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Friday, March 11, 2011
Tom Boisture passes away at 79

By Ohm Youngmisuk

Tom Boisture, the former longtime director of player personnel who helped build some of the great New York Giants teams in the 1980s, passed away Friday morning at 79.

The team announced the cause of death was a form of leukemia called myelofibrosis.

“Tom was a great talent evaluator and was an important part of our success in the 1980s,” John Mara, president and CEO, said in a statement released by the team. “The players he drafted revitalized our franchise. He was also a wonderful person and we will miss him dearly.”

Boisture was hired in 1980. Charged with overseeing the organization’s scouting of college players, Boisture worked with general managers George Young and Ernie Accorsi.

Giants such as Lawrence Taylor, Mark Bavaro, Carl Banks, Michael Strahan and Amani Toomer were among the players who helped the team reach four Super Bowls during Boisture’s tenure.

Boisture, who was named vice president of player personnel in 1998, retired after the 2000 NFL draft but remained close to the organization.

Prior to joining the Giants, Boisture spent 10 years with the Patriots’ personnel department as a personnel scout.

Boisture, who was born March 23, 1931 in Detroit, began his career at Detroit’s Austin Catholic High School before becoming head coach at St. Ambrose.

He later became the offensive backs coach at the University of Houston before going to Holy Cross to become the defensive coordinator. He was later promoted to head coach at Holy Cross.

In 1969, Boisture went to Tulsa University to become its defensive coordinator before joining the Patriots in 1970.

During his playing days, Boisture was an offensive and defensive lineman at Mississippi State.

He is survived by his wife, Delores Ann, daughters Susan Ann, Deborah Lynn and Nancy Ann, and sons David and Michael.