Tom Stephens

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Height: 6-1 Weight: 205
Yrs/Pat: 5
School: Syracuse
Born: Galveston TX

Career Highlights

  • He made all East his Senior year at ‘Cuse and played in the Cotton Bowl and Orange Bowl while with Syracuse.
  • Tom signed with the world champion Baltimore Colts in 1959. In 1960 he was signed with the Boston Patriots who started him off at defensive back but soon moved him to a tight end where he started for two years.
  • His last three years he played defensive back and returned punts and kickoffs. While with the Patriots he played games at split end, tight end, corner back, tight end and safety, and was told to learn the running back plays one year. He was also the back up punter.
  • “(Coach) Mike Hollovak sent me a letter a few years ago thanking me for playing so many positions. You had to with only 33 players,” said Tom.
  • After his playing days he coached football at Harvard University (3 years) and Curry College. He was Athletic Director at Curry College for twenty-three years.
  • Tom lives in Swampscott, MA and is retired spending winters in Naples, Florida. His favorite hobby is golf, though he and his wife, Lonnie, love to travel as well.

Personal

  • Tom was born in Galveston, Texas, raised in Mohawk, New York, and educated in Syracuse, New York
  • He now makes his home in Nahant, Mass., on the North Shore
  • He has been with the Pats since their first year and was the least heralded of seven Syracuse products who reported on July 4th, 1960
  • Although he suffered crippling injuries in three of his four pro seasons, Tommy and Bob Yates are the only remainders of thos seven candidates still in red, white and blue
  • First string tight end in 1960-61, Tom missed most of the ’62 season with a prolonged virus attack, but played in several positions in ’63
  • This year he had his best training season showing brilliance on offense, defense and as a punter
  • During his sophomore year at Syracuse, Tommy played behind the celebrated Jimmy Brown, then moved into the starting fullback slot his junior season
  • All East in ’58