Larry Garron, an original member of the Boston Patriots, dies at age 82

"We owe a debt of gratitude to Larry and all of the original Boston Patriots like him."

Former Patriot Larry Garron (left) died at age 82, the team announced Saturday.
Former Patriot Larry Garron (left) died at age 82, the team announced Saturday. –Cappelletti Family Collection

Larry Garron, an original member of the Boston Patriots, died at age 82, the team announced Saturday.

Garron, who was born in 1937 in Marks, Mississippi, attended Western Illinois before joining the Patriots for their inaugural season in 1960. He played with the team through 1968, finishing his career with 2,891 rushing yards, which is ninth on the team’s all-time list.

The running back also holds the record for the longest rush in team history with an 85-yard scamper against Buffalo in 1961. He was a four-time American Football League All-Star and a member of the Patriots All-1960s team.

“On behalf of the entire Patriots organization, I want to extend our sincerest sympathies to the Garron family,” said Patriots Chairman and CEO Robert Kraft. “This year marks the 60th anniversary season for this franchise, and Larry has represented this organization and been a member of the Patriots family since Day 1. We owe a debt of gratitude to Larry and all of the original Boston Patriots like him. Without their many contributions, we would not be the franchise that we are today. Our condolences go out to all who are mourning Larry’s loss.”

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The cause of death was not announced as of Saturday afternoon.