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News from the 1970s

In 1971, the Boston Patriots found themselves a home field called “Schaffer Stadium” and changed their name to the New England Patriots. The excitement of their new home brought them some success and of course some new football greats including Heisman Trophy winner Jim Plunket.

The 70’s era was very exhilarating. During this 10 year span there were many incredible players we will never forget; John Hannah, Steve Grogan, Mike Hanes, Tim Fox, Leon Grey, Darryl Stingley, Sam (the man) Cunningham, Don Hasselbeck, just to name a few.

Finally, in 1978 the New England Patriots won the AFC East Title. The fans were so excited they stormed the field and tore down the goal posts!

As electrifying as that was, our fondest and most stunning memory was in 1979 during the  opening season Monday Night game, when Darryl Stingley first returned making an  appearance after being paralyzed from a pre-season hit in 1978. The fans reaction was one of the most dramatic and overpowering standing ovations we have ever experienced!