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RE: [patriotzip] Re: Patriots HOF Finalists

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  • George
    ***** I, too, go with Stanley Morgan. I m among that elite group that actually saw all 3 play live . While Burton was our first big name player, he was
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      ***** I, too, go with Stanley Morgan. I'm among that "elite" group that actually saw all 3 play "live". While Burton was our first "big name" player, he was far from my favorite Pats' RB from the early years. I favor both Jim Nance and Sam Cunningham over him. But the fact that Morgan, as Zip noted, held all those team receiving records at the time of his retirement gives him the nod over those RBs, as well as over Coates, at this point.

      Dogs have masters ... Cats have staff!


      From: patriotzip@yahoogroups.com [mailto:patriotzip@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of RandyZ. Pierce
      Sent: Sunday, June 03, 2007 3:16 AM
      To: Ghost of Patriots Past; Kirk; da List
      Cc: patriotzip@yahoogroups.com
      Subject: [patriotzip] Re: Patriots HOF Finalists

      I would (and will) place my vote with the Steamer
      Stanley Morgan. Coates was a fantastic player and
      possibly carried this team more than Drew and Curtis
      but Morgan had the longevity to earn a little bonus as
      well as leaving with more grace and dignity than
      Coates. Coates was probably a better high end player
      at his position than Stanley but Morgan did hold every
      Pats receiving record when he finally retired and to
      me has managed to epitomize more deeply a Hall of Fame

      Coates will have my vote someday but not over Morgan.

      As for Burton he was a significant part of Patriot
      history but his numbers and length of career do not
      put him anywhere near on a par with Coates or Morgan.

      Go Pats!

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      From: "Ghost of Patriots Past" <chiz3914@yahoo. com>
      To: "Kirk" <k_luedeke@hotmail. com>; "da List"
      <patriots@bosco. net>
      Sent: Saturday, June 02, 2007 4:10 PM
      Subject: Patriots HOF Finalists

      Ron Burton
      Ron Burton became the first player drafted by the
      Patriots when the running back was selected out of
      Northwestern on Nov. 22, 1959. The 5-foot-10-inch,
      190-pound running back played from 1960 through 1965
      for the Patriots, collecting 1,536 rushing yards and
      nine touchdowns. He also recorded 111 receptions for
      1,205 yards and eight touchdowns. In 1962, Burton
      combined for a career-high 1,009 yards from scrimmage
      and a total of 1,449 all-purpose yards. After his
      Patriots career, Burton went on to have a
      distinguished community service career, establishing
      the Ron Burton Training Village in Hubbardston, Mass.,
      which teaches life skills to young men from all walks
      of life. The Patriots annual community service award
      is named after Burton, and is awarded to the current
      Patriots player who best exemplifies the qualities he
      Ben Coates
      Ben Coates played nine seasons with the New England
      Patriots from 1991-1999. The 6-foot-5-inch, 245-pound
      tight end appeared in 142 career games with the
      franchise, collecting 490 receptions for 5,471 yards
      and 50 touchdowns. In 1994, he grabbed a
      then-franchise best 96 receptions, a mark that also
      eclipsed the NFL receptions record for tight ends.
      Coates led the team in touchdown receptions for six
      consecutive seasons and led the team in receptions in
      five of those six seasons. He currently ranks second
      in franchise history in touchdown catches and third in
      receptions. A member of the NFL's 1990s All-Decade
      Team, Coates was named to the Pro Bowl in five
      consecutive seasons from 1994-1998. The Livingstone
      College product was originally drafted by the Patriots
      in the fifth round of the 1991 NFL Draft.
      Stanley Morgan
      Stanley Morgan played wide receiver for the Patriots
      from 1977 to 1989 and caught 534 career passes, a
      franchise record that stood for 17 years. The 5-foot
      11-inch, 181-pound receiver remains the franchise
      record holder with 10,352 yards receiving (19.4-yard
      avg.) and 67 touchdowns. He also holds the Patriots
      record for receiving touchdowns in a season, with 12
      in 1979 and yards with 1,491 in 1986. He earned Pro
      Bowl honors in 1979, 1980, 1986 and 1987, and was a
      key member of the Patriots' 1985 AFC Championship
      team. He also ranks fifth in franchise history in punt
      returns (92) and return yards (960). He was drafted by
      the Patriots in the first round (25th overall) of the
      1977 NFL Draft, and played in 180 games for the
      Patriots over 13 seasons.

      Steve - Stanley gets my vote

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