Aug. 8, 1988

Patriots lineback Lawrence McGrew agreed to a new five-year contract, telling head coach Raymond Berry that he’d be reporting for duty over the weekend.

The weekend came, the weekend went, and McGrew was nowhere near Smithfield R.I., summer home of the Pats. His holdout had lasted two weeks, now he was AWOL for another three days.

Patriots lineback coach Don Shinnick told the Boston Globe, “All I want to know is that he’ll be on the field tomorrow morning. I hope he makes it.”

McGrew arrived, signed a contract worth $2.3 million over five years, and hit the practice field.

Long before Sheriff Buford T. Belichick was the law in Foxboro, these training camp shenanigans were far more common. Or so it seemed.

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