Billy Neighbors, offensive guard for the Patriots from 1962-1965, passed away Monday at the age of 72.
Neighbors spent the first four seasons of his eight-year career with the Boston Patriots and was selected to the teams first all-decade team by a fan ballot in 1971. He is also a member of the College Football Hall of Fame.
Neighbors is survived by Susan, his wife of almost 50 years; daughter Claire; sons Wes and Keith; and eight grandchildren, Wesley, Connor, Anna Lakin, Jackson, Willa, Billy, Hayden and Lawson.
FOXBORO -- The Patriots took different approaches as the National Anthem played on Sunday at Gillette Stadium. Many, including safety and captain Devin McCourty, took a knee. Others stood and linked arms.
On the opposite sideline, it appeared as though every member of the Texans stood on the sidelines and linked arms.
Those joining McCourty on a knee included Stephon Gilmore, Malcolm Butler, Lawrence Guy, Johnson Bademosi, Alan Branch, Brandon King, Malcom Brown and rookies Deatrich Wise and Adam Butler.
Among those linking arms were Tom Brady, Phillip Dorsett, Cassius Marsh, Matthew Slater, David Harris and Dwayne Allen.