--Bill Belichick ranked No. 2 on HR World's recent list of "10 Coaches That Could Be Exceptional CEOs." The magazine listed Belichick's top CEO trait as "Be Willing to Admit Mistakes, Yet Be Unapologetic." That trait, according to the list, came to the forefront in Belichick's misinterpretation of NFL rules in the Spygate scandal.
Belichick was the top NFL coach on the list, trailing only Lakers head coach Phil Jackson for the top spot. Other NFL coaches included in the group were Indianapolis' Tony Dungy and Denver's Mike Shanahan.
--WR Wes Welker received the 2008 Pop Warner Inspiration to Youth Award last week at the 48th Annual All-American Scholar Banquet in Orlando. Welker earned the award for both his "record-breaking season" with the Patriots in which he tied for the NFL lead with a franchise-record 112 catches as well as his commitment to working with youth.
"We're honored to present Wes with the 2008 Pop Warner Inspiration to Youth Award. His commitment to the game of football and the way he plays the game is inspiring to all Pop Warner participants," said Jon Butler, Executive Director of Pop Warner Little Scholars. "What's more impressive is his commitment to youth off-the-field with his work with the New England Patriots and his 83 Foundation. The New England Patriots, the NFL, and Pop Warner are all fortunate to have athletes like Wes as role models for today's youth."
--LB Tedy Bruschi and Patriots head coach Bill Belichick were on hand at Gillette Stadium last weekend for three days of NCAA lacrosse championships. The event drew record crowds and saw exciting action that culminated with Syracuse winning the Division I lax title. Belichick is a huge lacrosse fan thanks to spending his youth in the lacrosse garden that is the great Annapolis (Md.) area as well as time playing in both high school and college. Besides attending the games, Belichick also spoke to the Final Four teams (Duke, Johns Hopkins, Syracuse and Virginia) at their Thursday night banquet.
--TE Kyle Brady was released by the Patriots Feb. 29, but according to a recent report in the New Bedford (Mass.) Standard Times, his tenure in New England was nearly even shorter than his single season. Without citing sources, the paper claims Brady left the team unannounced during the regular season but that the Patriots were able to "coax him into returning." The story stated that the 13-year veteran struggled to learn the New England system, regularly ran the wrong routes and was considered a less than adequate blocker.
For the record, during his only season in New England the former first-round pick played in 14 games with nine starts. Brady caught nine passes for 70 yards with two touchdowns. He then played in all three postseason games with a pair of starts, catching two passes for 15 yards. Brady -- whose career included four seasons with the Jets followed by eight years in Jacksonville -- has visited a few teams this off-season, but has yet to sign on elsewhere.
What They're Saying: "When I was baby growing up my sister told my mom she should give me a tank of milk because I drank so many bottles of milk. So the name Tank kind of stuck around after that." first-year Patriots S Clevan "Tank" Williams talking about his life-long nickname at the team's recent passing camp.
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