First Game Memories

Greg Boyd

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On His First NFL Memory:

It's August 12th, 1976 at Schaefer Stadium in Foxboro, Massachusetts – Preseason game 1 of 6 at that time. The New England Patriots vs. The New York Giants. I was a rookie wearing #65 and was one of four defensive Lineman drafted that year, as the Patriots were trying to improve their pass rush and shore up the defensive line. 

The Starters were #72 Mel Lunsford left DE, #71 “Sugar Bear” Ray Hamilton at NT and Julius Adams #85 at right DE. #78 “Mack the Sack”
Tony McGhee was designated pass rusher and Henry “Hank” Bullough was our defensive line coach and defensive coordinator.

At 6’6, 280lbs I ran the 40-yard dash in 4.7 seconds and bench pressed 585lbs – I was determined to impact the game and make my presence known. Larry Csonka was the fullback for the Giants, so I was motivated to stay low and not get run over by him. I had two sacks and a couple tackles, and I was quite pleased to say the least. I was determined to knock hell out of everyone wearing a different colored jersey.

The thing that young guys learn about the NFL is that everybody is big and strong, and there are double-teams, triple-teams, 34 I-Trap blocks, P-12 fullback blast blocks that will humble you in expedient fashion.

Let me tell you about that New England Patriots offensive line, starting with LG Hall of Famer # 73 John “Hog” Hannah, maybe the best ever to play the position. He lined up next to #70 “Big Dog” Leon Gray and those two wreaked havoc with unbelievable quickness, size, strength and talent. 

T Shelby Jordan at 6’9 300lbs and RG Sam Adams, Center Bill “The Doctor” Linkitas, that was how I as a rookie got orientated to The NFL. That was the best offensive line ever with 6’ 6 TE All-Pro Russ Francis and Sam “Bam” Cunningham at tailback. Now that's what I remember as a rookie preparing for my first NFL game, you best believe I was groomed and ready.


It's August 12th, 1976 at Schaefer Stadium in Foxboro, Massachusetts – Preseason game 1 of 6 at that time. The New England Patriots vs. The New York Giants. I was a rookie wearing #65 and was one of four defensive Lineman drafted that year, as the Patriots were trying to improve their pass rush and shore up the defensive line. 

The Starters were #72 Mel Lunsford left DE, #71 “Sugar Bear” Ray Hamilton at NT and Julius Adams #85 at right DE. #78 “Mack the Sack”
Tony McGhee was designated pass rusher and Henry “Hank” Bullough was our defensive line coach and defensive coordinator.

At 6’6, 280lbs I ran the 40-yard dash in 4.7 seconds and bench pressed 585lbs – I was determined to impact the game and make my presence known. Larry Csonka was the fullback for the Giants, so I was motivated to stay low and not get run over by him. I had two sacks and a couple tackles, and I was quite pleased to say the least. I was determined to knock hell out of everyone wearing a different colored jersey.

The thing that young guys learn about the NFL is that everybody is big and strong, and there are double-teams, triple-teams, 34 I-Trap blocks, P-12 fullback blast blocks that will humble you in expedient fashion.

Let me tell you about that New England Patriots offensive line, starting with LG Hall of Famer # 73 John “Hog” Hannah, maybe the best ever to play the position. He lined up next to #70 “Big Dog” Leon Gray and those two wreaked havoc with unbelievable quickness, size, strength and talent. 

T Shelby Jordan at 6’9 300lbs and RG Sam Adams, Center Bill “The Doctor” Linkitas, that was how I as a rookie got orientated to The NFL. That was the best offensive line ever with 6’ 6 TE All-Pro Russ Francis and Sam “Bam” Cunningham at tailback. Now that's what I remember as a rookie preparing for my first NFL game, you best believe I was groomed and ready.

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