We're long removed from the Boston Redskins, but Massachusetts' push up this list owes a great deal to Bill Belichick, Tom Brady and assorted teammates who have made the Patriots the team to beat since 2001. Other NFL greats from Massachusetts include Nick Buoniconti, who intercepted three passes in one game in 1968. Hall of Fame guard John Hannah and Mike Haynes nine pro bowls after being drafted by Pats.
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Doug Flutie's pass is the most recognizable play, but the Eagles have built a tradition of tough teams despite playing in New England, more known for fans of pro baseball, basketball and hockey than for supporting college football. Like the rest of New England, Ivy League history, specifically Harvard, is entwined with the roots of the game. Hall of Fame coach Lloyd Jordan was 100-68-7 at Amherst and Harvard. George Connor was an All-American at Holy Cross before he played at Notre Dame and in the NFL.
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Massachusetts is the home of top prep programs, such as Phillips Academy, Bill Belichick's alma mater. Two cogs of the NFC defending champion Seahawks, quarterback Matt Hasselbeck and linebacker Lofa Tatupu, also call Massachusetts home. Spring 2006 DI signees: 13. Fall 2006 high school football teams: 288.
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