Zack Sampson notes Pat Chung visited fourth graders at Betsey B. Winslow Elementary School in New Bedford to talk about nutrition.
Chung spent an hour answering questions students had prepared for him on index cards. He started by explaining how to stay healthy, introducing the "two legs rule" of food to the class.
"The less legs the better," he said. "Fish is good for you, no legs. Chicken is next best, two legs." But red meat comes from four-legged cows, so Chung advised it should be eaten more sparingly. He also said the students should eat vegetables regularly and he provided a list of options, including his personal favorites: asparagus, broccoli and carrots.
Frequent exercise is another key part of his health regimen, Chung said. When asked about his push-up routine, he responded, "I do them a lot. It definitely helps to be strong because there are some big guys" on the football field. This led to an impromptu challenge, which brought a student to the floor to pump out 10 push-ups, a feat which drew a fist bump from the pro athlete.
Chung told the class that simple play outdoors is just as effective as going to the gym. "Running around, playing with your brothers and sisters, that gets you strong."
"Keep up the good work," he said. "Go easy on your teachers, do good in school, and everything will work out for you."
Greg Cameron reports Ron Brace was back in Springfield for a "Football For You" clinic that included many former Patriots.
"[Working out in the offseason with teammates at BC] was great. Our main thing for the guys was getting on pace," Brace said. "We broke it up with who needed to work on what," he added.
"I haven’t had this much time off playing football since I started playing," Brace said. "I seem to have always had some kind of team workouts for about three days, but I haven’t this year and workouts set up by players are definitely different."
This summer hasn’t gone without work for the third-year Patriot, as he’s been sweating it out this summer with his personal trainer in Wellesley for daily two-hour workouts. According to Brace, the workouts with his team-referred trainer have been far from easy.
"He basically makes life a living hell for those two hours that I’m with him," Brace said. "My job now with the lockout, is to stay in shape."
- Paul Perillo and Erik Scalavino debate which player they would bring to New England if they could pick any one.
- The New England Patriots and NFL/LISC grant $200,000 for turf playing field at Stellos Stadium in Nashua, NH.
- Patriots All Access - 6/24/11: This edition recaps an unusual spring for the Patriots, as negotiations pick up steam, and more. (18.56 min. video)
- Patriots Roster Report - 6/24/11: The PFW crew discusses the latest lockout news after the meetings from Boston. (8.21 min. program)
- Mike Rodak notes Tom Brady was nominated for "Best NFL Player" ESPY award.
- Tom E. Curran notes Hull may have been a surprising place for NFL labor negotiations, but the players and owners got four-star service.
- Ian Rapoport doesn't feel the Patriots will be affected too much by any new rules for free agency.
- Mark Farinella offers a position by position look at where the Patriots stand entering July, with the defense looking better prepared for when the lockout ends..
- Ian Rapoport posts a SI.com video of the McCourty twins visiting the Sports Illustrated headquarters to try to find lockout-style internships.
- Bob Ryan discusses this year's honorees at the event put on by the Sports Museum, The Tradition, which will take place Tuesday night at TD Garden.
- ESPNBoston introduces fans to Football operations Manager Kevin Anderson.
- ESPNBoston introduces fans to Director of Scouting Administration Nancy Meier, who has spent 36 years with the Patriots.
- ESPNBoston introduces fans to Video Director Jimmy Dee, with the Patriots since 1994.
- NESN is reporting the Patriots' average ticket prices are down 26 percent from last season.
- Tim Graham (ESPN) More data shows Mayo all over the field.
- Tiffany Greene (Bright House Sports Network) Brandon Meriweather asks the tough questions.
- Mike Florio (ProFootballTalk) Vick finishes 20th, Rodgers 11th on NFLN Top 100 list. He predicts Tom Brady will be number 1 next Sunday.
- Vittorio Tafur (San Francisco Chronicle) QB tutor Tom Martinez back from brink, on sideline.
- Andy Benoit (NY Times) Top 10 guards in the NFL. Logan Mankins no. 2.
- Dan Pompei (Nat'l Football Post) Sunday Blitz.
- Mike Florio (ProFootballTalk) Big free-agency class will create a buyer's market.
- Vinnie Iyer (Sporting News) Free-agent pool likely to get much deeper under new CBA.
- Doug Farrar (Yahoo! Sports) Higher education: The all-underrated team (Offense). BenJarvus Green-Ellis and Sebastian Vollmer get some love.
- Doug Farrar (Yahoo! Sports) Higher education: The all-underrated team (Defense).
- Bucky Brooks (NFL.com) Rodgers great but must accomplish more to be called best QB.
- MMQB: NFL players concerned about past, future as they work to end lockout. (SI)
- Michael David Smith (ProFootballTalk) Many NFL players make their football camps free.
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- Mike Freeman (CBS Sports) Four scenarios for when the lockout is going to end.
- Albert Breer (NFLN) League, players to continue talks next week at unknown locale.
- Mike Florio (ProFootballTalk) Labor talks set to resume next week, hopefully for more than two days.
- Albert Breer (NFL.com) League, players acknowledge commitment toward new CBA.
- Jason Cole (Yahoo! Sports) Seasoned vets could benefit from lockout.