Lonie Paxton


Lonie Paxton

Infobox NFLactive


name=Lonie Paxton
currentteam=New England Patriots
currentnumber=66
currentposition=Long snapper
birthdate=birth date and age|1978|3|13
birthplace=Orange, California
heightft=6
heightin=2
weight=260
debutyear=2000
debutteam=New England Patriots
college=Sacramento State
undraftedyear=2000
pastteams=
* New England Patriots (2000-present)
status=Active
highlights=
* 3x Super Bowl champion (XXXVI, XXXVIII, XXXIX)
nfl=PAX622937

Leonidas E. Paxton III born March 13, 1978 in Orange, California) is an American football long snapper for the New England Patriots of the National Football League. He was originally signed by the Patriots as an undrafted free agent in 2000. He played college football at Sacramento State.

Early years

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.

College career

At 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 Conference in 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 line and guard. He earned Rookie of the Year honors as a freshman, junior of the year and lineman of the year as a senior.

Professional career

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 Vinatieri kicked the 23-yard field goal in overtime that gave the Patriots a 16-13 victory over Oakland Raiders which put them in the 2001 AFC championship game. He repeated his victory snow angel on the Louisiana Superdome turf after Vinatieri's kick beat the St. Louis Rams in 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.

Personal

Paxton is the oldest of 6 (he has 2 brothers and 3 foster brothers and sisters). He has worked with the Shriners Hospitals for Children in 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 ] ] .

Notes and references

External links

* [http://cachewww.patriots.com/team/index.cfm?ac=playerbio&bio=1631 New England Patriots bio]


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