Category Archives: Boston Patriots

An Interview with Harry Jacobs, Boston Patriots & Buffalo Bills

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Harry Jacobs

Being a collector of autographed AFL cards has helped me many times in the building of this site.  Most recently, I had an experience with former Patriots and Bills linebacker Harry Jacobs.  I had written a letter to Jacobs, requesting his signature on a 1964 Topps Buffalo Bills team card.  In my letter, I mentioned this site, and how I thought that readers would enjoy hearing whatever memories that he would be willing to share with us.  Roughly a week after I sent out my card, I received a note back.  Mr. Jacobs signed my card, and also wrote a brief note about how he would like to participate in a telephone interview. read more

Talk of Fame Radio Network talks AFL

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Last week I was contacted by the Talk of Fame Sports Network, and asked to be part of a radio show about the American Football League.  This show is hosted by Ron Borges, Clarke Judge, and Rick Gosselin; three selectors for the Pro Football Hall of Fame, two-of-which sit on the senior committee.  Gino Cappelletti and Lance Alworth were also guests for different segments of the show.

In speaking with the hosts prior to the show, I was pleased to learn that all three feel that the AFL has been given short-shrift in the voting process, and that they would like to see that changed. read more

An Interview with Boston Patriots Legend, Gino Cappelletti

As a fan of the AFL, I would enjoy the opportunity to interview any of the men associated with the league.  However, I have a particular appreciation for the 20 men players who were involved in all 10 seasons of the AFL.  Today I had the great fortune to speak with one of those gentlemen.  It was a wonderful 40-minute discussion that I am proud to be able to share with AFL fans.

Gino Cappelletti is “Mr. Patriot.”  Long before Tom Brady was ever born, Duke was kicking and catching his way into professional football history.  He is a five-time AFL All-Star, the 1964 AFL Most Valuable Player, the first player to score 1,000 points in league history, and the AFL’s all-time leading scorer.  After his storied career ended in 1970, Gino Cappelletti went on to distinguish himself with by serving as the Patriots’ radio analyst for 32 seasons. read more

Houston Antwine Elected into Patriots Hall of Fame

Longtime Boston Patriots defensive tackle, Houston Antwine, has been selected unanimously for entrance into the Patriots Hall of Fame.

Houston Antwine was a member of the Patriots for 11 seasons, from 1961-1971.  He was dominant from his defensive tackle position, earning six consecutive trips to the AFL All-Star Game.  ‘Twine is a member of the Patriots 50th Anniversary Team, and was chosen as one of two defensive tackles for the AFL’s All-Time Team in 1970 by the Pro Football Hall of Fame. read more

Boston Patriots History, 1960-1964

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One of the great and overlooked sources of AFL information are the yearbooks that the teams produced back in the 1960s.  This particular essay comes from the 1964 Patriots yearbook, and gives a good, succinct history of the team from inception through the beginning of the 1964 season.

Please click on the image to enlarge it to a readable size.  Then enjoy!