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Linebacker Tom Addison, one of the franchise's original members who played for the New England Patriots from 1960-1967, died Tuesday at his home in Bluffton, S.C. He was 75.
Addison was selected to the Patriots' first all-decade team by a fan ballot in 1971. He earned All-AFL honors in 1960 (before an All-Star game was formed), followed by four consecutive trips to the AFL All-Star game (1961-64). He was also a Sporting News All-League player in 1963 and 1964.
Addison, who wore jersey No. 53, joined the Patriots after a standout career at the University of South Carolina. He was drafted in 1958 by the Baltimore Colts in the 12th round, and was also drafted by Ottawa of the Canadian Football League, but eventually signed with the Boston franchise of the newly formed American Football League in 1960. He played his entire career with the Patriots and was elected the first president of the AFL Players Association.
Addison will be buried in his hometown of Lancaster, S.C. at 10 a.m. on Friday.Mike Reiss covers the Patriots for ESPNBoston.com.