jets on September 9, 1979, before Drew Bledsoe posted a perfect 158.3 rating against the Indianapolis Colts on December 26, 1993.[16]

Statistically, Grogan's best season was the Patriots 1979 season, when he completed 206 of 423 passes for 3,286 yards and 28 touchdowns, rushing for 368 yards and 2 touchdowns.[17] His 28 touchdown passes led the league, tied with Brian Sipe of Cleveland,[18] and his rushing yards led the league for quarterbacks.[4]

Grogan rushed for 2,176 yards (4.9 per carry) and 35 touchdowns during his career,[19] a mark which places him as the Patriots' fourth overall in rushing touchdowns.[19] With Grogan, the Patriots made the playoffs five times (1976, 1978, 1982, 1985, and 1986 as a backup). Before Grogan was drafted, the Patriots made the playoffs just once from 1960-1974.

Grogan's injuries and his toughness in response to them are also part of his legacy. One sports writer for the Boston Globe, wrote of the "Grogan Toughness Meter" in 2003. The writer, Nick Cafardo, gave a partial listing of Grogan's injuries over his 16-year career: "Five knee surgeries; screws in his leg after the tip of his fibula snapped; a cracked fibula that snapped when he tried to practice; two ruptured disks in his neck, which he played with for 1 1/2 seasons; a broken left hand (he simply handed off with his right hand); two separated shoulders on each side; the reattachment of a tendon to his throwing elbow; and three concussions."[20]

After football

After retiring from the Patriots, Grogan attempted to get a coaching job, but found that no one above the high school level would hire him. He was approached by the then-owner of Marciano Sporting Goods in Mansfield, Massachusetts (a business originally started by Rocky Marciano's brother Peter) to purchase the struggling business from him. Living only five miles from the store, and seeing it as a good investment, Grogan agreed to purchase the store, renamed it Grogan Marciano Sporting Goods, and continues to run the business today. Other than running his business, he also makes appearances at local businesses and civic organizations.[21]

Honors

Grogan's high school, Ottawa High School in Ottawa, Kansas has named its football stadium after him.[22]

Kansas State has retired the number Grogan wore for the Wildcats, #11, to jointly honor him and Lynn Dickey, who also wore #11.[23] It is the only number retired by Kansas State.[23] (Grogan wore #14 with the Patriots.)[4][24]

Grogan was named to the Patriots 35th Anniversary Team in 1994,[25] and was elected into the Patriots Hall of Fame in 1995.[26] He was also elected to the Patriot's All-Decade teams of the 1970s and the 1980s.[25]

See also

Statistics

Regular season

Year Team GP GS Passing Rushing Sacked Fumbles Notes
Att Comp Pct Yds Y/A TD Int Rtg Att Yds Avg TD Sack Yds Fum Lost
1975 NE 13 7 274 139 50.7 1976 7.21 11 18 60.4 30 110 3.7 3 22 207 6 2 Rookie season, Patriots go 3-11.
1976 NE 14 14 302 145 48.0 1903 6.30 18 20 60.6 60 397 6.6 12 18 155 6 2 Patriots go 11-3, are the AFC wildcard team.
1977 NE 14 14 305 160 52.5 2162 7.09 17 21 65.2 61 324 5.3 1 14 155 7 5 Final season with 14-game schedule.
1978 NE 16 16 362 182 50.0 2824 7.80 15 23 63.6 81 539 6.7 5 21 184 9 7 Patriots go 11-5, win division. Team rushing record.
1979 NE 16 16 423 206 48.7 3286 7.77 28 20 77.4 64 368 5.8 2 45 341 12 8 Final season Grogan would start all games.
1980 NE 12 12 306 175 57.2 2475 8.09 18 22 73.1 30 112 3.7 1 17 138 4 3 Knee surgery, April. Sprains left knee (9/21), right knee (9/28).
1981 NE 8 7 216 117 54.2 1859 8.61 7 16 63.0 12 49 4.1 2 19 137 5 3 Week 2 neck injury, misses 4 games. Week 11, knee injury, out for rest of season. Patriots go 2-14.
1982 NE 6 6 122 66 54.1 930 7.62 7 4 84.4 9 42 4.7 1 8 48 2 1 Strike-shortened season. Patriots make playoffs.
1983 NE 12 12 303 168 55.4 2411 7.96 15 12 81.4 23 108 4.7 2 29 195 4 3 Highest QB rating playing at least 10 games. Breaks leg (11/20). Patriots go 8-8.
1984 NE 3 3 68 32 47.1 444 6.53 3 6 46.4 7 12 1.7 0 7 45 4 2
1985 NE 7 6 156 85 54.5 1311 8.40 7 5 84.1 20 29 1.5 2 11 86 6 5 Breaks leg and injures medial collateral ligament (11/24). Lose to the Chicago Bears in Super Bowl XX.
1986 NE 4 2 102 62 60.8 976 9.57 9 2 113.8 9 23 2.6 1 4 34 2 1 Has (throwing) elbow surgery in off-season. Patriots go 11-5, win division.
1987 NE 7 6 161 93 57.8 1183 7.35 10 9 78.2 20 37 1.9 2 7 55 8 2 Strike-shortened season.
1988 NE 6 4 140 67 47.9 834 5.96 4 13 37.6 6 12 2.0 1 8 77 2 1 Neck surgery in off-season. Head and neck injury (11/15), out three games. Breaks left hand (12/20).
1989 NE 7 6 261 133 51.0 1697 6.50 9 14 60.8 9 19 2.1 0 8 64 3 1 Patriots go 5-11.
1990 NE 4 4 92 50 54.3 615 6.68 4 3 76.1 4 -5 -1.3 0 9 68 1 0 Patriots go 1-15. Grogan starts only win.[27]
Total 149 135 3,593 1,897 52.3 26,886 7.48 182 208 69.6 445 2,176 4.9 35 247 1,986 81 47

Playoffs

Year Team GP GS Passing Rushing Sacked Fumbles Notes
Att Comp Pct Yds Y/A TD Int Rtg Att Yds Avg TD Sack Yds Fum Lost
1976 NE 1 1 23 12 52.2 167 7.3 1 1 72.2 7 35 5.0 0 0 0 0 0 Loss to Oakland, 21-24.
1978 NE 1 1 12 3 25.0 38 3.2 0 2 0.7 1 16 16.0 0 1 3 0 0 Loss to Houston, 14-31.
1982 NE 1 1 30 16 53.3 189 6.3 1 2 56.1 0 0 0.0 0 4 29 0 0 Loss to Miami, 13-28.
1985 NE 1 0 30 17 56.7 177 5.9 1 2 57.2 1 3 3.0 0 4 33 0 0 Grogan replaces Eason in Super Bowl.
1986 NE 0 0 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Grogan DNP in loss to Denver.
Total 4 3 95 48 50.5 571 6.0 3 7 49.1 9 54 6.0 0 9 65 0 0

Stats from Database of Football,[1] the NFL,[17] and Pro-Football-Reference.com.[27] Injury information from New England Patriots.[4]

Notes and references

  1. ^ a b Database of Football, Steve Grogan Archived September 22, 2010, at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ Boys State Indoor Track & Field Meets, KSHSAA http://www.kshsaa.org/Public/Track/PDF/CompleteHistory.pdf
  3. ^ History of Boys State Basketball Winners, KSHSAA http://www.kshsaa.org/Public/Basketball/PDF/CompleteHistory.pdf
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h Steve Grogan, Official New England Patriots Biography Archived August 13, 2010, at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ K-State Football Records
  6. ^ a b c Gill, J. (August 18, 2010). Boston sports, then and now: Steve Grogan. Boston Sports, Then and Now.
  7. ^ Steve Grogan, QB at NFL.com
  8. ^ Bedard, Greg A. (December 4, 2011), "Grogan reflects on his record-setting feet", The Boston Globe, The New York Times Company and BostonGlobe.com
  9. ^ 1976 NFL Rushing Statistics - The Football Database
  10. ^ Harrison, E. (October 8, 2010). From Moss to Johnny U, these are the most impressive records. NFL.com.
  11. ^ Person, Joe (December 4, 2011), "Newton rushes to record in win", The Charlotte Observer
  12. ^ 2010 NFL Record and Stat Book, All Time Team Records
  13. ^ a b c Zimmerman, P. (February 3, 1986). A brilliant case for the defense. Sports Illustrated.
  14. ^ a b New England Patriots, All Time Leaders, Passing Archived January 27, 2011, at the Wayback Machine
  15. ^ "Tom Brady is Scorching the NFL and Setting Records Just Two Games Into the Season"
  16. ^ "Drew Bledsoe: Game Logs", NFL.com
  17. ^ a b Steve Grogan: Career Stats at NFL.com
  18. ^ 2010 NFL Record and Stat Book, Yearly Stat Leaders
  19. ^ a b New England Patriots, All Time Leaders, Rushing Archived September 29, 2007, at the Wayback Machine
  20. ^ Cafardo, N. (September 25, 2003). Brady inspires tough love. Boston Globe.
  21. ^ Crippen, Ken. "Where Are They Now: Steve Grogan". National Football Post. NFP Media Group L.L.C. Retrieved March 7, 2019.
  22. ^ Ottawa Senior High School student handbook
  23. ^ a b Haskin, K. (August 7, 2002). Kansas State will unveil a ring of honor at KSU. Topeka Capital-Journal.
  24. ^ Gill, J. (December 1, 2010). Patriots Grogan and Bledsoe caught in retired numbers game. Bleacher Report.
  25. ^ a b Patriot's Anniversary Teams Archived December 6, 2008, at the Wayback Machine
  26. ^ Patriot's Hall of Fame Archived February 5, 2005, at the Wayback Machine
  27. ^ a b Pro-Football-Reference.com, 1990 New England Patriots
1974 Kansas State Wildcats football team

The 1974 Kansas State Wildcats football team represented Kansas State University in the 1974 NCAA Division I football season. The team's head football coach was Vince Gibson, who served his eighth and final season. The Wildcats played their home games in KSU Stadium. It was the final season for Wildcat quarterback Steve Grogan.

1976 New England Patriots season

The 1976 New England Patriots season was the franchise's 7th season in the National Football League and 17th overall.

After a nine-year stretch in which they posted just one non-losing season amid eight losing years, the Patriots turned around their fortunes, going 11–3. It marked their first winning season as an NFL team (their last winning season came in 1966, when the team was still in the AFL). The team had gone just 3–11 the previous season, and was considered a "Cinderella team" in 1976. Coach Chuck Fairbanks was named NFL Coach of the Year, and cornerback Mike Haynes was named NFL Rookie of the Year.

The 1976 Patriots rushed for a total of 2,957 yards (averaging five yards per carry) and scored 376 points, both second-best in the league. The 2,957 yards rushing were the fifth-highest total in NFL history at the time. The team's 5.0 yards per carry was the best in the NFL and remains higher than all Super Bowl champions except the 1973 Miami Dolphins whose own run game was 5.0 yards per carry. The Patriots also led the league in takeaways at 50; the Patriots finished third in the league in turnover differential at plus-14.

The Patriots made only their second playoff appearance in their history and first since 1963, but lost to the eventual Super Bowl champion Oakland Raiders in the first round of the playoffs. Earlier in the season, the Patriots handed the Raiders their only loss of the season with a final score of 48–17, but a controversial roughing the passer penalty on Ray Hamilton on a Raiders drive late in the playoff game dimmed the Patriots' hopes of defeating the Raiders again.

Despite the playoff loss, the team has been considered one of the most talented in Patriots history; in 2004, Patriots head coach Bill Belichick, who was an assistant coach for the Detroit Lions in 1976, called this Patriots team "loaded", a "who's who team."

1978 New England Patriots season

The 1978 New England Patriots season was the franchise's 9th season in the National Football League and 19th overall. The Patriots finished the season with a record of eleven wins and five losses and finished tied for first in the AFC East, winning their first division title in franchise history over Miami by a tiebreaker.

The 1978 Patriots set an NFL record for most rushing yards in a single season, with 3,165 yards on the ground. The Patriots had four different players who rushed for more than 500 yards: running back Sam "Bam" Cunningham, 768; running back Andy Johnson, 675; running back Horace Ivory, 693; and quarterback Steve Grogan, 539. The team also picked up an NFL-record 181 rushing first-downs.

1979 New England Patriots season

The 1979 New England Patriots season was the franchise's 10th season in the National Football League and 20th overall. The Patriots ended the season with a record of nine wins and seven losses and finished second in the AFC East Division. Ron Erhardt was named the Patriots the new coach. In their season opener, the Patriots faced the Pittsburgh Steelers on Monday Night as Darryl Stingley returned to Schaffer Stadium. Patriots fans gave the paralyzed star a long sustained standing ovation. However, the emotion did not carry over as the Pats lost 16-13 in overtime. The Pats would find themselves at 8-4, as the team featured a more wide-open offense under quarterback Steve Grogan. However, a three-game losing streak ended their playoff chances, as the team settled for a disappointing 9–7 season.

1980 New England Patriots season

The 1980 New England Patriots season was the franchise's 11th season in the National Football League and 21st overall. They completed the season with a record of ten wins and six losses and finished second in the AFC East Division. Running Back Sam Cunningham held out all season, so the Patriots turned to rookie Vagas Ferguson to carry the bulk of the rushing game. Ferguson responded by breaking the team's rookie rushing record. The Patriots would sit at 6-1 near the midway point and were about to make the playoffs. However, the Pats collapsed and won just two of their next seven and finished with a 10–6 record that saw them fall just short of a wild-card berth.

Bill Parcells, then the linebackers coach with the team, has stated that the players on this Patriots team gave him his famous "Tuna" nickname when he asked, "What do you think I am, Charlie the Tuna?"

1983 Baltimore Colts season

The 1983 Baltimore Colts season was the 31st season for the team in the National Football League (NFL). This would be the last season in Baltimore as they moved to Indianapolis for the following season. The Colts finished the year with a record of 7 wins and 9 losses, and tied for fourth in the AFC East division with the New York Jets. However, the Colts finished ahead of New York based on better conference record (5–9 to Jets’ 4–8).

Having finished the 1982 season with the NFL's worst record at a winless 0–8–1, the Colts held the No. 1 pick in the 1983 NFL draft and expected to land the nation’s top collegiate player to their 1983 roster. The Colts used the top pick on John Elway of Stanford. Elway, however, refused to play for the Colts and even considered joining the New York Yankees baseball organization unless he was traded. The Colts were forced to trade Elway to the Denver Broncos and Mike Pagel retained his position as starting quarterback. The Elway controversy became more interesting when Elway’s Broncos visited Baltimore for the second game of the season. The Broncos won that game 17–10. Later, when the teams faced each other again in Denver for the second-to-last game of the season, the Colts took a 19–0 lead over the Broncos, only to blow the lead in the fourth quarter and lose 21–19. They won their final game as a Baltimore team against the Houston Oilers 20–10.

1984 New England Patriots season

The New England Patriots season was the franchise's 15th season in the National Football League and 25th overall. The Patriots finished the season with a record of nine wins and seven losses, and finished second in the AFC East Division.

Head coach Ron Meyer, who had coached the Patriots for the previous two seasons, was fired halfway through the season. Meyer had angered several of his players with public criticism. After a 44–22 loss to Miami in Week 8, Meyer fired popular defensive coordinator Rod Rust; Meyer himself was fired by Patriots management shortly thereafter.The Patriots went outside the organization to hire Raymond Berry, who had been New England's receivers coach from 1978 to 1981 under coaches Chuck Fairbanks and Ron Erhardt. Berry had been working in the private sector in Medfield, Massachusetts, when the Patriots called him to replace Meyer. Berry's first order of business was to immediately rehire Rust.

Under Berry's leadership, the Patriots won four of their last eight games. Berry's importance to the team was reflected less in his initial win-loss record than in the respect he immediately earned in the locker room – "Raymond Berry earned more respect in one day than Ron Meyer earned in three years," according to running back Tony Collins.

1985 New England Patriots season

The 1985 New England Patriots season was the franchise's 16th season in the National Football League and 26th overall. The Patriots had a record of eleven wins and five losses and finished tied for second in the AFC East Division. They then became the first team in NFL history ever to advance to the Super Bowl by winning 3 playoff games on the road, defeating the New York Jets 26–14, the Los Angeles Raiders, 27–20, and the Miami Dolphins 31–14, in the AFC Championship game. The Patriots' win in Miami was their first victory in that stadium since 1969. The win over the Dolphins in the game has gone down as one of the greatest upsets in NFL history, as the Dolphins were heavily favored.

But despite the Patriots' success in the playoffs, they proved unable to compete with the acclaimed 15–1 Chicago Bears in Super Bowl XX, losing 10–46 in what was at the time the most lopsided defeat in Super Bowl history.

"We couldn't protect the quarterback, and that was my fault. I couldn't come up with a system to handle the Bears' pass rush," head coach Raymond Berry acknowledged.

1990 New England Patriots season

The 1990 New England Patriots season was the team's 31st, and 21st in the National Football League. It was the first and only season for head coach Rod Rust. The Patriots finished the season with a record of 1–15, the worst record in franchise history. They finished last in the AFC East Division and dead last in the NFL. The roster still had a number of All-Pros and regular contributors from their successful teams of the 1980s, but many of them were past the peak of their career, and the team lacked any young talent to replace them. After the team started 1-1, they would go on to lose their next 13 games, many in humiliating fashion. Off the field, the team and its management were embarrassed by the harassment of a reporter during a locker room interview.

Colts–Patriots rivalry

The Colts–Patriots rivalry is a National Football League (NFL) rivalry between the Indianapolis Colts and the New England Patriots. It is considered one of the most famous rivalries in the NFL. The two teams have combined for seven Super Bowl victories (six by the Patriots) and ten AFC Championships (eight by the Patriots) since 2001, while both are noted for their organizational excellence.The nature of this rivalry is somewhat ironic because while the Colts and Patriots were AFC East division rivals from 1970–2001 (dating prior to the Colts' move from Baltimore to Indianapolis), their intensified enmity wasn't prevalent until Indianapolis was moved into the newly formed AFC South following the 2001 season as part of the NFL's realignment. Following New England's 43–22 win in the 2013–14 playoffs the Patriots lead the series with nine wins (three in the playoffs) versus five wins (one playoff) for the Colts, and the Patriots hold a lead in points scored, 411–351.

The modern matchup spanning the period of 2001–2011 was usually headlined as a contest between quarterbacks Peyton Manning and Tom Brady, who together won six NFL MVP awards in eight years (2003–10; four by Manning). In September 2001 Brady received his first start against the Colts after an injury to then-starter Drew Bledsoe, and proceeded to defeat the Colts in his first six games against them in the next years, including the 2003 AFC Championship Game and a 2004 AFC Divisional playoff game. The 2004 Divisional game was notable as the Patriots held a record breaking Colts offense to 3 points on snowy cold night in Foxborough. The Colts won the next three matches, notching two regular season victories and a win in the 2006 AFC Championship Game on the way to their win in Super Bowl XLI. Since then, the Patriots have won the six out of the next eight games from 2007–14. The quarterback angle of the rivalry changed in 2012 following Manning's release from the team, and with the surge to success of Colts rookie Andrew Luck. The rivalry gained momentum again in February 2018, when Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels, who had agreed to become the head coach of the Colts, went back on his word and decided to stay on as a coordinator in New England.

Donald Shea

Donald Jerome Shea also known as "Shorty" (September 18, 1933 – August 26, 1969) was a Hollywood stuntman, actor and victim of the Charles Manson murders. The location of his body was discovered in 1977, nearly a decade after his death. Manson family leader Charles Manson and family members Steve "Clem" Grogan and Bruce M. Davis were eventually convicted of murdering Shea. Tex Watson, Bill Vance and Larry Bailey (alias Larry Giddings) were possible participants in the murder, but were never charged.

Earl Edwards (American football)

Earl Edwards (born March 17, 1946) is a former American and Canadian football player (defensive tackle, offensive tackle and defensive end). Edwards played both ways offensively and defensively in college]. He played College football at Wichita State University where Hall of Fame coach Bill Parcells was his lineman coach until leaving for Canada. College was a short stop for "Big Earl" because he defended a team member (Melvin Cason), and his input was not appreciated, causing him to leave the team. In his two and a half years at Wichita State University he won Sophomore Lineman of the Year, All Conference 1st Team, All-Mid West 1st Team, and Honorable Mention All American.

In 1967, he was drafted by the Ottawa Rough Riders of the Canadian Football League, only to be traded to the Edmonton Eskimos without playing a down, for an All-Star kicker. Edmonton's offensive line coach Joe Spencer helped him become a stand-out Offensive Tackle (honorable mention All-pro) for two seasons. In 1969 the San Francisco 49ers traded 11 players (6 the first year and 5 the second year) for his draft rights because he still had one year left on his contract with the Canadian team (the Edmonton Eskimos). The 49ers' general manager Jack White stated in an article in the San Francisco Examiner, "if Edwards had remained in college and gone through the regular NFL draft, he would have been the first lineman drafted".

In 1969, his NFL rookie season, he won the 49ers' Rookie of the Year award and was runner-up to Hall of Fame member "Mean Joe Greene" of the Pittsburgh Steelers for NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year award. 1971, he was honorable mention All-pro at Defensive Tackle with the 49ers.

In 1973, he was traded to the Buffalo Bills for two players and switched again to defensive end where he received honorable mention All-Pro honors for the Bills. He was also selected for the Kelso award which he shared with O.J. Simpson as the team's most valuable defensive and offensive players. In 1974 Street and Smith magazine rated Edwards as the most feared outside rusher in the NFL.

In 1976 Cleveland's defensive coordinator Dick Mogaleski and the Cleveland Browns traded two players for Edwards to play alongside star lineman Jerry Sherk at defensive tackle. Edwards was brought in to replace Walter Johnson, an outstanding defensive tackle in his own right. Coming off a torn hamstring muscle, Edwards played very little during the 1976 season but returned to proper form and status for the '77 and '78 seasons.

In 1979, he retired from football, but was coaxed into returning and helping Green Bay who had had a rash of injuries to their young defensive team by the then head coach Bart Starr. In his first game back, he made major contributions and sacks in the contest on that Monday night, the game of the week (October 1, 1979) against Steve Grogan and the New England Patriots. Packers won and he won the game ball which represented the 1000th game played in Packer history. This season ended the career of one of the most versatile linemen in the NFL.

A total of 16 players were traded for his services over his career. In 1969, he was added as a member of the Tampa Sports Hall of Fame, one of 52 stars chosen by the Tampa Bay Sports Club.

He helped the San Francisco 49ers win the NFC Western Division from 1970 to 1972.

He played 11 seasons in the National Football League as a defensive lineman for San Francisco, Buffalo, Cleveland and Green Bay between 1969 and 1979. He was runner-up for NFL Rookie of the Year in 1969 behind Joe Greene. He's a member of the Tampa Sports Hall of Fame, one of 52 local stars chosen by the Tampa Bay Sports Club.

He has been married to Janice for since 1988. He has three sons, Big Reggie, Tall Gavin (who played college basketball for the Connecticut Huskies and Big Damien who is a fifth year senior on the University of South Florida football team. He also has two daughters, Sandi and Brandi.

Edwards is now a substitute teacher in Arizona.

List of New England Patriots starting quarterbacks

The New England Patriots are a professional American football team based in Foxborough, Massachusetts. They are a member of the East Division of the American Football Conference (AFC). The team began as the Boston Patriots in the American Football League, a league that merged with the National Football League before the start of the 1970 season. In 1971, the team relocated to Foxborough, where they then became the New England Patriots. Between 1971 and 2001, the Patriots played their home games at Foxboro Stadium. Since 2002, the Patriots have played their home games at Gillette Stadium (formerly CMGI Field), which was built adjacent to Foxboro Stadium (which was then demolished, and the site was turned into a parking lot for Gillette Stadium).

There have been 28 starting quarterbacks in the history of the franchise. The most starting quarterbacks the Patriots have had in one season is five quarterbacks, in 1987. Past quarterbacks for the Patriots include Patriots Hall of Fame inductees Babe Parilli, Steve Grogan, and Drew Bledsoe. Butch Songin became the first starting quarterback for the Patriots in 1960, when the franchise was first established. He was replaced by Tom Greene for the final two games of the season. Hall of Famer Parilli was the next starting quarterback for the Patriots, from 1961 to 1967. As of the 2017 season, New England's starting quarterback is Tom Brady, whom the Patriots selected in the 6th round (199th pick overall) of the 2000 NFL Draft. He is the only quarterback to have led the Patriots to a Super Bowl victory.

List of most consecutive starts by a National Football League quarterback

In the history of the National Football League, there have been twelve starts streaks of at least 100 consecutive games by eleven different quarterbacks, with four of those with a regular season streak of at least 200 games.Brett Favre has held the record since November 7, 1999 when he made his 117th consecutive start against the Chicago Bears. His consecutive starts streak is also the longest all-time for a non-special teams player. On December 5, 2010, playing for the Minnesota Vikings against the Buffalo Bills, Favre was knocked out of the game on the first drive with a sprained SC joint injury to his right shoulder, caused by a hit from linebacker Arthur Moats. After a snowstorm delayed the following Sunday's game against the New York Giants to Monday, December 13, Favre was ruled inactive, ending his streak at a record 297 games (321 including playoffs).Below is a list of the top 25 quarterbacks to achieve the longest consecutive regular season starts at their position.

Mike Kerrigan

Michael Joseph Kerrigan (born April 27, 1960 in Chicago, Illinois) is a former professional quarterback.

Kerrigan played quarterback for St. Cajetan Grammar School in Chicago with fellow undrafted free agents Phil Carlin, Brian Murphy, Gil Lindgren and Tom Lusk. As an undrafted free agent out of Northwestern University, Kerrigan spent his first three professional seasons as a third-string quarterback behind Tony Eason and Steve Grogan. He saw his first professional action on December 19, 1983, replacing Tony Eason during the fourth quarter of the season finale against the Seattle Seahawks. He went 6 for 14 for 72 yards and rushed once for 14 yards in a 24-6 loss.

He backed up Tony Eason and Steve Grogan during the 1984 season, appearing in one game versus Indianapolis, completing one pass for 13 yards, leading the offense on a fourth-quarter touchdown drive. He was released after the 1984 season and signed with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the CFL.

In his first season in the Canadian Football League, Kerrigan led the Ti-Cats to a 39-15 victory over the Edmonton Eskimos in the 74th Grey Cup. He was named the game's most valuable player. It was Hamilton’s first Grey Cup title since 1972, and their first win over the Eskimos since 1977. The Ticats entered the game as 12-point underdogs. They got to the Grey Cup by beating their archrivals, the Toronto Argonauts, in a two-game total point series. Kerrigan set a CFL playoff completion record in the second game by completing 35 of his 47 passes.

He again led the Tiger-Cats to the Grey Cup, losing in 1989 to the Saskatchewan Roughriders 43-40 on a last second field goal in what many consider to be the most exciting Grey Cup ever played. After that game, he left the Ti-Cats in 1992 for a four-season stint with their arch-rival, the Toronto Argonauts, returning to the Ti-Cats in mid-season 1995. He retired after the 1996 season as the all-time leading passer in Tiger-Cat history.

Pete Brock (American football)

Peter Anthony Brock (born July 14, 1954, Portland, Oregon) was a center and guard who played twelve professional seasons with the National Football League's New England Patriots. Brock attended the University of Colorado. His younger brother Stan played with the Colorado Buffaloes and in the NFL. Pete played against Stan in the Patriots' 38-27 win over the Saints at the Superdome on December 21, 1980.He played left tackle, long snapper, tight end and wing back during the same series of downs in the Patriots' 27-7 victory over the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field on 10-14-79. He was awarded the game ball as his tore his cartilage in his knee early in the game but played the entire game in the Patriots 17-6 win over the Miami Dolphins at Sullivan Stadium on 11-13-83. Pete was the starting center 78 times, starting left guard 3 times, starting left tackle 6 times and the starting right guard once in the 154 regular season games that he played for the New England Patriots. He wore #58.He recovered a fumble by Doug Beaudoin in the Patriots' 48-17 rout of the Oakland Raiders at Schaefer Stadium on 10-03-76. Pete recovered a fumble by Horace Ivory in the Patriots' 23-14 victory over the Denver Broncos at Schaefer on 09-29-80. He pounced on a fumble by Steve Grogan in their 29-28 loss to the Baltimore Colts at Schaefer on 09-06-81. Pete fell on a fumble by Matt Cavanaugh in their 10-7 loss to the Browns at Cleveland Stadium on 11-21-82. Pete recovered a fumble by Steve Grogan in their 31-24 loss to the New York Jets at Sullivan Stadium on 10-12-86.Brock Brock won the Ed Block Courage Award in 1985. He currently works as the President of the New England Patriots Alumni and announces college football games. He has his own segment called "Brock's Breakdown" as part of the pre-game show on 98.5 FM, the Sports Hub in Boston; in 2001 he also replaced Gino Cappelletti as color analyst on the Patriots' radio network for the first eight games of that season because of illness to Cappelletti.

Steve "Clem" Grogan

Steve Dennis "Clem" Grogan (born July 13, 1951) is an American convicted murderer and former member of the Manson Family. He was released on parole from prison in 1985. As of April 2019, he is the only person who has been released from prison after being convicted of murder in the killings committed by the Family.

Tom Owen (American football)

Willis Thomas Owen (born September 1, 1952) is a former American football quarterback who played in ten National Football League (NFL) seasons from 1974–1982 for the San Francisco 49ers, the New England Patriots, the Washington Redskins, and the New York Giants. He played college football at Wichita State University and was drafted in the thirteenth round of the 1974 NFL Draft.

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