Take years of research, access to the team’s archive and a bunch of football cards and you come up with a huge tome worthy of any NFL bookshelf.
There’s dedication and then there’s obsession. Bob Hyldburg probably wouldn’t argue he’s got a little bit of both in him.
The Woburn, MA resident is the author of Total Patriots: The Definitive Encyclopedia of the World-Class Franchise. It’s essentially a complete team history of the Boston/New England Patriots from the early days of the American Football League to the Belechick/Brady/Bruschi era.
Hyldburg supplemented his research for the 800-plus page book with some great old memorabilia and photos. He also used some football cards from his own collection.
"I was just a frustrated fan," he told the local newspaper, which featured the book’s story this week..