Francis personified “rugged good looks” for the Patriots in the late 1970s, and again in 1987-88. He maintained his handsome Tom Selleck-look-alike appearance each week despite being a primary target for Steve Grogan over the middle and just past the first-down marker on the post.
Francis was once deemed an “all-world tight end” by none other than Howard Cosell. Francis finished his Patriots’ career with 207 catches, 3,157 yards and 28 TDs. He had 41 catches with New England in 1980, for 664 yards and eight TDs.