>The Bobs of Boston

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Bob Dee, Bob Lee and Bob Fee of the Boston Patriots.
There were lots of interesting characters at the early AFL training camps in 1960.  Many teams held open tryouts that they advertised in local newspapers.  The result was having every bartender, truck driver, dock worker and other tough guy come out and make an attempt to play professional football.  The Boston Patriots held their initial training camp at the University of Massachusetts, and had their own collection of football-playing hopefuls, including three guys named Bob – Dee, Fee and Lee.

Bob Dee had the greatest career of the three Bobs.  After playing two initial season with the Washington Redskins, Dee re-started his football career in Boston in 1960.  He played on Boston’s defensive line through the 1967 season when he retired to embark upon a business opportunity that was “too good to resist.” Bob Dee left the Patriots as a four-time AFL All-Star who started 112 consecutive games. Years later his number 89 was retired by the Patriots, he was selected as a member of the Boston Patriots All-1960s Team, and he was inducted into the Patriots Hall of Fame.
Bob Lee was an offensive guard out of the University of Missouri.  Lee managed to get into eight games with the Patriots in 1960, after which his professional football career ended.
Bob Fee got cut in training camp, and thus never played in a regular season game.  I managed to track him down in an effort to get his football card signed.  After receiving my letter, he called me on the phone from Massachusetts. He said that he had gotten my phone number off of the stationary from my autograph request, and thought he would give me a call. He is now 76 years old, and participates in the Senior Olympics. He has run 31 marathons in his life, but at his age he hates having to do long training runs in the Massachusetts cold, so he now does the 100 and 200 meters. He will be competing in Texas in March. He said that he gets 3-4 requests to sign his card each year and always enjoys doing it.
Todd Tobias (790 Posts)

Todd Tobias's interest in the American Football League began in 1998, when he wrote my master's thesis about Sid Gillman. He created this site to educate and entertain football fans with the stories of the American Football League, 1960-1969. You can follow Todd and get more AFL history on Twitter @TalesfromtheAFL.



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2 Responses to >The Bobs of Boston

  1. […] 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 […]

  2. bob fee says:

    Iam now going on 79 yrs of age and still running. at tha age of 70 i won the las vagesmarathon 4hrs 1 minute’at the present time iam sort of grounded. my wife phyllis has been in the hospital for 82 days and my time for running will begin agatn when she recovers. i hope real soon because she has , and still has a way to go. put she is tough and i know she will recover soon. bob

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