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Steve Grogan    

Quarterback Steve Grogan played for the New England Patriots in the National Football League from 1975 until 1990.

Quarterback Steve Grogan played for the New England Patriots in the National Football League from 1975 until 1990.

Born in San Antonio, Texas on July 24, 1953, Steve Grogan spent his college career at Kansas State University. Steve Grogan was picked in the fifth round (116th overall) in the 1975 NFL Draft. Grogan replaced an ill Tony Eason in the second quarter of Super Bowl XX and threw the only touchdown pass for the Patriots in that game.

Steve Grogan is the New England Patriots' all-time career passing leader, with 3,593 attempts 1,879 completions, 26,886 yards and 182 touchdowns. He is also noted as one of the top rushing quarterbacks of his time. He rushed for 2164 yards (4.9 per carry) and 35 touchdowns during his career, a mark which places him as the Patriots' third overall in rushing touchdowns. He holds the third most rushing touchdowns in a season (12 in 1976), which is also the most by any quarterback in NFL history, and is one of the few NFL quarterbacks who wore a neckbrace during his career.

Even though Grogan's #14 has not been officially retired by the Patriots, the team has not issued that number since Steve Grogan retired. It is generally known that no Patriot will ever wear #14 again, and it's assumed the number will eventually be officially retired. Kansas State has retired the number Grogan wore for the Wildcats, #11, to jointly honor him and his predecessor, Lynn Dickey. It is the only number retired by Kansas State. Additionally, Grogan's high school, Ottawa High School in Ottawa, Kansas, has named its football stadium after him.

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