Former New England Patriots lineman Ryan O'Callaghan made the brave decision to come out as gay two years ago, and Pats owner Robert Kraft was there to support him every step of the way.
O'Callaghan, who was in the Patriots organization from 2006-08, wrote in his upcoming book "My Life on the Line: How the NFL Damn Near Killed Me, and Ended up Saving My Life" that Kraft expressed how proud he was of him and stated he'd be "forever a Patriot."
The conversation took place during a reception in the summer of 2017.
“Spending a few minutes privately with Mr. Kraft in his office is surreal,” O’Callaghan wrote in his book, per USA TODAY Sports. “It’s just him and me, with a couple hundred people outside his office door. … I never got that treatment when I was on his payroll. For (Kraft), who opens up to me about a gay friend, I am the most important person in the world in those few moments. Given where I have been in the previous dozen years, he is equally the most important person in the world for me right then and there.”
The 36-year-old also mentions former Patriots Kevin Faulk, Andre Tippett, Dan Koppen, and Deion Branch making him "feel part of the franchise's forever family."
Of course, the clue refers to the Malcolm Butler interception in the final seconds of Super Bowl XLIX that sealed an improbable Patriots victory. If Seattle simply had used Marshawn Lynch to run it in from the one-yard line than attempting a quick slant pass, history probably would have been written a little differently.
Yeah, it's safe to say the Seahawks won't ever live that one down.
Former Patriots QB Matt Cassel joins Tom E. Curran for this episode of the Patriots Talk Podcast.
1:00 — Tom Curran takes us back to the Patriots 2017 season, discussing how strange the year seemed from the very beginning and how the Pats' Super Bowl LIII victory over the Rams the following season was cathartic for the team.
7:05 — Matt Cassel joins Tom to talk about how watching a weekend of football without the Patriots made them realize just how disciplined and organized Bill Belichick's team is.
14:31 — With the fallout of Jimmy Garoppolo losing his first game of the season on Monday night, Tom wonders if there is extra pressure put on quarterbacks formerly in the Patriots' system. Matt gives deeper insight into what it's like being Tom Brady's backup.
24:10 — Who is your NFL MVP through 10 weeks? Tom and Matt debate if Russell Wilson or Lamar Jackson has a better claim.
28:01 — Matt says the Patriots' upcoming game against the Eagles will "set the tone for the rest of the season." Tom and Matt talk about the last time these two teams played — Super Bowl LII — and how that loss affected the Patriots.