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Patriots Links 6/30/09 - Players Serve Up Fun at Youth Camps and Clinics

<em>New England Patriots offensive lineman Russ Hochstein.</em>
New England Patriots offensive lineman Russ Hochstein.

Tom Behmer (Omaha World-Herald) catches up with Russ Hochstein as he signed autographs and visited with hundreds of fans back in his Nebraska hometown.

Hochstein attributes his success to his work ethic and never-accept-failure attitude.

"I'm a competitor, and I hate losing," he said. "Like anybody, when you're a competitor, you don't like being dictated to. Ultimately, that's probably what drives me the most — I don't like to be told I can't do something."

"Sports is as much psychological as it is physical. There's no athlete who hasn't experienced up-and-down moments. That's part of the game," he said. "It's how you handle it and what you make of it that really defines who you are. Life ain't always easy — whether you're a football player or a plumber ... but sometimes you've just got to take the ups and the downs and run with it."

"It's just a constant drive to try to improve and be the best at what you do, and I've had a lot of help," he said. "I've had some great coaching and a few lucky breaks. I don't deserve all the credit."

Travis Lazarczyk (Kennebec Journal) Vince Redd, a second-year linebacker, joined veteran New England linebacker Eric Alexander and former Patriot defensive tackle Ray Hamilton, the current defensive line coach for the Atlanta Falcons, as instructors at the three-day football clinic in Waterville, Maine.

Redd played in five games last season, seeing action mostly on special teams.

"I couldn't have picked a better place to come," Redd said of the Patriots. "If I'm lucky enough, hopefully I'll remain on the team."

Alexander is listed as a backup inside linebacker on the latest unofficial Patriots' depth chart on the team's Web site, while Redd is listed as a third-team outside linebacker. Redd, who will turn 24 two weeks before the start of the regular season, thinks his age might be his best asset in a crowded field of linebackers, although he won't limit his chances to make the roster to just one position.

"Youth, more than anything else," Redd said. "I want to get out there and play anything the Patriots want me to."

"Just being with the kids and teaching them something they can take with them is good," Alexander said