Height: 6’5 Weight: 275
Year: 13 Yrs/Pat: 13
Acquired: D-1b 1976
Major: Environmental Biology
Born: Jul 14, 1954 Portland OR
Since we never hear much from offensive linemen when they’re playing, it’s safe to say now that Pete Brock is on the radio (WBCN) every Sunday the Patriots play, we know more about him as a Patriots alumnus than we did when he was a player.
Make no mistake, however, in the football world, Pete was known as one of the best linemen around.
He grew up in Portland, Oregon and attended Jesuit High School there. He excelled on the gridiron making the Oregon All State squad two years and being selected to the Parade Magazine High School All American list.
Always a lover of the outdoors, he opted for the University of Colorado in Boulder where he majored in Environmental Biology and minored in History. The honors continued during his collegiate career as a Collegiate All American, Hula Bowl All Star and Chicago Tribune College All Star. They even continued long after his college playing days were over — in 1989 he was selected for Colorado’s Team of the Century.
Certainly the Patriots took notice and drafted Pete in the first round of the 1976 draft. The honors continued during his 12-year career (10 as a starter): 1979 Unsung Hero Award; 1984 Jim Lee Hunt Award; 1985 Ed Block Memorial Courage Award (NFL); 1986 Miller Lite NFL Lineman of the Year. Finally, the readers of Patriots Football Weekly selected Pete for their Patriots Team of the Century at his center position.
Since football, Pete has been in involved in a variety of businesses including the Research and Development division of Nike and as founder and president of Frontline Technologies, Inc., a systems integration and custom software development company that was later acquired by CheckFree Investment Services.
Pete is still in involved with the Patriots in a number ways. In addition to serving as President of the New England Patriots Alumni Club, he’s been the pre- and post-game analyst for WBCN’s Patriots broadcasts since 1996. In 2001, he filled in for Gino Cappelletti as color analyst during the games while Gino was recuperating from surgery.
Pete has four children, Stephanie, John, Shannon and Joshua.
From 1988 Patriots’ Media Guide
In 1987 played in four games (three starts -at Jets 9-21, at Indy 10-25 and vs. Raiders 11-1)…went on IR with knee injury (from 11-3 to 12-8)…had arthroscope on right knee on 11-9 (ligament tear) and had off-season operation on collar bone (1-13-88)…is sixth on club’s games played list at 154 (needs six to move into 5th)…had healthy 1986 season starting all the team’s outings at the center spot…1986 was his first injury free season since 1982 (when he started all nine games played that season and it was his first 16 game regular season since 1981)…in 1985 made major contribution once again in plugging up middle of offensive line…played in nine games over regular season starting in all but one…had arthroscope on both knees on 10-24-85 after right knee locked on him day before – no damage discovered in right knee and had small tear of cartilage and cartilage removed in left knee…was placed on IR 10-26 and came off Nov. 30th…made first outing sisnce 10-20 at Indy vs. Detroit on 12-8 when Morriss ejected in 3rd quarter…at Miami on 12-16 dressed for game but did not play…returned to starting lineup vs. Bengals on 12-22…Was awarded the Ed Block Memorial Courage Award for his contributions on the field, even though hurt…in 1984 was having fine year until he came up against a short week in the schedule that had the Patriots play on a Sunday and then a Thursday game (Thanksgiving at Dallas 11-22)…he tested his left knee prior to the game but it did not respond, he was not able to play the rest of the schedule…had arthroscope on his right knee upon close of ’84 season…the 1983 recipient of the Jim Hunt Memorial Award presented to the team’s outstanding lineman, Pete started in 13 games in 1984…in the 11th game of the seson, a 17-6 win over Miami (11-13-83), Pete suffered a knee injury on the first play of the game…despite the fact that he had to undergo an arthroscopy after the game, Pete played the balance of the game and led the Patriots to a 224 yard rushing day against the Dolphins…he then misssed just 2 games before returning to start and play a full game in 7-0 win over his brother Stan and the New Orleans Saints (12-4)…after missing the next game against the Rams, Pete started the final game of the 1983 season at Seattle…prior to injuring his knee in ’83 Pete had started 36 consecutive games since assuming the starting center role in 1981…he is only the third regular starting Patriots’ center since 1964, having succeeded Bill Lenkaitis (1975-80) and Jon Morris (1964-74)…over the 1982 and 1983 season the Patriots rushed for more yards (3,952) than any other NFL team…Pete played all 16 games of 1980 at center…worked as apex in the line behind Bill Lenkaitis playing the second and fourth quarters while Lenkaitis played the first and third stanzas…primary backup at center and guard through first ten games of 1979 he started last six games at LT in place of the injured Dwight Wheeler…started at RG in 27-7 win over Chicago (10-7-79) and played the other positions (LT, WB and long snapper) in same series of plays…his versatility in filling all positions and shoring up the Patriots’ offensive line that was riddled with injuries earned Pete the 1776 Fan Club’s Unsung Hero Award for 1979…not only did he snap for FG, PAT and punts, Pete also has played as wingback or third TE in the offense…started at LG in place of absent John Hannah (contract dispute) for first three games of ’77…as a rookie Pete caught a TD pass vs. NY Jets…one of three first round picks by Patriots in 1976 draft…he and Tim Fox were chosen with first round picks acquired from San Francisco in Jim Plunkett trade…second offensive lineman, 12th player selected in 1976 draft.
Games Played/Started: 1976 -14/0, 1977 -14/4, 1978 -15/0, 1979 -16/7, 1980 -16/0, 1981 -16/16, 1982 -9/9, 1983 -13/13, 1984 -12/12, 1985 -9/8, 1986 -16/16, 1987 -4/3, Total: 154/88.
Other Stats: Fumbles: 1979 -2, 1986 -1. Fumble Recoveries: 1976 -1, 1979 -2, 1980 -1, 1981 -1, 1982 -1, 1986 -1. Receiving: 1976 -one for six yds. (TD) at NY Jets 11-21.
From 1988 Patriots’ Media Guide
Consensus All-America and co-captain at Colorado his senior year…Played in the Hula Bowl, opted out of Japan Bowl due to sprained ankle…Was one of three first round draft picks by the Patriots, 12th pick overall.
There’s no other position in sports that embodies teamwork like those of the offensive line in football. The role of the offensive lineman is to pave the way for the success of others and thereby the team as a whole. The offensive lineman is unheralded, often unknown but always vital to winning. At the center of the Patriots offensive line for 13 years was Pete Brock.
Pete became a mainstay for the Patriots, playing in 152 games and starting at every one of the offensive line positions as well as tight end. In 1978, he was part of a unit that led the way to the NFL single season rushing record which still stands today. Among the many accolades bestowed on Pete was being named to the Patriots All Decade Team for the eighties, the Miller NFL Lineman of the Year, the University of Colorado Team of the Century and in 2009, being inducted into the Oregon Sports Hall of Fame.
In his post-football life, Pete has taken the unique lessons he learned from the perspective of an NFL offensive lineman on what it takes to win and applied them to business. While still active with the Patriots as president of the New England Patriots Alumni Club and with his work on the team’s flagship radio station, Pete has also excelled in the business world as an entrepreneur.
From the trenches to boardroom, Pete Brock shares his unusual insights on how to succeed in today’s competitive world.
“I can only thank you for the contribution that you made to our recognition night. Your story of how you grew up with your brothers and your striving to make it to the NFL and then ultimately your experiences of team building, leadership and motivation were outstanding”
– James W Blake
President & CEO, Harbor One Credit Union
“Pete Brock was a talented football player but he is also a brilliant speaker. He kept the audience engaged with his wit and humor. He relayed personal stories of his experiences as a team member of the Patriots that made a positive impact on our work and our school system. Should you choose to contract with Pete as a speaker for your event, you will be the recipient of an intelligent and brilliant speaker who will impact your organization in a very positive way”
– Dr Margaret Frieswyk, Ed. D.
Superintendent of Schools, Avon Public Schools
In addition to Pete’s work in the corporate world, he is the president of The New England Patriots Alumni Club. NEPAC is a 501-(c)3 organization providing an opportunity for former New England Patriots players to remain actively involved with each other, the Patriots organization, and the community. It’s mission is to support and fund youth and high school sports programs throughout New England with an emphasis on football.