- Lonie Paxton
currentteam=New England Patriots
birthdate=birth date and age|1978|3|13
debutteam=New England Patriots
New England Patriots(2000-present)
Super Bowlchampion (XXXVI, XXXVIII, XXXIX)
Leonidas E. Paxton III born
March 13, 1978in Orange, California) is an American football long snapperfor the New England Patriotsof the National Football League. He was originally signed by the Patriots as an undrafted free agentin 2000. He played college footballat Sacramento State.
At Centennial High School in
Corona, California, Paxton was a three-year starter as a two-way lineman and longsnapper. As a senior, he was selected as the team's Lineman of the Year. When Paxton was a child growing up in southern California, he and his father would attend LA Rams, where his father, a retired construction worker and football fan, had season tickets and it just so happens that their seats were right next to where the long snappers would practice during the game. When he reached high school, he earned his team's long snapping position and has excelled at the position ever since.
Sacramento State, Paxton was a four-year starter as a longsnapper, and an offensive lineman. As a junior, he was part of an offensive line that blocked for the NCAA Division I-AA rushing leader. As a senior, he helped his team lead the Big Sky Conferencein rushing yards per game with 234.2 rushing yards per game. He majored in communications at Sacramento State, where he played for the Hornets as Long Snapper, offensive lineand guard. He earned Rookie of the Year honors as a freshman, junior of the year and lineman of the year as a senior.
Paxton has snapped on nine of Adam Vinatieri’s game winning field goals over the past four seasons, including his game-winning 48-yarder at the end of
Super Bowl XXXVI. He infamously made a snow angel in the endzone after Adam Vinatierikicked the 23-yard field goal in overtime that gave the Patriots a 16-13 victory over Oakland Raiderswhich put them in the 2001 AFC championship game. He repeated his victory snow angel on the Louisiana Superdometurf after Vinatieri's kick beat the St. Louis Ramsin Super Bowl XXXVI.
In 2003, Paxton established the Active Force Foundation [http://www.activeforce.org/] , a non-profit organization that designs and donates special sports equipment to physically challenged athletes.
*2000 - New England Patriots: Snapped on every punt, PAT, and field goal.
*2001 - New England Patriots: Snapped every 16 regular season games, and the three postseason games. Made one special teams tackle on the coverage unit.
Paxton is the oldest of 6 (he has 2 brothers and 3 foster brothers and sisters). He has worked with the
Shriners Hospitals for Childrenin Sacramento, California. He is half Greek on his father's side [ [http://espn.go.com/magazine/vol5no16patriots.html ESPNMAG.com - 2. Patriot Games ] ] , who's lineage is from Sparta, Greece[ [http://www.patriots.com/news/index.cfm?ac=latestnewsdetail&pid=28235&pcid=41 Under the Helmet: Lonnie Paxton ] ] .
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* [http://cachewww.patriots.com/team/index.cfm?ac=playerbio&bio=1631 New England Patriots bio]
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