Knighton looked to Wilfork for advice before signing with Patriots


Knighton looked to Wilfork for advice before signing with Patriots

Terrance Knighton may be more familiar with the history of the Patriots franchise than most new signees who step into Gillette Stadium for the first time. Born in Hartford, Conn. and a Windsor High alum, Knighton grew up admiring all four major professional sports teams in the area, including coach Bill Belichick's Patriots. 

Now, after signing a one-year deal with the team, the 29-year-old defensive tackle has a chance to make a mark on the franchise he watched growing up.

"Being a big fan of guys like Vince Wilfork, Willie McGinest, Tedy Bruschi, just those leaders on defense," Knighton said during a conference call with reporters. "Guys that have won games and won Super Bowls -- Rodney Harrison -- guys that were great leaders on and off the field, and were role models for me growing up and guys who I modeled myself after on the field, like a Vince Wilfork.

"Obviously it's big shoes to fill, and me being a big guy . . . people will look for me to be like a Wilfork replacement, but I'm not thinking about thhat. I'm just going to come in and work hard everyday, and just try to create my own niche in the organization."

Knighton had a chance to hang out with Wilfork recently at the wedding of Broncos corner Aqib Talib. He said the two recently had a long conversation about what it meant to play for the Patriots organization, and eventually Knighton decided it was the place for him.

"He was telling me it's a grind, but at the end of the day, it's football," Knighton said. "But it's a good environment to be around, it's a good building to be in. He had nothing but good things to say about the organization. I'm just excited, and I'm just looking forward to getting in the building and learning as much football as I can and being around the guys."

As a free agent, Knighton received some interest from his former team in Washington, but ultimately the Patriots had too much to offer for him to pass on the chance to return to this region. 

"I just followed my heart," Knighton said, "and my heart told me to go to New England . . . I just felt like it was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to play for a team that obviously I loved watching play growing up."

The Patriots offseason program begins in just under two weeks, and the 6-foot-3 behemoth -- who said he has lost weight since he checked in at about 350 pounds last season -- explained that he is looking forward to getting to work. 

"It all starts in April, and it starts for us April 18 with the hard work that we put in during OTAs, during camp," he said. "This is obviously a team that doesnt just believe in showing up on Sundays."

Spoken like a man who has watched the Patriots from afar for quite some time. 

Shaq carries Gronk at Miami dance-off

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Shaq carries Gronk at Miami dance-off

Remember when Brandin Cooks rode Rob Gronkowski around like a horse to celebrate a Patriots touchdown back in November?

Well, Gronk doing Gronk things in Miami managed to find about the only person he could ride. 

Shaquille O'Neal, at 7-foot-1, gave 6-7 Gronk a ride on his shoulders as they celebrated the debut of "Shaq's Fun House" as part of the three-day Ultra Music Festival in Miami.

So, who won the dance-off?

Shaq vs @gronk dance battle you tell me who won

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Report: Patriots' Harmon detained in Costa Rica with pot

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Report: Patriots' Harmon detained in Costa Rica with pot

Patriots safety Duron Harmon has returned to the U.S. after he was reportedly temporarily detained when he tried to enter Costa Rica with 58 grams of marijuana.

The Costa Rica Star reports that Harmon, 27, was traveling from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and was temporarily detained Friday night in Costa Rica with the marijuana inside a can of Arizona ice tea, along with three pipes with cannabis oil, THC candy and four glass containers with compressed marijuana weighing a total of 4.3 grams.

"We are aware of the situation involving Duron Harmon Friday night in Costa Rica," the Patriots said in a statement. "He has since returned to the U.S. and we are seeking to gain more information. At this time, we have no further update."

Harmon, who has been with the Patriots his entire five-year NFL career, had four interceptions and 23 tackles last season.