FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) - Francis "Bucko" Kilroy, a former New England Patriots executive who was known throughout the league as a top talent scout, died Tuesday, the team announced. He was 86.
Kilroy was a six-time All-Pro guard for the Philadelphia Eagles during a 13-season playing career in the 1940s and 50s.
He was one of the founders of the National Football Scouting Combine, and had been a scouting consultant for the Patriots the past 13 years.
Kilroy, a Philadelphia native, joined the team as personnel director in 1971, and selected two of New England's Hall of Famers, John Hannah in 1973 and Mike Haynes in 1976. From 1976-78, Patriots teams he built compiled a 31-13 record including two playoff appearances. He was New England's general manager from 1979-1982, and vice president from 1983-1993.