Patriots Alumni Party With Fans

FOXBORO, Mass. - While the New England Patriots were putting a beat-down on the Dallas Cowboys Sunday in Texas Stadium, their predecessors were partying with fans at Gillette Stadium during the first-ever "Game With the Greats."

Former Patriots party with fans at Gillette during inaugural "Game With the Greats"
By John Ingoldsby, Oct 14, 2007

Photo: Patriot legend John Hannah gives an autograph to a Patriot fan, who lined up with a slew of other fans to get the NFL Hall of Famer's signature. (Photo John Ingoldsby

This inaugural event was hosted by the New England Patriots Alumni Club (NEPAC) at the Fidelity Clubhouse, and the approximately 800 attendees who snapped up the tickets weeks ago had unfettered access to the many former Patriots on hand, while getting to watch the NFL Game of the Year in HD Heaven.

NEPAC President Pete Brock flashed a true talent as Master of Ceremonies, and engaged fans in various interactive events, ranging from a "Chalk Talk" before the game to live auctions and raffle drawings. Patriots Nation members also had the chance to meet Patriot Cheerleaders, get autographs, and have their photos taken with team trophies.

Former Patriots in attendance included John Hannah, Russ Francis, Steve Grogan, Garin Veris, Roland James, Ronnie Lippett, Jon Williams, Bill Lenkitis, Jim Bowman, Tim Fox, Tom Yewcic, Max Lane, Bobby Leo, Steve Nelson, and Steve King, among others. Proceeds will benefit youth athletics.

Former Patriot Pete Brock, center standing, emcees a "Chalk Talk" with fellow alumni, seated from left, John Hannah, Steve Nelson, Tony Collins, Tim Fox, Russ Francis, and Steve Grogan. (Photo John Ingoldsby


John Ingoldsby covered the New England Patriots for various media outlets during the past 13 years, and began writing about the NFL in the 1970s. He is a member of the Professional Football Writers of America (PFWA) and the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association (NSSA). You can find John on the Patriots Insider boards under the handle Rudiee.


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