FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Original team owner Billy Sullivan and former American Football League MVP Jim Nance will be posthumously inducted into the New England Patriots Hall of Fame.

The ceremony is scheduled for Thursday before the team’s preseason game against the Cincinnati Bengals at Gillette Stadium.

Sullivan was awarded the AFL’s eighth franchise in 1959. He became majority owner in 1975 and owned the team until 1988. He died in 1998.

Nance was drafted by the Boston Patriots in the 19th round of the 1965 AFL draft. The fullback was league MVP in 1966 after rushing for 1,458 yards. His 104.1 yards per game rushing that season remains a franchise record, and his 45 career touchdowns rushing are also a franchise record.

Nance died in 1992.


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