Steve Grogan Autograph Photo 11x14 V. The New England Patriots Steve Grogan autographed 8x10 photo is double matted with a laser engraved plate and a 11x14 Frame. The Steve Grogan Autograph is New England Picture Authenticated.
'About Steve Grogan'
Steve Grogan was selected in the fifth round (116th overall) in the 1975 NFL Draft by the New England Patriots. Sitting behind team star quarterback and former Heisman Trophy winner Jim Plunkett, head coach Chuck Fairbanks replaced Plunkett with Grogan in midway through the '75 season. Grogan threw for 1,976 yards, 11 touchdowns and 18 interceptions. Eventually, New England would trade Plunkett in the off-season to the San Francisco 49ers in exchange for three 1st draft picks; two in 1976, and one in 1977 along with the 49ers 2nd round pick in the 1977 NFL Draft.Proclaimed the starting QB in 1976, Grogan led the Patriots to an 11-3 record and the franchise's first playoff berth since 1963 after finishing only 3-11 the previous year. The 11 wins was the clubs highest win total at the time. Along the way the Patriots defeated the defending Super Bowl champion, Pittsburgh Steelers (30-27), as well as a thumping of the Oakland Raiders (48-17) in Foxboro. The latter earning Grogan great praise from coach John Madden.His twelve rushing touchdowns during the 1976 season still stands as the most rushing touchdowns in a season by quarterback.In 1978, Grogan led the Pats to an 11-5 record, a division title and the organization's first ever home playoff game, a 31-14 loss to the Houston Oilers. The Pats set the all time single season team rushing record with 3,156 yards (Grogan rushing for 539 yards and 5 touchdowns himself). That record still stands as the most productive rushing team ever in the history of the NFL.Statistically, Grogan's best season was in 1979, when he completed 206 of 423 passes for 3,286 yards and 28 touchdowns, rushing for 368 yards and 2 touchdowns while quarterbacking the highest scoring New England offense with 411pts scored until the franchise's 2007 team surpassed the record.From 1980-1982, Grogan missed significant time due to injury. The Patriots drafted Tony Eason in 1983 as their new QB. Hall of Fame Guard and Patriots legend John Hannah once said of Grogan, 'He was the kind of guy you wanted to protect, the kind of guy you wanted to play for.'By the 1985 season, Tony Eason had taken the starting quarterback position and led the Patriots to a 2-3 record out of the gate. Coach Raymond Berry benched Eason for Grogan. The Patriots won 6 straight wins behind their old quarterback, only to lose Grogan when he suffered a broken leg in Week 11 against the New York Jets. Filling in again at QB, Eason and the Patriots lost that Jets game 16-13 in overtime, and relinquished 1st place in the AFC East Division. With Easons' return, the Patriots went 3-2 in their remaining five games. Finishing the season with an 11-5 record, the Patriots earned a wild card berth into the playoffs and eventually reached Super Bowl XX. Against the Chicago Bears, Grogan was medically cleared to play on the eve of the Super Bowl and replaced Eason in the second quarter after Eason went 0-6 in passing attempts. The Pats faced an early 13-3 deficit against Buddy Ryan's famous '46' defense, and the pass rush was too much. Grogan went on to connect on 17 of 30 passes for 177 yards and a touchdown in the 46-10 loss.