Morris selected to Pats HOF by Senior Committee

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Morris selected to Pats HOF by Senior Committee

By Tom E. Curran
CSNNE.com

Jon Morris, a standout center for the Patriots from 1964 to 1974, will be inducted into the Patriots Hall of Fame later this year. Morris, drafted in the fourth round out of Holy Cross in 1964, went to seven consecutive AFL All-Star games and helped open holes for the great Patriots running back Jim Nance. Morris was selected by the newly formed, 10-person senior selection committee.The committee will meet every five years. Induction of a candidate is not automatic or mandatory and will be limited to no more than one inductee each meeting. Candidates must be retired for at least 25 years to be eligible for senior selection committee consideration.The early era candidate will need to be approved by a minimum vote of 80 percent of the senior selection committee to be inducted into the Patriots Hall of Fame.Morris will be joined in his induction later this year by a nominee voted on by fans. On Friday, the 2011 Patriots Hall of Fame committee met to discuss the candidates. Each committee member votes for three individuals to be nominated. The top three candidates will be revealed by the team April 15. Fans will then vote on which player or coach to induct.Bill Parcells, Drew Bledsoe, Leon Gray, Raymond Clayborn, and Curtis Martin are among the many names of former Patriots standouts who were talked about at length on Friday.

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Tom Brady delivers video message at funeral of Navy SEAL

Tom Brady delivers video message at funeral of Navy SEAL


Tom Brady delivered a video message last week at the funeral of Navy SEAL Kyle Milliken, a Maine native and former UConn track athlete killed in Somalia on May 5.

Bill Speros of The Boston Herald, in a column this Memorial Day weekend, wrote about Milliken and Brady's message.   

Milliken ran track at Cheverus High School in Falmouth, Maine, and at UConn, where he graduated in 2001. Milliken lived in Virginia Beach, Va., with his wife, Erin, and two children.  He other Navy SEALs participated in a training exercise at Gillette Stadium in 2011 where he met and posed for pictures with Brady.

Speros wrote that at Milliken’s funeral in Virginia Beach, Va., Brady's video offered condolences and thanked Milliken’s family for its sacrifice and spoke of how Milliken was considered a “glue guy” by UConn track coach Greg Roy.

Milliken had served in Iraq and Afghanistan, earning four Bronze Star Medals and was based in Virginia since 2004.  He was killed in a nighttime firefight with Al-Shabaab militants near Barij, about 40 miles from the Somali capital of Mogadishu. He was 38.

The Pentagon said Milliken was the first American serviceman killed in combat in Somalia since the "Black Hawk Down" battle that killed 18 Americans in 1993. 

In a statement to the Herald, Patriots owner Robert Kraft said: “It was an honor to host Kyle and his team for an exercise at Gillette Stadium in 2011. It gave new meaning to the stadium being known as home of the Patriots. We were deeply saddened to hear of Kyle’s death earlier this month.

“As Memorial Day weekend approaches, we are reminded of the sacrifices made by patriots like Kyle and so many others who have made the ultimate sacrifice to defend and protect our rights as Americans. Our thoughts, prayers and heartfelt appreciation are extended to the Milliken family and the many families who will be remembering lives lost this Memorial Day weekend.”