The Patriots announced today that receiver Stanley Morgan was the winner of the recent vote to elect the newest member of the Patriots Hall of Fame.
I haven’t been watching the Patriots as long as some around here have, but my first memories of the team mostly have to do with the sight of Morgan streaking down the sidelines in the early to mid 1980’s catching bombs from Steve Grogan, and occasionally, Tony Eason.
It says here that even though this is the first election under the new Patriots Hall of Fame voting system, this honor is way overdue. Morgan should’ve been put into the Hall a long time ago. Morgan retired as the franchise’s team’s all-time leader in receptions (534), yards (10,352), touchdowns (67) and yards per catch (19.4).
Morgan had his best season with the Patriots in the Super Bowl season of 1985, when he caught 84 passes for 1,491 yards and 10 touchdowns.
I’m not taking away from the greatness of Ben Coates or Ron Burton here, but this election was a no-brainer. It’s about time Morgan joined the ranks of Bruce Armstrong, Michael Haynes, Nick Buoniconti, Jim Lee Hunt, Gino Cappelletti, Steve Nelson, Bob Dee, Babe Parilli, Steve Grogan, Andre Tippett, and John Hannah in the Patriots Hall of Fame.
Voting was conducted by over 70,000 fans on Patriots.com between June 1 and August 1st of this year.
Randy Moss was back at Patriots practice today, even though it was only really a walk-through, so we don’t really have an idea of whether he would’ve been out there in a full speed practice.
We need to give some serious props to the ones providing us the updates from practice; Mike Reiss, John Tomase, Albert Breer, Shalise Manza Young, et all. They have been tremendous thus far in camp, and have given some great information and analysis. Albert Breer needs to be especially singled out, his practice reports such as this one, have been more than we could’ve asked for. It’s great that we seem to have a group of (relatively) young writers and reporters out there covering this team, who seem to really enjoy the work and are building a friendly competition among each other. It’s truly a good time in Patriots coverage.
Thought we’d run through some numbers from the first week of activity here at PatriotsDaily.com. We’re very pleased with the results thus far, though we’re looking to keep building week-by-week.
- In the first week, we’ve had nearly 10,000 vistors and 16,000 page views.
- We’ve added 122 RSS subscribers
- We’ve had vistors from 47 countries, including Russia, China, India, Iran, Brazil, Chile, Australia and Iceland.
- Besides BSMW, a good deal of our visitors have come from ColdHardFootballFacts.com, DeadSpin.com and Patsfans.com
- Nearly 300 people have listened to or downloaded our podcasts of the posts
- About 500 people have enjoyed the Patriots content in the SplashcastMedia player.
These numbers have been great in spite of the fact that we haven’t rolled out our weekly features yet. As we get closer to the season, we’re going to have a strong weekly rotation of columns and features that you’ll be able to set your watch to (or sundial, at least). We’ll have posts this weekend rounding up the coverage, so check back each day.
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