Former Patriots defensive end Larry Eisenhauer dies at 79

New England Patriots

By Alex Barth, 985TheSportsHub.com

The Patriots announced via a press release on Wednesday that former defensive end Larry Eisenhauer has passed away at the age of 79.

Eisenhauer played for the then-Boston Patriots from 1961-1969, and is a member of the franchise’s 1960s All-Decade Team.

Through the release sent out by the team, Patriots owner Robert Kraft reflected on watching Eisenhauer as a player.

“I am deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Larry Eisenhauer. I had the pleasure of watching him play for the Boston Patriots in the ‘60s. Not only was he one of the best defensive linemen in the AFL for nearly a decade, but he was also one of the most colorful personalities this franchise has ever known. I think everyone who ever played with him had a Larry Eisenhauer story and loved to retell them at alumni gatherings. He was an AFL All-Star on the field, but made an ever greater impact in the New England community as a Patriots ambassador, always eager to volunteer for our many alumni initiatives. On behalf of my family and the New England Patriots organization, we express our sincerest sympathies to Larry’s family, former teammates and the many friends who will mourn his loss.”

Larry Eisenhauer with the Boston Patriots

Eisenhauer was drafted out of Boston College in the sixth round in 1961. He went on to play in 115 games for the Patriots while making four AFL Pro Bowl appearances and being named to the AFL All-Pro team three times. His 47.5 career sacks ranks eight all-time in Patriots history.

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