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Brady on Welker's 'Chip'

Posted by Albert Breer  June 4, 2010 10:19 PM

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Now that we have that pesky contract stuff out of the way, we can get Patriots QB Tom Brady's take on the story of the week -- Wes Welker's return to the practice field just four months after reconstructive knee surgery.

Put it this way: Brady didn't seem all together shocked.

"He's such a hard worker, and Wes has that chip on his shoulder," Brady said. "I think any time you're an undrafted free agent, and you get cut by a team like he did with San Diego, you always kinda of carry that with you."

Brady also assessed the team's early OTA work, saying that, "It's a long process for all of us. A lot of us are getting to know each other for the first time, and it's fun to be out there and see your teammates in a really competitive environment. It's been a lot of fun."

And as for the reason he was there ... The flag football game was pretty interesting. Brady was the all-time quarterback (kinda like you sometimes had one at recess in middle school), and the two teams were a mix of players, donors, and the good folks involved with BestBuddies.

The game went to overtime, with one of the kids scoring the winning touchdown. Tully Banta-Cain did draw some penalties and had a pretty ugly drop, while Julian Edelman scored a long touchdown, had a pick-six, but also let one slip through his fingers. Oh, and our pal Andy Gresh blew out ... something, and hobbled around some. The BestBuddies Challenge is tomorrow, so the weekend's just getting started for Brady.

“It’s a really great organization, and they really understand what it is to give back,” Brady said. “I’m really honored to be a part of it, they work so hard over the course of the year together. Hopefully tomorrow it doesn’t rain too hard.”
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