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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21 months ago
no Bruschi!?!?
21 months ago

If only I had room!
21 months ago

I would've put Andre Tippet over Bruschi, but that's just me.
21 months ago
OLD RUSHMORE............. Jim Nance, Gino Cappelletti, John Hannah, Nick Buoniconti (Hon Mentions..... Stanley Morgan, Michael Haynes, Jim Plunkett, Billy Sullivan)
21 months 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.
21 months ago
How Bout Russ Francis and / or Ben Coates?
21 months 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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