Alek Frost (National Football Authority) Patriots CB Leigh Bodden Proves heart and hard work pay off.
"It’s just (overcoming) odds," Bodden told me. "Nobody (thought) I could do it and I knew I could do it, I feel like I’m still among the best corners in the league and I feel like nobody can tell me different."
Despite Bodden’s success, teams questioned the validity of his numbers because of the competition he faced and whether or not his game would translate to the next level. Bodden went undrafted but eventually made the 53-man roster of the Cleveland Browns in 2003.
"Some teams were like the competition I faced wasn’t that great, how can I stack up to these guys that are in I-A and the superstars in the NFL?" Bodden said. "And I got there and I proved everybody wrong and I lasted, this is going (to be) my ninth year."
"I would just tell [every undrafted player trying to make a roster], work through everything, don’t get down on yourself and don’t get too high on yourself," he said. "I’ve been the lowest of the low and highest of the high. There was a time when I was the last corner to make the roster playing for Cleveland and that same year I ended up starting and got signed to an extension."
"The only positive I can [take from his 2010 season-ending injury] is I feel as if I may have added one or two years to my NFL life," he said. "Just not taking that pounding during the year, yes I had a shoulder injury but they repaired it and it feels great, luckily it wasn’t my legs. That’s what I really need to play."
"I feel like teams that have been together, that have veteran leadership and have veteran players, that have been there and know how to work (will have an advantage)," Bodden said. "I’m sure a coach like Bill (Belichick), is prepared for this lockout and knows what he wants to do when he gets there. He’ll have us on the same page working like we never missed a beat."
"Bill (Belichick) goes out and gets players, not because of a name but because of what they can bring and how they can help the team in the best way possible," he said. "Whereas (Detroit) was just going out and getting big name guys, that’s what I felt when I was there, they were trying to build a Tampa team, a Tampa-2 without Tampa players."
"I like to share my story with kids to show them that anything is possible," he said. "It can be possible as long as you believe in yourself and you work hard, know what you want and go out and get it."
- Patriots individual game tickets to go on sale Friday, July 15th.
- PFW in Progress - 7/14/11: The PFW crew dicusses the latest lockout news, comments from Steelers' James Harrison, and more. (2 hour program).
- New England Patriots Alumni and Steve Nelson are pleased to present the 2nd Annual Mosi Tatupu Comedy Benefit.
- NFL update on labor negotiations (1.39 min. video)
- Ian Rapoport notes Leigh Bodden is hosting a charity event Monday, "Bowling with Bodden" to benefit his foundation.
- Greg A. Bedard thinks the biggest position battles for the Patriots will be at Defensive Line, Safety and Cornerback.
- Gary Tanguay and Tom E. Curran discuss how the lockout will affect Patriots Training Camp. (1.47 min. video)
- WEEI highlights Mike Florio's guest appearance on the morning show with Steve Buckley and Bob Halloran.
- Mike Reiss talks about two Patriots "steals" that didn't pan out: LB Andy Katzenmoyer and WR Chad Jackson.
- Tom E. Curran lists the Patriots 10 worst free agent signings under Belichick.
- ESPNBoston introduces fans to Area Scout Tim Heffelfinger, with the Patriots 6 years and Area Scout Frantzy Jourdain with the team since 2003.
- Tim Graham (ESPN) AFC East's best: No.6 Logan Mankins.
- the 'agent hype' on Randy Moss? (Nat'l Football Post) Should we buy into
- Kerry J. Byrne (SI) Adding Asomugha could be big for these four teams. Patriots included.
- Matt Bowen (Nat'l Football Post) Breaking down Moss vs. Revis.
- Vinnie Iyer (Sporting News) Underrated NFL stats: Big plays allowed.
- Mike Florio (ProFootballTalk) Get ready for a road bump or two.
- Mike Florio (ProFootballTalk) Talks end for the day with a deal closer than ever.
- Mike Florio (ProFootballTalk) Stunning momentum puts settlement on fast track.
- NFL Total Access (NFLN) Albert Breer: 'Major step forward' for CBA talks. (4.25 min. video)
- Albert Breer (NFL.com) Owners, players see breakthrough on rookie wage scale issue.
- Mike Florio (ProFootballTalk) Report: Owners made "significant concession" on rookie wage scale.
- Mike Freeman (CBS Sports) NFL owners give significant ground on rookie wage.
- Doug Farrar (Yahoo! Sports) New rookie pay scale established; owners and players clear major hurdle.
- AP Report (NFL.com) Retired players still waiting for invite to labor negotiations.
- Gregg Rosenthal (ProFootballTalk) "Right of first refusal" for free agents still a hanging issue.
- Mike Florio (ProFootballTalk) Eight owners present for Thursday's labor talks.
- John Czarnecki (Fox Sports) Top 10 false impressions of lockout.
- Michael David Smith (ProFootballTalk) Lomas Brown: NFL should provide health care for life.
- Mike Florio (ProFootballTalk) Injunction effort for rookies and free agents likely tabled until Monday.
- Mike Florio (ProFootballTalk) Players considering seeking injunction for rookies, free agents.
- Mike Florio (ProFootballTalk) "Bizarre chaos" from new injunction would cut both ways.
- Eli Kaberon (Pro Football Weekly) The lockout's great laughs.