All-Massachusetts NFL Team

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    All-Massachusetts NFL Team

    Looking at the guys who have played in the NFL that were born in the Baystate, here is a list of possible members of such a team.

    * = HOF

    [ ] = Pro Bowls



    OFFENSE

    QB - Matt Hasselbeck (Westwood) [3]

    RB - Don McCauley (Worcester)

    RB - Mark van Eegen (Cambridge)

    WR - Bill Brooks (Lowell)

    WR - Jim Colclough (Medford) [1]

    TE - Mark Bavaro (East Boston) [2]

    OL - Tom Nalen (Foxboro) [5]

    OL - Walt Sweeney (Cohasset) [9]

    OL - John Niland (Quincy) [6]

    OL - Frank Varrichione (Natick) [5]

    OL - Ron Stone (Boston) [3]


    DEFENSE

    DE - Howie Long* (Somerville) [8]

    DE - Bob Dee (Quincy) [4]

    DT - Fred Smerlas (Waltham) [5]

    DT - Joe Nash (Boston) [1]

    LB - Nick Buoniconti* (Springfield) [8]

    LB - Lofa Tatupu (Wrentham) [3]

    LB - Jim Cheyunski (Bridgewater)

    DB - Bruce Laird (Lowell) [1]

    DB - Chris Gamble (Boston)

    DB - Dick Jauron (Swampscott) [1]

    DB - Rich Miano (Newton)


    Overall this team looks to be fairly good on offense and quite formidable on D with a strong front 7 featuring two Hall of Famers. The O-line appears to be the strongest suit on offense with the skill positions being comparatively ordinary.

    Here's a link to a list of all the players from MA.


    http://www.pro-football-reference.com/friv/birthplaces.cgi?country=USA&state=MA
     
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    Mark Bavaro would be the TE
     
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    [QUOTE]Mark Bavaro would be the TE
    Posted by nyjoseph[/QUOTE]


    It was a close call. Milt Morin was a strong consideration too. I went with pro-bowls as the guide, mostly. But you make a good point. I would say the three are pretty close and any of them could fill that slot.
     
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    [QUOTE]In Response to Re: All-Massachusetts NFL Team : It was a close call. Milt Morin was a strong consideration too. I went with pro-bowls as the guide, mostly. But you make a good point. I would say the three are pretty close and any of them could fill that slot.
    Posted by BabeParilli[/QUOTE]

    Gotta admit I don't remember Milt Morin.  But, All-Pro is a better barometer than Pro-Bowl popularity contests.  Having said that I think Chmura and Bavaro both had 2 first-team selections, but Chmura never had the monster seasons that Bavaro had with the Giants.  Double the career yardage too.
     
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    It's a fun exercise.

    I also recognize an old-time name in Bob Dee.  Techically he never played in the NFL (pre-merger).  Maybe some more of the guys on the list too.

    If you are going to include the AFL then you might need to include the CFL.  In which case, Flutie would take over at QB />
     
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    [QUOTE]It's a fun exercise. I also recognize an old-time name in Bob Dee.  Techically he never played in the NFL (pre-merger).  Maybe some more of the guys on the list too. If you are going to include the AFL then you might need to include the CFL.  In which case, Flutie would take over at QB />
    Posted by nyjoseph[/QUOTE]


    Flutie was born in MD, not MA. Not sure the CFL was as high a level as the AFL was in its day.
     
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    [QUOTE]In Response to Re: All-Massachusetts NFL Team : Gotta admit I don't remember Milt Morin.  But, All-Pro is a better barometer than Pro-Bowl popularity contests.  Having said that I think Chmura and Bavaro both had 2 first-team selections, but Chmura never had the monster seasons that Bavaro had with the Giants.  Double the career yardage too.
    Posted by nyjoseph[/QUOTE]


    Actually, Bavaro had two All-Pro and the others none. I think you're right. Morin does beat him on PFR's "weighted career approximate value", and Chmura has the more pro-bowls, but Bavaro has the highest career numbers and those 2 all-pros. Overall Bavaro should be the guy in a kinda close one among the three. I'll plug him in.

     
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    OK.  If strictly speaking you are going on where they were born, then Mark Van Eeghen has to start in the backfield.  Born in Cambridge.

     
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    [QUOTE]OK.  If strictly speaking you are going on where they were born , then Mark Van Eeghen has to start in the backfield.  Born in Cambridge.
    Posted by nyjoseph[/QUOTE]

    Right again. I had McLean based on pro-bowls (did have van Eegen there first but got caught up in the PBs).

    And people around here say I never admit when I'm wrong. LOL
     
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    Steve DeOssie! (just kidding)
     
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    Ray Preston , lawrence ma, started LB 8 yr for San diego 1976-1984
     
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    Jacques Cesaire is from C. Mass somewhere.  Gardner?  He is a solid vet. 
     
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    [QUOTE]Ray Preston , lawrence ma, started LB 8 yr for San diego 1976-1984
    Posted by jjbag[/QUOTE]


    PFR lists him as starting only 2 years. But the 3 LBs listed were rated quite a bit higher than him.
     
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    [QUOTE]Jacques Cesaire is from C. Mass somewhere.  Gardner?  He is a solid vet. 
    Posted by CablesWyndBairn[/QUOTE]

    Cesaire was from Worcester, but he couldn't crack that DL. 3 year starter.
     
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    Hey Babe,

    I turned this around and am giving you my team of guys whose last name is the name of a city/town in MA.  I limited 2 guys per last name or I could have had a team full of "Adams".
    I think my team beats yours ... at least if my D can get off the field.  Sound familiar?

    (I'm sure I missed some guys)

    Carson Palmer  QB
    Flozell Adams  OL
    Nate Newton    OL
    Lonnie Paxton  OL
    Mike Webster   OL*
    Henry Lawrence OL
    Rickey Dudley  TE    
    Keith Lincoln  RB
    Bill Dudley    RB*
    Don Maynard    WR*
    David Boston   WR

    Julius Adams    DL
    Bobby Hamilton  DL
    Ray Hamilton    DL
    Greg Townsend   DL
    DeMarcus Ware   LB
    Ken Norton      LB
    Andy Russell    LB
    Ron Bolton      DB
    Fred Marion     DB
    Deshea Townsend DB
    Corey Webster   DB


     
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    Dan Ross from Everett (I think) and Northeastern could challenge Bavaro for the starting TE spot, no? 

    And Scott Norwood for PK on the All Last Name team
     
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    [QUOTE]Dan Ross from Everett (I think) and Northeastern could challenge Bavaro for the starting TE spot, no?  And Scott Norwood for PK on the All Last Name team
    Posted by AcheNot[/QUOTE]

    Ross was never All-Pro (good player though).

    We don't have kickers on our Last Name Team.  We score TDs.  And why would we want a guy known for wide-right?  He'd be our kicker if we had one.
     
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    this is a fun thread

    Joe Schibelli  OT born Springfeild MA Cathedral HS Springfield    pick 130 ( that was like 10th -11th round back then!) out of Notre Dame ( played with Nick @ CHS and ND) 1961 LA Rams  some pro bowls ?

    Doug Swift LB Miami with Buoniconti, he was a an Amherst grad , was he just a smart or rich out of state guy?

    Greg Landry UMASS  might have been NH kid ?

    how about coaches ?

    Wayne Fontes New Bedford  got to the playoffs as a head coach... can't compre with Jauron though!
     

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