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Norman resident has been with the Patriots from the beginning

by Jenni Carlson Published: January 26, 2008
Dick Murphy has been a Patriots fan since the beginning.

Heck, he was there at the beginning.

Now a Norman resident, Murphy was on the University of Massachusetts campus for freshman orientation back in the fall of 1960 when he spotted a big guy carrying football pads.

"What're you guys doing here?” Murphy asked.

"We're trying out for the Patriots,” he told him.

Then known as the Boston Patriots, the franchise was in its infancy, having been born with the American Football League in 1959. The Patriot hopefuls happened to be staying in the same dorm as Murphy and the other students in orientation.

"I became hooked then and have been ever since,” Murphy said.

He grew up in Scituate, Mass., 20 miles south of Boston. Even though a career in the Army moved him over the country, his sports allegiance remained in Boston. When Murphy retired from the Army and relocated to Oklahoma — he served several tours at Fort Sill — he remained an adamant Patriots fan.

And Red Sox fan.

And Celtics fan.

The Sox are the defending World Series champion, the Celtics have the best record in the NBA, and the Patriots have a shot to become the first team in NFL history to finish 19-0 next weekend in the Super Bowl.

"Today, it is great to be a Boston sports fan,” Murphy said, "particularly a fan of the Pats.”

Even a Boston sports fan living in Oklahoma.

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by Jenni Carlson
Jenni Carlson, a sports columnist at The Oklahoman since 1999, came by her love of sports honestly. She grew up in a sports-loving family in Kansas. Her dad coached baseball and did color commentary on the radio for the high school football...
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Dick Murphy got hooked on the Patriots during freshman orientation at the University of Massachusetts. The Norman resident and Massachusetts native still roots for pro teams from Boston. By CHRIS LANDSBERGER, THE OKLAHOMAN


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