Tuesday, March 11, 2014
Andre Carter couldn't contain his happiness when he talked about Isaac Sopoaga, the newly-acquired defensive tackle of the New England Patriots.
"My old teammate,'' he said, with a smile when asked about Sopoaga. " I’ve known him since he was a rookie. He came in 2004 in my 49 days. It was a great move and I’m glad to see him. Don’t know what we plan to do with him but I’m sure somehow somewhere we’ll throw him into the mix. He’s a big body.''
Sopoaga stood tall - literally - when he addressed the media for the first time. He stood on a chair in front of his locker.
To say he was excited to be leaving Philadelphia for New England is a massive understatement.
"It's a dream come true, to be honest,'' he said.
Sopoaga said it hasbeen a hectic 24 hours since he was acquired on Tuesday:
"When I found out yesterday, I was with the Eagles, and then, I have to drive to South Jersey to pack my stuff and get ready. You know how that feels.Doing your own ‘Fast and the Furious’ thing on the highway, even though it was a 50-mph speed limit. But us Samoan people, we go double the speed limit. I was going roadrunner speed.”
In other stuff:
- Tom Brady actually had a mischievous streak in him as a kid. He told us Wednesday that he egged and toilet-papered people's homes on Halloween.
You can read more on the Patriots and Halloween in Thursday's column. Let's just say Brady wasn't the only one to have some fun on Halloween night.
- Rookie punter Ryan Allen is starting to notice the difference between the NFL and college football.
" I was prepared and I had been notified about how long this season actually is. But now it’s really starting to hit me,'' he said. "Not physically but from the standpoint, 'Wow we’re only half way through and I’ve already played a whole college season (including NFL preseason).'
"My body feels good, it’s just a matter of starting to hone in and be technically sound when the weather gets bad, because it’s going to.''
Mike Lowe has covered the New England Patriots since 1999 for the Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram and has had a nice view of their emergence as one of the NFL’s premier franchises.
He’s been at the paper since 1982 and has covered everything from a Little League World Series to the Summer Olympics. He is married to Tracie and they have three children and two grandchildren.
Follow Mike on Twitter @MikeLowePPH.