Best Athlete, Patriots Player in Boston

1986 Best Athlete, Patriots Player

Andre Tippett

<p>Dick Butkus.</p> <p>That’s who linebacker Andre Tippett brings to mind, says Dick Shinnick, the Patriots’ linebacker coach. “His impact on a game is Butkus’s.”</p> <p>Tippett, a 26-year-old black belt in…Read More

1985 Best Athlete, Patriots Player

Steve Nelson

The linebacker had an inspiring season despite his injury…Read More

1982 Best Athlete, Patriots Player

John Hannah

Through a long, lost season he shouldered both his team and his reputation, and neither of them down…Read More

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