Steve Nelson played for the Patriots from 1974-87 and the linebacker was the nucleus of the Patriots defense. Nelson was voted to three Pro Bowls recorded over 100 tackles nine times during his career. He led the Patriots in tackles in 8 of his 14 seasons, including an unofficial team record of 207 in 1988. After retirement, he coached for the Patriots and built Curry College into a perennial power. More recently, Nelson has become a familiar football analyst on local television and radio. In 1993, Nelson was inducted into the Patriots Hall of Fame.