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Former Patriot Houston Antwine dies at 72

Houston Antwine, a defensive lineman for the Boston Patriots who was named to the AFL’s All-Time Team, has died at the age of 72.

Antwine died of heart failure on Monday night. Hours later, his wife Evelyn died of lung cancer on Tuesday morning.

“For those of us who grew up watching the Boston Patriots, this is a really sad day,” Patriots Chairman and CEO Robert Kraft said in a statement released by the team. “In the 1960s, the defensive tackle tandem of ‘Twine’ and Jim Lee Hunt were as good as any in the league and helped propel the Patriots to the franchise’s first division championship in 1963. Myra and I had the good fortune of hosting Houston and his wife, Evelyn, at my home just two years ago when we honored the Patriots 50th Anniversary Team. I loved hearing Houston’s stories about those early days in Boston.”

Antwine played for the Patriots from 1961 to 1971 and was named to six AFL All-Star Games. He finished his career with the 1972 Eagles.

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12 Responses to “Former Patriot Houston Antwine dies at 72”
  1. nejerseygirl says: Dec 27, 2011 5:07 PM


  2. lockoftheweak says: Dec 27, 2011 5:12 PM

    Not many outside of the Boston fan base know of this player. But if he had played for your team, you would know what a loss this is.

  3. l0yalr0yal says: Dec 27, 2011 5:14 PM

    Wow… just hours apart.

    “Love of mine, someday you will die, and I’ll be close behind… I’ll follow you into the dark.”

    Bless them.

  4. PFTiswhatitis says: Dec 27, 2011 5:19 PM

    RIP Antwine and Evelyn

  5. richm2256 says: Dec 27, 2011 6:10 PM

    RIP, Houston.

    Your name is well remembered by all older Pat’s fans. A true stalwart of some great, great Boston Patriots teams.

    When I think of his name, I always hear Gil Santos, in my mind, saying it.

  6. ampats says: Dec 27, 2011 6:34 PM

    RIP Houston & Evelyn,

    I am glad he had the opportunity to experience his election onto the 50th Anniversary team.

  7. commandercornpone says: Dec 27, 2011 6:40 PM

    that isnt that infrequent for old folks. they both were apparently in extremely poor health.

  8. profootballwalk says: Dec 27, 2011 8:35 PM

    When he played for the Patriots, he lived in a basement apartment in Cambridge. How times have changed.

  9. gimmeabruschi says: Dec 27, 2011 9:46 PM

    Him, Larry Eisenhauer, Bob Dee and Jim Hunt (all multiple time pro-bowlers) raised hell for the Pats’ DL back in the day. RIP Houston, and thanks for the memories.

  10. patsfiend says: Dec 28, 2011 1:08 AM

    Headline should include “and his wife Evelyn…” I didn’t notice she passed, too, until I read the comments here. Amazing. At least they got to sip the good wine with the Krafts, and see the Pats go from the outhouse to the penthouse. R.I.P.

  11. godofwine330 says: Dec 28, 2011 8:26 AM

    For him and his wife to go together is sweet. You hear all the time how some couples really cannot live without the other. May they both rest in peace.

  12. rushmatic says: Dec 28, 2011 5:16 PM

    commandercornpone says:

    that isnt that infrequent for old folks. they both were apparently in extremely poor health.


    Neither is the ignorance of 12-year-olds.

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