Thomas Stephens (American football)

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Thomas Stephens
Born:(1935-08-29)August 29, 1935
Galveston, Texas
Died:July 12, 2018(2018-07-12) (aged 82)
Career information
Position(s) Tight end
College Syracuse University
NFL draft 1959 / Round: 11
Career history
As player
1960–1964 Boston Patriots

Thomas Stephens (August 29, 1935 – July 12, 2018) was a professional American football player who played tight end for five seasons for the Boston Patriots of the American Football League (AFL). [1] [2]

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References

  1. "Thomas Stephens Stats - Pro-Football-Reference.com". Pro-Football-Reference.com.
  2. "Tom Stephens". NFL.com.