Lonie Paxton is a former NFL long snapper who played in the league for 12 seasons. He spent most of his career on the New England Patriots, and finished with the Denver Broncos. He is a 3-time Super Bowl Champion for the Patriots. The meat of this episode is a prime cut of hard work, trust, and the importance of the team.
A graduate of Sacramento State, Lonie shares overall stories on various teammates like Tom Brady, Tedy Bruschi, Junior Seau, Larry Izzo, and Willie McGinest. Under the special teams category, he shares gold on Adam Vinatieri, and some of his favorite holders like Lee Johnson, Ken Walter, and Josh Miller. You might enjoy listening to the stories about Bill Belichick because it gives a full taste of what made the Patriots dynasty so incredible.
He tells the story of the game tying field goal in the “Patriots Snow Bowl” which was the 2001 AFC Championship. This is the game notoriously known as the “Tuck Rule Game” were Tom Brady’s fumble was ruled as an incomplete pass. Hearing Lonie’s perspective made this one special.
Reid Fergsuon, who is the long snapper for the Buffalo Bills, shares some of the same wisdom as Lonie and you can check out that podcast episode here.
Transitioning to the Broncos, he was a solid teammate to Matt Prater, who is still having a solid career with the Detroit Lions. Lonie was not only a talented long snapper, but a supportive rock for his kickers and punters. To this day he stays in touch with NFL Snappers Morgan Cox (Baltimore Ravens), and Joe Cardona (New England Patriots), and others sharing his wisdom, knowledge and experience.
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Making it to the NFL is hard, after speaking with Rob Roche in a previous episode we learned the difference between getting a job vs. keeping a job. Please check out that episode here.