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May 27, 2009

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Brent

I don't think so when you see howo excited he is just to get on the field and practice.

"So, this year if I hear [the Pats have] two-a-day practices? Great! Let's have three. Whatever you say, Coach. You need something from the players? Let me know, and I'll do what I can to get the players to do it."


"I'll tell you what I'm looking forward to -- practice," he said. "Screw the games; they'll take care of themselves. I want to be out there with my guys. I'm so anxious to get out there and practice."

Beth

Thanks for pointing out those other quotes, that's a good point - it may have been the 'gladiators' thing was just getting caught up in his enthusiasm to get back to the field. And it's well-known that he's an extremely competitive person. I'm sure it's been killing him not to be on the field.

You could also interpret the surprise that they played the game without him as the 'denial' stage of his grief process being taken out for the season - I'm sure a similar feeling occurs to lots of people who are sidelined from whatever they do with an illness or injury.

In the end I think the thing that I remain mad at him about (and it sounds like his wife was too!) is the walking-on-the-knee thing which seems to have led to the infection. Luckily the infection was got under control with subsequent surgery, but that's no guarantee--he might've wound up with surgery on BOTH knees if the infection had continued to cause problems. Then you're looking at a potential end to his career. It just seems like it was so dumb of him to do that, and I don't think of him as a dumb person.

But all's well that ends well, I guess. I hope he really is feeling as good as everyone says now.

Brent

I am just glad the operated on the correct knee..... imagine if they went into the wrong one.

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