When Matt Mulligan lines up at tight end tonight for the New England Patriots it will mark just the third time a Mainer has played for the home town team. He will be the first one to play in the NFL without having played any high school football.

The Matt Mulligan story is quite a story. A star player at Penobscot Valley HS in Howland But not in football - that school does not have a football program.

Consider the fact that he's already played in 50 NFL games and now gets his first chance to play for New England's team, well, it is a feature story in the making.

How much Mulligan plays clearly is up to coach Bill Belichick as he deals with injuries to tight ends Rob Gronkowski and Zach Sudfeld.

By the way, the other Mainers to play for the Patriots - Gardiner's Dave Cloutier played in the 1960's and Biddeford's Dennis Gadbois played in the 1980's.

You can hear Matt Mulligan and the Patriots play the Jets tonight live on Sports Radio 92.9 The Ticket. Pre-game coverage starts at 5:30PM.