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Lonie Paxton

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Position: Long snapper
Personal information
Date of birth: (1978-03-13) March 13, 1978 (age 42)
Place of birth: Orange, California
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Career information
College: Sacramento State
Undrafted: 2000
Career history
Career highlights and awards
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Games played: 184
Tackles: 11
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Leonidas E. "Lonie" Paxton III (born March 13, 1978) is a former American football long snapper. He played college football at Sacramento State and was signed by the New England Patriots as an undrafted free agent in 2000. Paxton has also been a member of the Denver Broncos.

Early years

When Paxton was a child growing up in southern California, he and his father would attend Los Angeles Rams games, where his father, a retired construction worker and football fan, had season tickets in seats right next to where the long snappers would practice during the game. At Centennial High School in Corona, California, Paxton was a three-year starter as a two-way lineman and long snapper. As a senior, he was selected as the team's Lineman of the Year.

College career

At Sacramento State, Paxton was a four-year starter as a long snapper and an offensive lineman. As a junior, he was part of an offensive line that blocked for the NCAA Division I-AA rushing leader. As a senior, he helped his team lead the Big Sky Conference in rushing yards per game with 234.2 rushing yards per game. He majored in communications at Sacramento State. He earned Rookie of the Year honors as a freshman, junior of the year and co-lineman of the year as a senior.

Professional career

New England Patriots

Paxton snapped on nine of Adam Vinatieri’s game-winning field goals over four seasons, including his game-winning 48-yarder at the end of Super Bowl XXXVI. He famously made a snow angel in the end zone after Adam Vinatieri kicked a 23-yard field goal in overtime to give the Patriots a 16-13 victory over the Oakland Raiders which put them in the 2001 AFC championship game. He repeated his victory snow angel on the Louisiana Superdome turf after Vinatieri's kick beat the St. Louis Rams in Super Bowl XXXVI.

In 2003, Paxton established the Active Force Foundation, a non-profit organization that designs and donates special sports equipment to physically challenged athletes.

Denver Broncos

On February 27, 2009, Paxton signed a five-year, $5.3 million contract with the Denver Broncos. The deal includes a $1 million signing bonus. This made Paxton the second-highest paid long snapper in the NFL, slightly behind Ryan Pontbriand of the Cleveland Browns. He was released by Denver on February 15, 2013.


Paxton is the oldest of 6 siblings with 2 brothers and 3 foster brothers and sisters. He has worked with the Shriners Hospitals for Children in Sacramento, California. He is half Greek on his father's side;[1] his father's lineage is from Sparta, Greece.[2]

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