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Willie McGinest will serve as honorary captain for Patriots Sunday

01.16.14 at 3:58 pm ET

In honor of the 20th anniversary of Robert Kraft‘s ownership of the Patriots, the team announced Thursday that Willie McGinest — the first draft pick of the Kraft Era — will serve as the honorary captain for Sunday’s AFC title game in Denver.

McGinest was a cornerstone of New England’€™s Super Bowl titles in 2001, 2003 and 2004, after being selected by the Patriots in the first round of the 1994 NFL Draft out of Southern California. He played 11 of his 15 NFL seasons with the Patriots, seeing action in 18 playoff games, four AFC Championship games and four Super Bowls.

McGinest eclipsed two NFL postseason records during his time with the Patriots — most sacks in a game with 4.5 in a Wild Card game vs. Jacksonville and career postseason sacks with 16.

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