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Rod Rust Drew Bledsoe Jersey Salute to Service , and later served as defensive coordinator for the New England Patriots' 1985 Super Bowl team, has died. He was 90.The Patriots announced Rust's death Wednesday. He died Tuesday at his home in Ocean City, New Jersey, according to family friend Bobby April.Rust spent more than four decades as a football coach, mostly as a defensive coordinator in the NFL with Kansas City, New England, Pittsburgh, the New York Giants and Atlanta. He spent one season as an NFL head coach with a Patriots team that went 1-15 in 1990. He also held several coaching jobs in the CFL.He began his coaching career at the college level, serving as an assistant with New Mexico and Stanford in the early 1960s before landing his first head coaching job at North Texas in 1967. Rust moved to the CFL with Montreal in 1973 and took his first NFL job as linebackers coach with Philadelphia in 1976 under then-new head coach Dick Vermeil.Rust left the Eagles to become the Chiefs' defensive coordinator in 1978 and then took over the same post with the Patriots in 1983. Three seasons later, he was part of the first Super Bowl team in Patriots history. That New England team had defeated Hall of Fame quarterback Dan Marino's Dolphins in the AFC title game in Miami before falling to the Chicago Bears in Super Bowl 20 in New Orleans. In viewing areas across America, from sports bars to living rooms Authentic Malcom Brown Jersey , explosive cheers rang out.Throughout New England, shocked silence.Whether the way the Patriots-Dolphins game ended is worthy of being dubbed the South Beach Stunner or South Beach Bummer depends on your perspective.Maybe stick with "Boise," which is what coach Adam Gase called this bit of razzle dazzle.Or Stick with "The Drake Escape" if you will, as Miami's Kenyan Drake finished off a 69-yard reception-and-lateral marvel to lift the Dolphins past the Patriots 34-33. It's the latest in the line of unforgettable plays that not only draw nicknames, but live in both celebration and infamy 鈥?again, depending on your perspective.Drake's view was simple: a miracle."Until I got in the end zone . I mean honestly, I'm sitting before you all and I still don't believe it," he said during interviews after the improbable conclusion sent New England to its fifth loss in the last six visits to South Florida."I just saw it was Gronk (Rob Gronkowski) in front of me and I was just like 'Look, I've got somewhere to be.' So I had to get in the end zone."The fact that the Patriots' superb tight end was playing safety on the desperation play was about as bizarre as the play itself 鈥?the longest to win a game with no time remaining since the NFL-AFL merger was finalized in 1970. Sure, it made sense for the 6-foot-7 Gronk, with his long reach Limited Duron Harmon Jersey , powerful body and sticky hands, to be in for a "Hail Mary" pass into the end zone. But Miami quarterback Ryan Tannehill wasn't likely to throw the ball 70 yards.So the hulking Gronk was no match for the speedy Drake, not even after the Dolphins running back had sped most of the 52 yards he carried the ball after receiving a lateral from DeVante Parker. Who had taken a lateral from Kenny Still after Tannehill's short completion.Guess Bill Belichick got outsmarted by Gase on this one. One of the Patriots coach's former star safeties, Rodney Harrison, questioned the strategy on NBC's halftime show Sunday night, astonished that Devin McCourty 鈥?nearly as good a player as Harrison was 鈥?stood on the sideline."Every time we practice it, it's for the Hail Mary," said Gronkowski who admitted he tripped chasing Drake. "You've got to be ready for anything. It's football. Just the way it ended, I mean, it sucked. I mean, I've never really been a part of anything like that."I feel like it's going to test our character big time Lawrence Guy Jersey , how we bounce back from something like that. I've just got to make that tackle."Such odd situations tend to always be part of unfathomable plays. Jack Tatum deflecting Terry Bradshaw's pass directly to a spot where Franco Harris can make a shoestring grab and turn the Immaculate Reception into perhaps the most memorable play in pro football history.Or the Giants' coaching staff opting to skip a kneel-down and have Joe Pisarcik attempt a handoff to Larry Csonka with the clock running down. Voila: the Miracle at the Meadowlands for Herm Edwards and the Eagles.Or the Music City Miracle in which the Buffalo Bills left the entire left sideline open for Kevin Dyson to take a cross-field lateral and speed to a playoff victory for the Tennessee Titans.Whether this play reaches that level of significance and remembrance remains to be determined. Suffice to say that, for now, it is the play of 2018 鈥?particularly when it happens to and not for the Patriots.Fans just about everywhere outside of the New England region rejoice when the dynasty from Foxborough loses so dramatically and spectacularly. It happened when the Patriots were unbeaten in 2007 and the Giants slayed the AFC giant in the Super Bowl. Same thing four years later. Same thing when the Eagles turned the trick last February.And this was built basically on one improbable play."They kicked the field goal," Tannehill explained, "and we have one play, so you know it's a long shot. Just the emotion of that, and then obviously the elation of seeing KD get in the end zone, it's pretty much as drastic of emotions as you can get right there, of knowing you don't have much of a shot to winning the game."And yet you win.How lasting the impact will be, who knows? As Stills said: "The Miami miracle? I like that, but it means nothing if we don't finish the season strong and find our way into the playoffs."As for New England Authentic David Andrews Jersey Salute to Service , which was denied clinching its 10th consecutive AFC East crown Sunday, that will come soon enough. This could become a motivator for a team that doesn't compare on defense to many if not all of the eight Super Bowl qualifiers since Tom Brady became quarterback. Or opponents will look more at what happened before the Drake Escape and see how leaky that D is and find more ways to attack it."It's going to test our mental toughness," Gronkowski said. "I feel like I've been going through that all year, and now to get to this point now. We've just got to keep working hard. We've just got to keep grinding. We've got to keep focusing and just come together as a team more. It's definitely, definitely going to test our mental toughness."AP Sports Writers Steven Wine, Simmi Buttar and Jake Seiner contributed.

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