New England Patriots Links 1/31/12 - Super Bowl Media Day; Patriots Have Day Off From Practice

Patriots players spoke with the media Monday:

Vince Wilfork (on playing different positions and a high volume of snaps at this stage of his career) "You know what? Each year, I just want to keep getting better. I think conditioning is everything, being able to go. The more stress you can put on yourself in the off-season and training camp, I think it allows you to play at a high level once you get later in the season. That's one I did a real good job of, putting that stress on myself this off-season."

(on where his desire comes from to not come off the field) "All of my life I've been competitive. I always want to be in the middle of everything. If it's going wrong, it's going wrong, but if it's going right, it's going right and I want to be in the middle. All of my life I've thought that I'm a leader, and I think leaders have to take control at some point and show the will to do whatever it takes to turn things around, whether it's bad or positive. At a young age, I always had that fight, but it's a good fight."

BenJarvus Green-Ellis (on if not turning the ball over will be important in this game) "Yes, you know it's always important. In any game that you play in, obviously, you want to win the turnover battle. That's the number one thing that correlates to winning in this league, so that's the thing we want to try to do."

(on how he has made it through his career without fumbling) "Just been blessed and fortunate, that's about it. There's no science to it because it's something that happens. It's a part of the game. You don't want to have turnovers, but they happen. No one wants to go out there and fumble the ball. It's something that just happens and I just have been blessed and fortunate. That's the only thing I can kind of take it up to."

Patrick Chung (on how it feels to be at the Super Bowl) "It feels awesome. It feels awesome. I mean we're still here on a business trip, though. We're still here to work hard but it feels good. It feels good to be here. A lot of guys don't get this opportunity but we'll take the best of it and just play a good game."

(on what has jumped out at him that's 'awesome') "Just the atmosphere - there's all these people around, all you in here. It's just a crazy experience and feeling just knowing that we're at the big show."

(on what the biggest lesson they learned from the AFC Championship game against the Baltimore Ravens) "The main lesson? Play to the end. That's all I can really say. Play to the end because you never know what's going to happen."

Deion Branch (on giving advice to younger players on the team) "I'm the older guy, exactly. It's crazy. I'm one of the older guys. I was just talking to DP (Former Patriots WR David Patten) about two or three days ago. I was talking to David Patten. He was one of the guys I looked up to and he and (Former Patriots WR) Troy (Brown) showed so much love to me when I was a young guy, and now I have the same opportunity to do the same thing for those young guys."

(on the mentality today of getting back to work) "Exactly. Today it was. We felt that early on. It was good. All the guys were very anxious to get in the meeting room, to get our playbook, to listen to coach break down the film, kick the meeting off, and then we just had practice. So everything is pretty much going the way we expected."

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