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Patriots Links 7/06/09 - Larry Izzo Praises Belichick, Looks Ahead to Life as a Jet

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<em>Illustrator Phil Bissell poses next to his vanity plate that proudly proclaims him as father of ‘Pat Patriot,’ the longtime logo of the Boston and New England Patriots.</em>
Illustrator Phil Bissell poses next to his vanity plate that proudly proclaims him as father of ‘Pat Patriot,’ the longtime logo of the Boston and New England Patriots.


New England Patriots Senior football advisor Floyd Reese on the death of Steve McNair.

"I am deeply saddened to learn of today’s tragic news regarding the death of Steve McNair. He was a player who I admired a great deal. He was a tremendous  leader and an absolute warrior. He felt like it was his responsibility to lead by working hard every day, no matter what. I don’t think there was a player who played with him or against him that didn’t look up to him and respect him. My heartfelt condolences go out to his family, his friends and the many teammates who loved and admired him."

Ron Borges has a terrific piece about Phil Bissell, New England sports cartoonist and creator of Pat Patriot.

As luck would have it, Phil Bissell had been looking at some photographs of Boston College football players the day [50 years ago when his then boss, Globe sports editor Jerry] Nason told him he wanted a cartoon for an upstart team from an upstart league, and his eye settled on a lineman. From there Bissell’s creativity, which remains abundant to this day, took over and Pat Patriot was quickly born, a 45-minute gestation period before he popped out of the end of Bissell’s ink pen as a Minuteman in full uniform snapping a football with a puckish Irish face while snorting, Now to make some history around here!!

Karen Guregian notes ex-Pat Larry Izzo's praise for Bill Belichick and what the Patriots head coach meant to him.

"My experience with Bill, I think we all owe him a great deal, especially anyone who’s been a part of those Super Bowl teams," Izzo said. "Our lives are a lot better because of Bill Belichick. There’s no better coach in football in the history of the game. I learned a lot from him on a daily basis. The attention to details, things of that nature.

"The last couple years, he really spent a lot of time with the linebackers. Obviously, I didn’t get much time as a linebacker, but having sat in those meetings, I always enjoyed listening to him . . . I really couldn’t say enough good things about Bill. He’s a great coach and played a huge role in my life. I enjoyed my eight years there, and I’m very grateful that he valued the role that I played and what I brought to the table."

 

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