14 Tom Yewcic P
Height: 5-11 Weight: 185
Acquired: Signed 1961
School: Michigan State
Major: BA Education/Masters in Guidance
Born: May 9, 1932
- Had his best punting season in 1965 since coming to the pros
- Set Boston record with a 70-yard boomer against the Jets
- Also contributed to Pats late season rush with several key coffin corner kicks
- Holds league record for most yards kicked in one game
- Has been understudy for Babe Parilli
- Displayed spectacular poise in 1962 filling in when Babe was injured in the crucial Houston game
- Sparked the Pats to three straight victories
- Was quarterback on Michigan State’s 1954 Rose Bowl team
- Also was catcher with Detroit Tigers before joining the Patriots
- Goes for altitude more than maximum length on kicks to give teammates chance to beat the ball downfield
- Vversatile performer with good running ability, now operating as an end.
- Tom Yewcic’s sports career was right out of a storybook. An All-State and All-America out of Conemaugh, PA, Tom was a standout in football and baseball, ultimately playing professionally in both sports.
- At Michigan State, Tom was All-America in 1952 and set the school’s single-season record for passing yards and punting average. In ’54, he was a baseball All-America and that year was the College World Series MVP while also guiding the Spartans to the the Rose Bowl Championship. In fact, Yewcic may be the only college athlete to have won both the College World Series and Rose Bowl in the same year. The Spartans also won the Big 10 title in 1953 with Tom behind center.
- In 1954, Tom was signed to the Detroit Tigers. In his very first at bat with Wilkes-Barre single A, Tom hit a home run. He outdid that feat in his first up in Triple A Buffalo by clouting a grand slam.
- In 1961, Tom was signed to the Boston Patriots. There he handled punting duties while backing up quarterback Babe Parilli.
- Another bit of trivia assigned to Yewcic: He is the only Patriot to have played two professional sports in Fenway Park, that of course being with the Patriots when they called Fenway Park home and as a catcher for the Tigers in ’57.
- After his playing days, Tom went on to become the Patriots offensive backfield coach in 1967-68, the offensive coordinator for Holy Cross in 1969-70, the offensive backfield coach for the University of Rhode Island in 1971-72 and then back to the Patriots for a nine season stint as offensive backfield and special teams coach from 1973 to 1981.
- Today, Tom lives in Arlington, Mass., and is Vice President in Charge of Sales at Allmed Surgical Supplies. He is still involved with the NFL as the New England Alumni Chapter President and Tournament Director.
- Tom is also involved in several charities and organizations including Easter Seals, The Arthritis Foundation, Brain Tumor Society, American Liver Foundation and the Jimmy Fund. He served as President of the Arlington Touchdown Club and is a Trustee for the Sports Museum of New England.