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Robert Kraft: Death of Chuck Fairbanks ‘a sad day for generations of Patriots fans’

04.02.13 at 6:05 pm ET

Patriots owner Robert Kraft has issued a statement on he death of former coach Chuck Fairbanks.

‘€œAs a Patriots season ticket holder, I remember the excitement that was generated by the hiring of Chuck Fairbanks from the University of Oklahoma in 1973,’€ said Kraft in a statement issued by the team. ‘€œCoach Fairbanks gave the Patriots instant credibility. For Patriots fans of that era, Fairbanks was the Bill Parcells before Bill Parcells. Meaning, he did for the Patriots in the ‘€˜70s what Bill Parcells did for the team in the ‘€˜90s.

“He delivered the franchise’€™s first 11-win season in 1976 and earned a home playoff game after winning the division in 1978. It was the first time in franchise history that we hosted a playoff game. He introduced the 3-4 defense to the NFL during his Patriots tenure, which remains a part of his NFL legacy. It is a sad day for a generation of Patriots fans who enjoyed his era of coaching. My thoughts and prayers are with the Fairbanks family and all who mourn his loss.’€

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