The Patriots announced that three Boston Patriots (as the franchise was known from 1960 through 1970) legends have been selected as finalists for this yearís induction into the teamís hall of fame.
This yearís finalists (listed in alphabetical order) are defensive tackle Houston Antwine, center Jon Morris, and running back Jim Nance.
Fans are encouraged to vote for the Patriots player most deserving of hall of fame enshrinement. Voting begins today on www.patriots.com and will continue through May 31, 2009.
More from the team's press release:
Houston Antwine played for the Patriots for 11 seasons, appearing in 142 games from 1961-71. He led the Patriots in sacks in three consecutive seasons from 1967-69 and his 39.0 career sacks are tied for 10th (with Richard Seymour) on the Patriots all-time career sacks list. Antwine earned six consecutive American Football League (AFL) All-Star selections from 1963-68. His six all-star appearances are tied for the third highest total in franchise history. He was acquired in trade from the Houston Oilers in exchange for a fourth-round pick in the 1962 AFL Draft on April 1, 1962.
Jon Morris played for the Patriots for 11 seasons, appearing in 130 games from 1964-74. He earned seven consecutive AFL All-Star appearances from 1964-70, and his seven league All-Star selections ranks second in Patriots history behind Pro Football Hall of Famer John Hannah (9). Morris anchored an offensive line that opened holes for Jim Nance to amass a team-record 45 rushing touchdowns from 1965-71. He was selected by the Patriots in the fourth round of the 1964 AFL Draft out of Holy Cross.
Jim Nance played for the Patriots for seven seasons, appearing in 94 games from 1965-71. His 45 rushing touchdowns are a franchise record, while his 5,323 rushing yards place second in team history. He was the AFL's Most Valuable Player in 1966, leading the league with 1,458 rushing yards - the highest season total in the AFL's 10-year history and a mark that stood as a Patriots record for 30 years (1966-95). Nance was the AFL's leading rusher again in 1967, totaling 1,216 yards. He was selected by the Patriots in the 19th round of the 1965 AFL Draft out of Syracuse.