Butch Songin

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Butch Songin
No. 11
Position: Quarterback
Personal information
Date of birth: (1924-05-11)May 11, 1924
Place of birth: Walpole, Massachusetts
Date of death: May 12, 1976(1976-05-12) (aged 52)
Place of death: Foxboro, Massachusetts
Height: 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight: 190 lb (86 kg)
Career information
College: Boston College
NFL Draft: 1950 / Round: 19 / Pick: 247
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Pass attempts: 694
Pass completions: 327
Percentage: 47.1
TDINT: 38–31
Passing yards: 4,347
QB Rating: 67.1
Player stats at NFL.com
Player stats at PFR

Edward F. "Butch" Songin (May 11, 1924 – May 12, 1976) was a 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 (formerly the American Association) before being sidelined by an injury, damaging the team's chances of a championship.[1]

Canadian Football[edit]

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

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.


Songin died of cancer May 12, 1976 at his home in Foxboro, Massachusetts. He was 52 years old. At the time of his death, he was chief probation officer in the Wrentham District Court. He left his widow, Catherine E. (Rockett-Currivan); three daughters, a son, a stepson, a stepdaughter, three sisters and three brothers.[2]

Awards and honors[edit]

Award Year
NCAA All-Tournament Second Team 1948 [3]
NCAA All-Tournament First Team 1949 [3]
NCAA All-Tournament Second Team 1950 [3]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2012-03-26. Retrieved 2012-04-26. 
  2. ^ https://archive.org/stream/bridgemagazinefosu1976bos/bridgemagazinefosu1976bos_djvu.txt
  3. ^ a b c "NCAA Frozen Four Records" (PDF). NCAA.org. Retrieved 2013-06-19.