September 10, 2013

Patriots Beat: Mainer's journey through NFL leads to a stop with Patriots

By Mike Lowe
Staff Writer

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Mulligan's biggest fans know he understands the game, how it's played on the field and in the board room. Last March he was scheduled to speak to some UMaine athletes.

"That very day," said Cosgrove, "he found out he was released by the Rams. It was a very down day for him. Yet he came in and did a great job speaking to our kids."

Mulligan had other offers after the Packers released him. "There was a lot (of interest) actually," he said. "Initially before they let me go there were some teams looking to trade for me. That didn't work out. We had a few teams calling, other opportunities for sure. But this was the best fit."

Mulligan looks at the whole picture, the way the Patriots have embraced tight ends, not only for blocking but receiving, and likes the possibilities.

"I always try to get better," he said. " I'm always working after practice. I stayed after practice today catching passes, run some routes, things of that nature. But at the same time I know what I do best and I try to exemplify that as best I can."

Most of all, said Mulligan, he's happy to be close to home. He may still be 51/2 hours away from his home in Lincoln, but he, his wife Stephanie and their 5-month-old daughter, Clara, are a lot closer than they've ever been.

"Hopefully I'll be able to share more experiences with people and family I've been away from the last six years," said Mulligan. "Maybe have my parents down for the weekend, stuff like that."

Mulligan, by the way, grew up a Dallas Cowboys fan. Chances are you won't find many of those in his family any more.

"Everyone's always been rooting for me," he said. "But in the back of their minds the Pats are in their hearts. So I think it makes it a lot easier for a lot of people now."

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