Mike Reiss spent some time with Brandon Tate at the McCourty/Milloy Sports International football camp. Here are some highlights from his Q&A with campers.
Being part of the camp: "It feels good to come out here and interact with the kids. This is my first camp, so it's all going to be fun for me. It's good to see [everyone] out here, doing something positive."
Favorite career kickoff return: 103 yards for a touchdown vs. Miami on Oct. 4, 2010 (video here)
What he's learned in the NFL: "Just growing up and becoming a man, because you're really on your own. You have to mature. ... It's a dream come true. I'm still dreaming right now. There are still a lot of things I want to get done."
Favorite team growing up: Carolina Panthers
Thoughts on the lockout: "There isn't anything I can do about that. I can just control what I can do. Today, that's to be out here and have fun with you."
Most difficult catch: "Probably the Miami game at Gillette Stadium [Jan. 2, 2011]. The [42-yard] touchdown."
Favorite player growing up: Barry Sanders
Favorite current player: Tom Brady [laughing]
Tim Graham (ESPN) AFC East's best: No. 7 Jerod Mayo.
About the choice: The New England Patriots' inside linebacker was voted All-Pro and went to his first Pro Bowl. In just his third season, Jerod Mayo was a defensive captain for the second time. Mayo led the team with an astronomical 193 tackles (according to the Patriots' coaching staff's review of game film), ranking third in franchise history. He notched two 19-tackle games. He also had two sacks, a forced fumble and three recoveries (most in the AFC).
Key fact: A Football Outsiders review of last season found Mayo led the NFL with 72 tackles on pass plays and was one of only two non-cornerbacks in the top dozen.
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