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Encyclopedia > Tony Eason
Tony Eason
Date of birth October 8, 1959
Place of birth Flag of United States Blythe, California
Position(s) Quarterback
College Illinois
NFL Draft 1983 / Round 1/ Pick 15
Stats
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1983-1989
1989-1990
New England Patriots
New York Jets

Charles Carroll "Tony" Eason, IV (born October 8, 1959 in Blythe, California) was an American football quarterback who played in the National Football League for the New England Patriots and New York Jets. Eason retired after the 1990 NFL season and is currently residing in California. October 8 is the 281st day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (282nd in leap years). ... Year 1959 (MCMLIX) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Blythe is a city in Riverside County, California, United States, in the Palo Verde Valley, an agricultural area along the Colorado River. ... In American football, each team has 11 players on the field at one time. ... Navy quarterback Aaron Polanco sets up to throw. ... This is a list of athletic conferences of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA). ... The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC), is the largest campus in the University of Illinois system. ... The NFL Draft (officially the NFL Annual Player Selection Meeting) is an annual sports draft in which National Football League (NFL) teams take turns selecting amateur college American football players and other first-time eligible players. ... The 1983 NFL Draft is also frequently known as the Quarterback class of 1983, because of the six quarterbacks taken in the first round. ... City Foxborough, Massachusetts Other nicknames The Pats Team colors Nautical Blue, New Century Silver, Red, and White Head Coach Bill Belichick Owner Robert Kraft General manager Bill Belichick Mascot Pat Patriot League/Conference affiliations American Football League (1960–69) Eastern Division (1960–69) National Football League (1970–present) American Football... City East Rutherford, New Jersey Other nicknames Gang Green, the Green and White Team colors Green and White Head Coach Eric Mangini Owner Woody Johnson General manager Mike Tannenbaum League/Conference affiliations American Football League (1960-1969) Eastern Division (1960-1969) National Football League (1970–present) American Football Conference (1970... October 8 is the 281st day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (282nd in leap years). ... Year 1959 (MCMLIX) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Blythe is a city in Riverside County, California, United States, in the Palo Verde Valley, an agricultural area along the Colorado River. ... United States simply as football, is a competitive team sport that is both fast-paced and strategic. ... Navy quarterback Aaron Polanco sets up to throw. ... The National Football League (NFL) is the largest professional American football league, consisting of thirty-two teams from American cities and regions. ... City Foxborough, Massachusetts Other nicknames The Pats Team colors Nautical Blue, New Century Silver, Red, and White Head Coach Bill Belichick Owner Robert Kraft General manager Bill Belichick Mascot Pat Patriot League/Conference affiliations American Football League (1960–69) Eastern Division (1960–69) National Football League (1970–present) American Football... City East Rutherford, New Jersey Other nicknames Gang Green, the Green and White Team colors Green and White Head Coach Eric Mangini Owner Woody Johnson General manager Mike Tannenbaum League/Conference affiliations American Football League (1960-1969) Eastern Division (1960-1969) National Football League (1970–present) American Football Conference (1970... The 1990 NFL season was the 71st regular season of the National Football League. ...


College career, and the famed 1983 NFL Draft

Eason played college football at the University of Illinois. There, he affectionately earned the nickname "Champaign Tony", based upon the city in which the University is located. The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC), is the largest campus in the University of Illinois system. ... A view of Champaign from above ( see wider view). ...


He was drafted in the first round of the now famous 1983 NFL Draft (ie Class of '83), along with quarterbacks John Elway, Dan Marino, and Jim Kelly. In fact, Eason was drafted above Marino (as well as future Hall of Fame cornerback Darrell Green). The 1983 Draft is still considered the greatest year for quarterback talent coming out of the college ranks. The 1983 NFL Draft is also frequently known as the Quarterback class of 1983, because of the six quarterbacks taken in the first round. ... John Albert Elway, Jr. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... James Edward Kelly (born February 14, 1960 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) was an American football quarterback for the Buffalo Bills. ... The Pro Football Hall of Fame is the National Football Leagues Hall of Fame. ... A cornerback (also referred to as a corner) is a position in American and Canadian football, more broadly classified as a defensive back. ... Darrell Green (born February 15, 1960 in Houston, Texas) is a former NFL cornerback for the Washington Redskins from 1983 to 2002. ...


Professional career

Eason became the starting QB for the Patriots in 1984, taking over for longtime starter Steve Grogan. The following season, he started the season, but was injured. He returned towards the end of the season and helped the Patriots clinch a playoff berth with a 34-23 win over the Cincinnati Bengals in the season finale. Steve James Grogan (July 24, 1953 in San Antonio, Texas) was an American football quarterback for the New England Patriots in the National Football League from 1975 until 1990. ... City Cincinnati, Ohio Team colors Black, Orange and White Head Coach Marvin Lewis Owner Mike Brown Mascot Who Dey League/Conference affiliations American Football League (1968-1969) Western Division (1968-1969) National Football League (1970–present) American Football Conference (1970-present) AFC Central (1970-2001) AFC North (2002-present) Team...


Eason led the Patriots offense as they became the first team in NFL history to win three games on the road to reach the Super Bowl. Eason threw three touchdowns against the Miami Dolphins, led by Marino, in the AFC Championship Game, the first time New England had beaten the Dolphins at the Orange Bowl since 1966. The winning Super Bowl team receives the Vince Lombardi Trophy. ... City Miami Gardens, Florida Other nicknames The Fins Team colors Aqua Green, Coral Orange, White, and Navy Blue Head Coach Cam Cameron Owner Wayne Huizenga General manager Randy Mueller Mascot T. D. League/Conference affiliations American Football League (1966-1969) Eastern Division (1966-1969) National Football League (1970–present) American... AFC Championship Game is a football game played every year to determine the champion of the American Football Conference of the National Football League. ... The Miami Orange Bowl is a stadium in the City of Miami, Florida, near downtown. ...


Bolstered by a balanced lineup and tremendous teamwork, the Patriots made their first appearance in a Super Bowl in franchise history, meeting the very strong Chicago Bears, led by Jim McMahon and the legendary Walter Payton. However, the Bears' famed "46" defense defeated Eason and the Patriots in Super Bowl XX, as Eason became the first starting quarterback in Super Bowl history not to complete a pass, going 0-for-6 (In all fairness, his first pass- to receiver Lin Dawson would have been complete, but Dawson injured himself on the catch, dropped the pass,and left the game). Eason was replaced with Grogan, but it was too late, and the Patriots lost 46-10. It was apparent that Eason wanted no part of the Bears defense after he was hit a few times and it is widely believed that he asked out of the game. This and his propensity for getting injured have led many to rank him as the softest qb in NFL history. He led the Patriots to the AFC East title the following season, but the team was defeated by the Denver Broncos, led by Elway. City Chicago, Illinois Other nicknames Da Bears, The Monsters of the Midway Team colors Navy Blue, Orange and White Head Coach Lovie Smith Owner Virginia Halas McCaskey Chairman Michael McCaskey General manager Jerry Angelo Fight song Bear Down, Chicago Bears Mascot Staley Da Bear League/Conference affiliations Independent (1919) National... James Robert Jim McMahon (born August 21, 1959 in Jersey City, New Jersey) was an American football star in the 1980s, first at Brigham Young University and later in the professional ranks with the Chicago Bears. ... Walter Jerry Payton (July 25, 1954 – November 1, 1999) was an American football running back for the Chicago Bears. ... 46 defense is an American football defensive formation popularized by Chicago Bears defensive coordinator Buddy Ryan who later became head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles. ... Date January 26, 1986 Stadium Louisiana Superdome City New Orleans, Louisiana MVP Richard Dent, Defensive end Favorite Bears by 10 National anthem Wynton Marsalis Coin toss Bart Starr representing previous Super Bowl MVPs Referee Red Cashion Halftime show Up with People presents Beat of the Future Attendance 73,818 TV... The AFC East refers to the Eastern Division of the American Football Conference of the National Football League. ... City Denver, Colorado Other nicknames Orange Crush Team colors Orange, Broncos Navy Blue, and White[1] Head Coach Mike Shanahan Owner Pat Bowlen General manager Ted Sundquist Mascot Miles League/Conference affiliations American Football League (1960-1969) Western Division (1960-1969) National Football League (1970–present) American Football Conference (1970...


Retirement

Later in his career, Eason struggled for a couple of seasons in New England before being traded to the New York Jets during the 1989 NFL season. Eason would share quarterback duties his final season with yet another member of the "Class of '83", Ken O'Brien. City East Rutherford, New Jersey Other nicknames Gang Green, the Green and White Team colors Green and White Head Coach Eric Mangini Owner Woody Johnson General manager Mike Tannenbaum League/Conference affiliations American Football League (1960-1969) Eastern Division (1960-1969) National Football League (1970–present) American Football Conference (1970... The 1989 NFL season was the 70th regular season of the National Football League. ... Ken OBrien (born 1960) was an American football quarterback who played in the National Football League for the New York Jets and Philadelphia Eagles. ...


He never achieved quite the same notoriety as John Elway or Dan Marino, each of whom became icons for fans, and both of whom played their entire long careers for the same team. However, although his career was brief, Eason's NFL career was one of moderate success.

Preceded by
Steve Grogan
New England Patriots Starting Quarterback
1984-1986
Succeeded by
Steve Grogan

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Tony Eason - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (510 words)
Tony Eason (born October 8, 1959 in Blythe, California) was an American football quarterback who played in the National Football League for the New England Patriots and New York Jets.
Eason led the Patriots offense as they became the first team in NFL history to win three games on the road to reach the Super Bowl.
Eason threw three touchdowns against the Miami Dolphins, led by Marino, in the AFC Championship Game, the first time New England had beaten the Dolphins at the Orange Bowl since 1966.
NewStandard: 1/20/97 (965 words)
Eason found out about it from Les Steckel, who was his quarterback coach in New England under Raymond Berry.
Hannah damaged Eason's reputation severely, leaving a false impression about a quarterback who, until he injured his right shoulder in 1987, was as effective as any the Patriots have ever had.
Eason was part of the great quarterback class of 1983, taken in the first round out of Illinois after John Elway, Todd Blackledge and Jim Kelly, and ahead of Ken O'Brien and Dan Marino.
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