Butch Songin

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Butch Songin
Born (1924-05-11)May 11, 1924
Walpole, Massachusetts
Died May 26, 1976(1976-05-26) (aged 52)
Position(s) Quarterback
College Boston College
Jersey #(s) 11
Career highlights
Awards 1949 Scanlan Award
IRFU Hamilton Tiger-Cats
AFL Boston Patriots
AFL New York Titans

Edward F. "Butch" Songin (born May 11, 1924) is a former quarterback for the Boston College Eagles, the Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the Canadian Rugby Union, and for the American Football League's Boston Patriots and New York Titans. He also was an All-American defenseman for the BC Eagles ice hockey team.

Boston College[edit]

From 1947 to 1949, Songin was the starting quarterback for the Boston College Eagles. He completed 192 of 385 passes for 2,534 yards, 30 touchdowns, and 24 interceptions.


Songin was a Hockey All-American for Boston College in 1948. He was a member of the 1948-1949 national championship team. He was captain of the 1949-50 squad and also won All-American. He was a founding member of the Pike's Peak Hockey Club. Today it is Boston College's oldest hockey booster organizations. Songin also played 1 game for the Worcester Warriors of the Eastern Hockey League during the 1954-55 season. His nephew Tom Songin played right wing for the Boston Bruins

American Football League[edit]

In 1950 Songin played three games for the Erie Vets of the AFL before being sidelined by an injury, damaging the team's chances of a championship.[1]

Canadian Football[edit]

From 1953-1954, Songin played for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the Canadian Rugby Union, predecessor of the Canadian Football League. He won the Grey Cup in his rookie year.

American Football League[edit]

In 1960 Songin signed with the Boston Patriots of the newly created American Football League. On September 9, 1960, Songin played in the first ever AFL game, against the Denver Broncos. In his first season with Boston he completed 187 of 392 passes for 2,476 yards, 22 touchdowns, and 15 interceptions. In 1961 he split starting duties with Babe Parilli. He completed 98 of 212 passes for 1,429 yards, 14 touchdowns, and 9 interceptions. In 1962 he was the opening day quarterback for the New York Titans, but was replaced by Lee Grosscup. He played in 7 games, completing 42 of 90 passes for 442 yards, 2 touchdowns, and 7 interceptions.

Awards and honors[edit]

Award Year
NCAA All-Tournament Second Team 1948 [2]
NCAA All-Tournament First Team 1949 [2]
NCAA All-Tournament Second Team 1950 [2]

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