Former Patriots defensive lineman Larry Eisenhauer dies at 79

Larry Eisenhauer played for the Boston Patriots from 1961-69. –Globe file

Larry Eisenhauer, a standout defensive lineman for Boston College and the Boston Patriots, died Wednesday in Jupiter, Fla., the Patriots said. He was 79.

Nicknamed “Wildman’’ by his Patriots teammates, Eisenhauer played nine years in the AFL (1961-69), all with Boston. He was a four-time AFL All-Star and was named to the Patriots’ 1960s all-decade team. The 6-foot-5-inch, 250-pounder from Hicksville, N.Y., was inducted into the BC Athletic Hall of Fame in 1978.

After suffering a knee injury in 1967, Eisenhauer played two more seasons with the Patriots before retiring in 1970. In retirement, he focused on his role as owner and operator of Data Metal Company, a computer hardware business in Boston.