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33. Jim Lee Hunt

After the Chicago Bears drafted Jim Lee Hunt in the 16thRound, he elected to sign instead with the Boston Patriots for the inaugural season of the American Football League.  As it would turn out, Hunt would become one of a handful of players to play in all ten years of the league’s existence, all of which were with the Patriots.

Hunt would prove to an exemplary pass rusher, and he was a four-time AFL All-Star.  The Defensive Tackle had the nickname of the "Earthquake," as his teammates joked that the ground rumbled when he charged an opponent. Hunt, who was also known for his speed, led the AFL in Fumble Recoveries and Fumble Return Yards in 1968.

His 142-Game career ended when he retired after the 1970 season.  Hunt's number 79 was retired, and he entered the Patriots Hall of Fame in 1993.

The Bullet Points

  • Position: Defensive Tackle
  • Acquired: Signed before the 1960 Season.
  • Departed: Retired after the 1970 Season.
  • Games Played: 146
  • Notable Statistics:

    65 Games Started
    1 Interception
    78 Interception Return Yards
    1 Interception Return Touchdown
    8 Fumble Recoveries
    51 Fumble Recovery Yards
    1 Fumble Recovery Touchdown
    30.0 Quarterback Sacks*
    1 Kick Return
    8 Kick Return Yards
    62 Approximate Value

    *Sacks were unofficially calculated by Pro Football Reference from 1960 to 1981.

  • Major Accolades and Awards:

    Second Team All-Pro (1961)
    AFL All-Star (1961, 1966, 1967 & 1968)
    Most Fumble Recoveries (1968)
    Most Fumble Recovery Yards (1968)

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