Daily Archives: May 14, 2012

Email from the AFL – Chuck Shonta, Boston Patriots

Chuck Shonta tackles Bo Roberson

Chuck Shonta (34) tackles the running back, Bo Roberson, of the Chargers in a 1961 game at Balboa Stadium.

Defensive back, Chuck Shonta, came to the Boston Patriots from Eastern Michigan in the 1960 AFL Draft.  Shonta was one of the hundreds to participate in the first Patriots training camp, and earned a spot in the defensive backfield that he did not relinquish until his retirement after the 1967 season.  In 105 games, all with the Patriots, Shonta recorded 15 interceptions and one fumble recovery, which he returned for a touchdown.  He was a member of the AFL Eastern Division All-Star Team in 1966, and was named to the Patriots All-1960s team. read more