October 27, 2013

Andre Carter glad to be back with Patriots

The veteran defensive lineman looks to add leadership to a young defense.

By Mike Lowe mlowe@pressherald.com
Staff Writer

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“I told them they were representing something special,” he said. “I said, ‘You’re representing your last name, your family and this organization. Make a name for yourself. This is an opportunity, have fun with it.’

“I know at times when the next man comes up there’s a lot of pressure on him. Can that be motivation? Or can that be your own worst enemy? I think it depends on the individual.”

He knows what they’re going through and wants them to relax so that they can perform when the time comes.

“You’ve got to grow up fast,” he said, of the rookie linemen. “This is a grow-up-fast business.

“I will do my best to help them in any way possible ... Everybody has to be accountable for their job. Just as we get paid for Sunday, so does your opponent. So, as an individual, you better be on your notepad, taking notes and understanding what you have to do and what’s your objective every Sunday.”

The best thing he can teach them, he said, is what it means to be a professional player.

“It’s not just about my experience,” he said. “Practice what you preach. I’ve always been big on that. I’m going to go out there and give them what I have. I may not know everybody by name, but just as long as you wear that jersey, I’m your teammate and we’re in this together.”

Carter said it was tough coming here and seeing empty lockers where Mayo and Wilfork once dressed.

“Those are just guys who you love to play with and play for,” he said. “And I will continue to play for them, even though they’re not on the field.”

After the Patriots passed on Carter following the 2012 Super Bowl, he signed with Oakland after the next season began. He finished with 13 tackles and 2.5 sacks in 12 games for the Raiders. Then he was cut in training camp this year.

So he went home and began thinking about life after football. He continued to work out, but also began working toward a possible future in television as a commentator. He watched the Patriots season unfold from afar, wincing when his friends went down with injuries.

“I focused on other career avenues in case nothing did happen in terms of returning here,” he said. “Lo and behold, I’m here now.”

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