New England Patriots Mount Rushmore: Four Franchise Icons

By Doug Tozier
February 06, 2013 8:46 am
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I'll just come out and say it: there is no way I can stop at four. Patriot greats go all the way back to the days of the Boston Patriots and guys like Ron Hall, Bob Dee, and Jim Hunt.

So I have broken this task into two parts: Early Rushmore and Modern Rushmore. The latter period starts with the purchase of the team by Robert Kraft.

Even broadening this project to eight Patriot greats was a difficult and painful process. Many awesome players could not make the final cut. I wanted to include Ty Law, Andre Tippett, Mike Vrabel, John Morris, Steve Grogan, Jim Nance and on and on...

What I camed up with may not be exactly what others have chosen, but I believe that these few represent The Patriot Way. I humbly give you the Rushmore of both the early days and the modern era.

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2 years ago
no Bruschi!?!?
2 years ago

If only I had room!
2 years ago

I would've put Andre Tippet over Bruschi, but that's just me.
2 years ago
OLD RUSHMORE............. Jim Nance, Gino Cappelletti, John Hannah, Nick Buoniconti (Hon Mentions..... Stanley Morgan, Michael Haynes, Jim Plunkett, Billy Sullivan)
2 years ago

Also very good choices. I needed a bigger mountain. Some, like Plunkett, had their best years elsewhere. Good call on Billy Sullivan, although the family could be trouble at times.
2 years ago
How Bout Russ Francis and / or Ben Coates?
2 years ago

I could have built about 10 Mount Rushmore's, Francis was one I heavily considered, but had to pass on (among many others). A "50 best" list would have been easier!

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