By Carol McCracken (Post # 2,646)
“It’s more than just about you. It’s a team effort. You have to be better than those around you,” was just some of the advice that former center for the Patriots Peter Brock told close to 200 young football players today at Fitzgerald Stadium in Portland. “Playing sports is a privilege, not an entitlement. You have to earn that entitlement,” he added during an inspiring message that lasted fifteen minutes or so. He also urged them to “take care of school work” after “kissing mom” when they get home from school.
Brock was part of a group of retired Patriots who travel to different cities in New England during the summer putting on summer camps for young football players. They put on 22 sessions each summer. This is the second time a similar group has been in Portland. The morning was spent working on football fundamentals. Following the break in which Brock spoke to them, lunch was served.
Vernon Crawford, a linebacker for the Pats, said he grew up in the projects of Georgia. He just wants these kids to know that if they study hard in school and stay out of trouble, they can be successful – regardless of their roots.
Brock and others on the field predicted that Tom Brady, Patriots QB, will play this fall. An appeal against the court’s decision to uphold NFL’s Roger Goddell game ban on Brady, MAY well get to the Supreme Court. If so, Brady will be eligible to play during that appeal time. “The Pats won’t be without Brady this fall,” said Crawford. “It’s a labor dispute. This is not about football.” said Brock. This is a power struggle as to how much power Goddell has. Theodore Olson, Esq., is Brady’s newly hired power-house attorney.
Free Brady !