Maroney Details Draft Call

Former Gophers running back Laurence Maroney needed a little extra time before talking with the New England Patriots, his new team in the NFL.

Laurence Maroney was indisposed, but not completely unavailable.

Turns out the Minnesota running back was tending to some business on draft day when the Patriots called his cell phone to tell him that he was their guy with the 21st overall pick.

"My sister had my phone, and one of the little kids ran into the bathroom and said, ‘The phone is for you' and I picked up the phone and the guy was like, ‘We're on the clock right now. We're thinking about drafting you. How do you feel about that?'" Maroney recalled. "It caught me off guard."

Maroney eventually made it back out to the TV.

"I was on hold for a minute and I was just looking at the TV screen and there were a lot of commercials on, so they must have been talking about it. Then (coach Bill Belichick) came on and was just breaking it down to me, you know, ‘We drafted for you to come in and compete and help the team out.' And he was like, ‘How do you feel about being a Patriot?' And I said, ‘I feel good about it.' Then it came across the TV that New England drafted me and it was a great feeling."


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