“FENWAY'S BEST PLAYERS”


 
BOSTON PATRIOTS
1963-1968
#10   HOUSTON ANTWINE   DT

The Louise, Miss., native Houston Antwine was an AFL all-star for six consecutive seasons, from 1963-68. He was a member of the Patriots' 50th Anniversary Team.  After starring at Southern Illinois University in both football and wrestling, Antwine was originally drafted by the Houston Oilers in the eighth round of the 1961 AFL draft by the Houston Oilers.

He was traded to the Patriots soon after and never played for the Oilers. He spent 11 of his 12 professional seasons with the Patriots, sticking with the team through the AFL-NFL merger. In addition to being on the Pats' anniversary team, he is also a member of the All-AFL 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. In 142 regular-season games for the Patriots, he had 39 sacks, leading the team in that category during the 1967, 1968, and 1969 seasons, although sacks were not an official statistic then. 

From 2009-11, the Patriots Hall of Fame nomination committee picked Antwine as one of three finalists for induction, but he was beaten out each time. In 2011, Antwine finished second in the fan balloting to Drew Bledsoe. In addition to making the Patriots 1960s All-Decade team, he was chosen to the all-time All-AFL team.