Tom Yewcic

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Tom Yewcic
No. 14
Position: Quarterback
Personal information
Date of birth: (1932-05-09) May 9, 1932 (age 84)
Place of birth: Conemaugh, Pennsylvania
Height: 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Weight: 185 lb (84 kg)
Career information
College: Michigan State
NFL draft: 1954 / Round: 27 / Pick: 319
Career history
Career highlights and awards
  • Boston Patriots 1960s All-Decade Team
Career NFL statistics
TDINT: 12–12
Yards: 1,374
QB Rating: 60.2
Player stats at NFL.com
Player stats at PFR

Thomas J. Yewcic (born May 9, 1932) is a former American football quarterback and punter and Major League Baseball player. He attended Michigan State University. In football, he played from 1961 to 1966 with the Boston Patriots of the American Football League (AFL), and is a member of the Patriots All-1960s (AFL) Team. In baseball, he played one game for the Detroit Tigers in 1957.

Football career[edit]

Playing quarterback, Yewcic had a career high 90 yards rushing and led his Boston Patriots to a 24–17 victory over the New York Titans at Boston University Field on November 30, 1962.

Yewcic punted 377 times for 14,553 yards over the 1961 through 1966 regular seasons for the Boston Patriots. He also was used as a flanker and running back. He completed 87 passes for 1,374 yards and 12 touchdowns and had 72 carries for 424 yards and four touchdowns. He caught seven passes for 69 yards and recovered three fumbles in 77 regular season games. Yewcic played in two playoff games for the Boston Patriots and completed three passes fore eight yards, ran for a 10-yard gain and punted 14 times for a total of 523 yards. His longest punt in the playoffs was 68 yards.

Yewcic had a career long 46-yard run in the Patriots 14–10 loss to the Denver Broncos on September 29, 1963. His career longest reception was 46 yards in their 45–17 rout of the Denver Broncos on September 16, 1961. Yewcic's longest punt was 70 yards in their 27–23 win over the New York Jets on November 28, 1965. Yewcic holds the team record for the longest run by a Patriots punter in a regular season game: a 20-yard gain in the Patriots 26–16 win over the Oakland Raiders at Boston University Field on October 26, 1962.

Yewcic is tied with Chris Hanson for the most games with only one punt (4) during their career with the Patriots. Yewcic averaged a career best 40.7 yards per punt for the 1965 season. Yewcic and Tom Brady are the only Patriots players who have punted, thrown a touchdown pass, caught a pass, and run for a touchdown.

Tom Yewcic Football Stadium at Conemaugh Valley High School is named for him.

Baseball career[edit]

Tom Yewcic
Catcher
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
June 27, 1957, for the Detroit Tigers
Last MLB appearance
June 27, 1957, for the Detroit Tigers
MLB statistics
Batting average .000
Games played 1
At bats 1
Teams

As a baseball player at Michigan State, Yewcic was named the College World Series Most Outstanding Player of the 1954 College World Series despite his team not reaching the championship game. After signing with the Detroit Tigers, he began his career with the minor league Wilkes-Barre Barons. He went on to play one game as a catcher with the big league Tigers on June 27, 1957. He continued to play professionally until 1959, when he switched to football.

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