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Lonie Paxton
No. 66     Denver Broncos
Long snapper
Personal information
Date of birth: March 13, 1978 (1978-03-13) (age 31)
Place of birth: Orange, California
Height: 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) Weight: 260 lb (118 kg)
Career information
College: Sacramento State
Undrafted in 2000
Debuted in 2000 for the New England Patriots
Career history
 As player:
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 2009
Games played     149
Tackles     11
Stats at NFL.com

Leonidas E. "Lonie" Paxton III born March 13, 1978 in Orange, California) is an American football long snapper for the Denver Broncos of the National Football League. He was signed by the New England Patriots as an undrafted free agent in 2000. He played college football at Sacramento State.

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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

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New England Patriots

Paxton has snapped on nine of Adam Vinatieri’s game winning field goals over the past four seasons, including his game-winning 48-yarder at the end of Super Bowl XXXVI. He famously made a snow angel in the endzone after Adam Vinatieri kicked the 23-yard field goal in overtime that gave the Patriots a 16-13 victory over 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.

Personal

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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