December 5, 2023


Scarnecchia can be inducted alongside Mike Vrabel at Gillette Stadium Saturday afternoon.

Dante Scarnecchia gained 5 Tremendous Bowls as a coach in New England. AP Picture/Elise Amendola
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Patriots’ teaching legend Dante Scarnecchia spent 34 of his 36 NFL seasons in New England starting in 1982. He appeared in seven Tremendous Bowls and gained 5 of them, all of his championship rings donning the Flying Elvis.

Scarnecchia can be inducted into the Patriots Corridor of Fame in Foxborough, Mass. Saturday afternoon. Proprietor Robert Kraft personally selected him because the Corridor’s thirty third inductee in April.

The 75-year-old spoke to the media Friday afternoon after being fitted for his purple Patriots Corridor of Fame jacket, reminiscing on his accomplishments main up to now in his life.

“I’ve been blessed greater than anyone ought to,” Scarnecchia told reporters at Gillette Stadium’s Patriots Corridor of Fame. “Once you do what you wish to do — your life’s work — you’re blessed already. That is all icing on the cake.”

Scarnecchia started his illustrious NFL teaching profession with the Patriots in 1982 as a particular groups and tight ends coach. He remained there till 1988 when he joined the Indianapolis Colts as an offensive line coach earlier than returning to New England for good in 1991.

From then on, he held positions reminiscent of a particular assistant position (1993-94), defensive assistant (1995-96), offensive line coach (1999, 2000-13), and assistant head coach (2000-13) earlier than briefly retiring in 2013.

He returned because the staff’s offensive line coach as soon as once more in 2016 till 2019 earlier than retiring for good. Scarnecchia gained two of his 5 Tremendous Bowls in his closing teaching stint (2016, 2018) and his first three in 2001, 2003, and 2004.

From 2000-13, Scarnecchia taught the likes of Joe Andruzzi, Marcus Cannon, Dan Connolly, Matt Gentle, Logan Mankins, and Nate Solder. Then, when he got here again one final time, he coached up David Andrews, Trent Brown, Shaq Mason, and Joe Thuney.

New England head coach Invoice Belichick heaped reward for his former colleague throughout his press convention Friday morning.

“Very gifted coach, sees the total recreation, sees the whole lot in regards to the recreation,” Belichick mentioned of Scarnecchia. “Excellent trainer, robust, former Marine. However, he can provide robust love, however in a great way, only a nice man to be round.”

Belichick and Scarnecchia first labored collectively on the Patriots’ defensive teaching employees in 1996. Belichick was the staff’s assistant head coach and defensive backs coach alongside Scarnecchia. The present coach mentioned that group “was provably the perfect employees I’ve ever been on.”

Andrews, who Scarnecchia coached for 3 seasons, equally raved about his former trainer on Friday.

“No another deserving,” Andrews mentioned to the media. “I don’t know if there’s been many individuals in my profession which have had such a big effect on my life and the sport. And I don’t know if I’d be standing right here speaking to y’all … He taught me a lot in regards to the recreation. Learn how to play the sport, the right way to play the sport the appropriate manner.”

Andrews additionally mentioned Scarnecchia’s teaching fashion helped him apply philosophies he taught into your private life, classes which can be much more vital than these on the soccer area.

Scarnecchia can be enshrined alongside legendary New England linebacker Mike Vrabel at 12 p.m. Jap Time inside Gillette Stadium’s Patriots Corridor of Fame.