Category Archives: Boston Patriots

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.

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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.

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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.

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1964 Boston Patriots Preview

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Two days ago we watched the 2014 New England Patriots become champions of the National Football League.  Take a look at how their predecessors were depicted 50 years prior, in the 1964 Boston Patriots team yearbook.

These Patriots finished the season with a 10-3-1 record, falling just 1.5 games out of first place in the AFL Eastern Division.  As we all know, the Bills won the eastern title that season, and the first of two consecutive AFL championships!

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1964 Boston Patriots Broadside

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I came across this broadside recently and picked it up.  I haven’t yet been able to find any details about the game, but I’ve only just started digging.  Any of our Boston-area readers remember this game?  Any former Patriots care to chime in?