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ABOUT TOWN: Steve Grogan, Award Winners Headline Stoughton Chamber's Annual Meeting

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CHAMBER HOLDS ANNUAL DINNER & AWARDS: A large gathering at the Brenner Conference Room on January 9, 2012 turned out for the Stoughton Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting.

Before the awards, guest speaker Steve Grogan, the New England Patriots quarterback from 1975-1990, entertained the crowd with self-deprecating stories of his adventures as a professional football player.

At the time of his retirement, Grogan led the franchise as the all-time leader in passing yards (26,886) and passing touchdowns (182). He is currently third lifetime in passing yards and passing touchdowns behind Tom Brady and Drew Bledsoe. His 16 seasons are the most ever for a Patriots player.

Grogan light-heartedly compared himself with current Patriots QB Tom Brady.

"I was a fifth rounder out of Kansas State, Heisman Trophy winner Jim Plunkett got hurt and I played much sooner than expected. The same thing happened with Tom, with Drew Bledsoe," he said. "But there are three major differences between Tom and myself. I didn't win three Super Bowls; I never made 15 million dollars a year; and my wife didn't make twice what I made modeling underwear."

Grogan currently owns the Grogan/Marciano Sporting Goods Store in Mansfield. He predicted a Patriots win against the Broncos in the AFC Divisional Round of the playoffs this weekend, and that they would face Baltimore in the AFC Championship.  

Awards were presented to Cindy Pazyra (Volunteer of the Year); Fred Yaitanes and Nadine Israel of the Fred & Nadine Real Estate Team (Business Persons of the Year); and Randolph Savings Bank (Business of the Year).

An award was also given posthumously to the late David Parsons of Malcolm & Parsons Insurance Agency, accepted by his sister, Amne. David , after a battle with cancer.

Pazyra chaired the  (The Memory Room fundraiser), and has served on numerous town committees, from the food pantry fundraisers to the . She is also an elected Town Meeting member and Chamber Board member.

Yaitanes (also a Chamber Board member) and Israel serve on a number of Chamber committees, and conduct fundraisers for the food pantries every year.

The Randolph Savings Bank's hosts the , which features many business cards and brochures. RSB President Jack Doyle, and bank managers Beth Snell  (a Chamber Board member) and Maria Pimental, accepted the award.

Crimmins served as emcee for the evening. Presenting the awards were Stoughton Chamber Chairman Chris Petrie and Massachusetts State Representatives Lou Kafka (D-Stoughton) and Bill Galvin (D-Canton).

Faces In the Crowd: FinCom member and School Committee candidate Dr. Erdem Ural; Selectman candidate and Attorney Robert O'Regan; N.E. Sinai President Dr. Judy Waterston; Copley at Stoughton president Steve Tyer; Old Colony YMCA CEO Vinnie Marturano; and Stoughton Veteran's Agent Mike Pazyra (hubby of the volunteer of the year). 

The festivities were taped by videographer Evan Schneider and should be up on You Tube sometime soon. We'll share the link as soon as it’s available.  

Also addressing the crowd: Stoughton Police Executive Officer Robert Devine, who is the Acting Police Chief, filling in for who is participating in an elite FBI training academy in Virginia; and Stephanie Patton, the new Substance Abuse Prevention Coordinator for (Organizing Against Substances in Stoughton). 

Kudos were given to Chamber Executive Director Terry Schneider and Membership Director Joanne Schneider for their efforts at the event.

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Fiscal Conservative January 11, 2012 at 01:49 PM
Steve Grogan-----"Class Act". Wish today's athletes were like him. Unfortunately, most will never be able to carry his shoes. Today's student/athletes could learn a lot from him, how to carry themselves on the field/court/rink & in life.
DJ January 11, 2012 at 03:42 PM
I don't think the Tatum family and many others would agree. It's a pretty low threshold that Brady and others easily outshine him on. He was a tough,hard player though
Jeffrey Pickette (Editor) January 11, 2012 at 04:56 PM
Hi DJ, one thing Steve Grogan mentioned which I thought was interesting was that the style of play in the 70s vs. the style of play today impacted players' numbers. He passed maybe 20 times per game back in those days; Brady and current NFL QBs not named Tebow often throw 20 times in a single half. If Grogan had 600+ attempts a season his numbers would most likely have been higher than what they were and he would have retired with more passing yards, TDs, etc. Still, I'm not arguing that he is better than Brady. While Bledsoe once held this distinction, it is an understatement to say Brady is clearly the best QB this franchise has ever had, and he is one of the best to ever play in the NFL. Hope he can lead the team to a deep playoff run starting on Saturday vs. the Broncos.
DJ January 12, 2012 at 12:02 AM
Thanks Jeff. I appreciate that synopsis and agree. I was however not only referring to talent, but more FCs opinion of Grogan being a "class act", hence my reference to the Tatum family.
lowertaxes January 12, 2012 at 01:54 PM
Oh DJ you are joking right? Because he didn't say he was sad when Tatum died, Tatum, a man who paralyzed one of Grogans teammates which cause him and early death and then never even apologized or showed any remorse for it. Give me a break. I have met Grogan on a few occations and he has never been anything but a class act, which is a lot more than I can say for some of the other players I have crossed paths with.
DJ January 12, 2012 at 03:28 PM
LT, are you also FC? I have nothing against SG and remember him a s tough and dedicated player. I do not however find him to be any more classy then the likes of Brady and others. To each his own. Grogan has complained about not having access to the new players. Maybe you should advocate for him.
Fiscal Conservative January 12, 2012 at 04:12 PM
DJ.... LT isn't me. Don't know who LT is. I have had the occation to meet SG on many occations in the past. My opinion is based on what I have seen from him, directly towards me and what he has done within the community as both a professional athlete and a member of the community. Both sides of his life, I have never seen him utilize his status as an athlete to get ahead, as some have. As a professional athlete he did "what he had to", yet he was never an embarassment to his organization as many today are. I have seen him, as a private person, within his community coaching youth sports, like most of us, doing it for unselfish reasons. Try getting some of today's athletes to step out on their own. Many do, many don't and many won't. That comes in every era of our society. There are those that care and there are those that don't. So, my opinion is based on personal experiences with the individual, not on speculation. I'm entitled to develop views from my experiences. Whether you like my point of view or not means nothing to me. Your likes or dislikes are yours that you developed. I don't find anything wrong with that. What I don't understand is why some people always assume that they are "more" correct than others and fault those that disagree with them. In the old days it was OK to "agree to disagree". I still live by that creed. Good day.
DJ January 12, 2012 at 04:32 PM
Where did I fault you for your opinion? Glad you think highly of him Feel free too, but realize, you have no knowledge of what I know personally and the only one "assuming" is you, so I don't think your living by your creed the way you think you are.

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