Congratulations to William G, from Massachusetts. William is the final winner from the “Who Is Your Favorite Patriots Player”contest. The recently married William not only is a huge fan of the NFL’s greatest team, the New England Patriots. But of all Boston teams, that includes the Red Sox, Celtics and of course the Bruins.
Here is William’s entry below:
If you had to choose right now for who would be the New England Patriots favorite player of all time. Everyone, including myself would easily say it’s “Tom Brady”. Yes, Brady is amazing, but let us remember those players who wore the red and blue before him. I’m talking about one man that was the “face” of the Patriots before Brady. That man is Andre Tippett.
Why’s Tippett my favorite player of all time? He was the heart-and-soul of the New England defense for many years. He’s the reason why we “Squished-The-Fish” in the mid 80’s! Which gave him his only Super Bowl appearance of his career. He holds the Patriots all time sack record with 100 sacks. And he went to the Pro Bowl five times during his playing days.
Lastly, I think his playing even changed the way the Patriots drafted defensive players. Tippett’s style of play is one of the reasons why we now have successful linebackers. It made the New England coaches start paying more attention to the importance of defense. In fact, because New England realized that defense wins games, it’s the reason I think we’ve had coaches such as Bill Parcells, and Bill Belichick.
So my vote once again is for Andre Tippett. The man who indirectly gave New England, Belichick and three Super Bowl’s. Thank You!
Nice job William. Your submission brought up a lot of memories from the 80’s. Thinking of Tippett and the rest of the players we had on our rosters back then. Hard to believe it’s been almost 25 years since we “Squished The Fish”.
Enjoy your winnings. The up coming Super Bowl and relax, spring training starts shortly for the Red Sox.