Dave Cloutier, first Mainer to play for Patriots, dies at 78

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Dave Cloutier, first Mainer to play for Patriots, dies at 78

Postby Tom Nolette » Tue Nov 28, 2017 1:32 am

Dave Cloutier, first Mainer to play for Patriots, dies at 78

...He played for the Patriots – known then as the Boston Patriots – in 1964 after starring at the University of Maine.

Cloutier received a football scholarship from the University of South Carolina, but transferred to UMaine after his freshman season. He became one of UMaine’s all-time great running backs, leading Maine in scoring in 1959 and 1961 and in rushing in 1959. He was second in rushing in 1960 and second in pass receiving in 1961. He rushed for 159 yards in a 1959 game against Bates, tying Maine’s single-game record at the time.

Walter Abbott, the former Maine head football coach, was an assistant coach when Cloutier played for the Black Bears and said, simply, “He was really something else.

“He was one of the best players ever to play here. He was an amazing individual. Speed, size and strength for those days and toughness … He had them all.”

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