Terrance Knighton speaks out on police, race issues


Terrance Knighton speaks out on police, race issues

FOXBORO – I don’t think I would have spent 15 minutes speaking with Terrance Knighton about racial issues three summers ago.

But the social climate the past two summers and disconnect between how whites and blacks perceive each other’s American experience has heightened my awareness.

What don’t I know? What can I do differently as a middle-aged, white father of three young men? What do I need to tell them? Am I wrong to feel that race relations in New England – while not ideal (and what is ideal?) – are just different than the rest of the country?

It’s depressing to watch the citizens of #HashtagNation engaging in 140-character discourse which consists of either the most banal observations or devolves into a racial pissing contest with everybody coming away feeling persecuted and misunderstood.

So why not have some dialogue? That was my aim with this week’s Quick Slants, The Podcast sponsored by Papa Gino’s.

Knighton, signed by the Patriots in the offseason, has been vocal and refreshingly interesting on Twitter all summer.

He, like new teammate Martellus Bennett, has something to say. Has considered opinions. Can be learned from. And may be willing to listen and appreciate what my viewpoint is based on what I’ve lived.

Knighton didn’t know I was going to grab him for a podcast appearance after Tuesday’s full-pad practice. But when I approached him while he was still in full pads with his helmet still perched on his head like a top hat, he agreed.

“I’m more than happy to,” he said.

I began by asking Knighton why – when silence and accessibility is an easier route in a somewhat buttoned-down and judgmental industry like the NFL – does he feel compelled to raise his hand and speak.

“I think the reason I have a voice is because of the platform I have as a role model,” he explained. “Being not only a role model to kids out in the world but I’m the oldest of four boys, three younger brothers, they look to everything I do, they read everything I say in the media. I think with a lot of things going on socially with Black Lives Matter and police brutality and trying to find a common ground with civilians and risking their lives to protect us I think I relate because of where I came from.”

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Former Patriots RB Danny Woodhead announces retirement

Former Patriots RB Danny Woodhead announces retirement

Former Patriots running back Danny Woodhead has announced his retirement after 10 years in the NFL.

The 33-year-old took to Instagram to make it official.

10 years! Wow, God had crazy plans for a small little kid from North Platte, NE! It’s been a wild ride and feel so blessed He allowed me to do what I loved for so long. But now it’s time to say goodbye to the game I love. First, I want to thank my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ! Without Him my career wouldn’t have been possible. He blessed me with the gifts and He paved the way. All I had to do was follow His plans for my life, and His plans were crazy awesome! Next, I want to thank my wife who has been by my side since freshman year of high school. She has been a rock through all the ups and downs. Sis, Willy, Mae Mae, and Hopie your daddy is going to be home a ton more and I can’t wait! Thanks to my Dad and Mom for always supporting me and showing me that God is first, then everything else will fall into place. Ben, Joel, and Anna thanks for preparing me for the NFL in our backyard games growing up. The dreaded in-laws Steve and Suzie for always being there for me. Chris Gittings (agent) you’re the best and thankful your my brother/uncle! Thank you Jets, Patriots, Chargers, and Ravens! Thanks to all my head coaches (Bob Zohner, Brad Smith, Bill O’Boyle, Eric Mangini, Rex Ryan, Bill Belichick, Mike McCoy, and John Harbaugh) who believed in me! To my rbs coaches (coach skiles, coach reiners, Jimmy Raye, A Lynn, Ivan, Ollie, Ridge, and Thomas) thanks for putting up with me. Thanks to all my teammates from high school till now. Without you guys I never would’ve become who I was as a player. To all my olinemen, you guys deserve the credit for anything that I received credit for. I thank you for helping make my career. To all the trainers, team docs, strength coaches, chiropractors, massage therapists, physical therapists, body gurus thanks for making sure I was on the field. To all the people who made my life easier at the facility (ops, pr, equipment staff, cafe workers, custodians) thanks and your work doesn’t go unnoticed. And how could i forget all my fans?! You’re the best and have always felt the love and support! I’m sure I’ve forgotten a few but know that I’m thankful for everything everyone has done on my journey.

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Thursday, it was reported the Patriots reached out to Woodhead for a possible reunion. 

The last two seasons have been challenging for him, as he dealt with season-ending injuries in both 2016 with the Chargers and 2017 with the Ravens.

Woodhead finishes his career with 2,238 yards rushing, 2,698 yards receiving, 15 rushing touchdowns and 17 receiving touchdowns.


NBC Sports Boston Breakfast Pod: C's win despite injuries, Pats make additions

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NBC Sports Boston Breakfast Pod: C's win despite injuries, Pats make additions

1:20 - Despite throwing a depleted roster out there, the Celtics were able to get back in the win column vs. the Magic. Michael Holley and Tommy Heinsohn break down the win.

6:17 - Finally, the Patriots have done something! On Friday night it was reported that New England signed defensive end Adrian Clayborn as well as running back Jeremy Hill. Tom Curran, Alex Giaimo and Ben Volin discuss the impact these additions will have on the team.

11:05 - While the Celtics were able to pull out the win on Friday, the team did announce that Marcus Smart is expected to miss six to eight weeks after undergoing thumb surgery. A. Sherrod Blakely expresses his optimism on Smart’s return for the playoffs.