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Gostkowski doing good work on and off the field

Posted by Greg A. Bedard  February 16, 2011 01:00 PM

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Patriots kicker Stephen Gostkowski took a break from the rehab on his right quad today to brighten the day of quite a few youngsters at Children’s Hospital in Boston.

Gostkowski was a guest on the hospital’s in-house Mid-Week Morning Show, which is broadcast to all the rooms, and signed autographs and posed for pictures. Gostkowski then donned scrubs and a surgical mask on room-to-room visits in the oncology department.

“I got the opportunity to come up here and I didn’t hesitate to do it,” said Gostkowski, who has a 14-month-old son, Slayden, with wife Hallie. “Anytime I can come up to a hospital with kids involved and brighten their day, I’m up for it any day of the week. It’s something I’m passionate about…Just to have this jersey on and to put a couple smiles on kid’s faces that haven’t smiled in a while is very rewarding and brings meaning to what you can do with your status as an athlete in this area."

Gostkowski said he’s making progress from his November surgery to repair his torn right quad and expects to be at full strength for the season.

“I feel real good,” he said. “From where I was, having surgery and on crutches for a couple weeks, you’re pretty down then, but you progress every day. They (doctors and trainers) reiterate to me that they see no problems moving forward and you just have to trust them. I’m not scared to get hurt and I’m not worried about the repercussions of it. It’s something that happened and I’m looking forward to next year.”

Gostkowski said he’ll likely head to his college, the University of Memphis, to continue his rehab if the players are locked out by the owners.

“I’ve got plans for whatever happens,” he said. “My plan is to stay up here as long as I can and if something does happen I have opportunities in Tennessee at my college and with people that I know down there. The only thing I’m worried about is getting ready to play. I know I’ll be ready.”

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