FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- The New England Patriots concluded their three-day mandatory minicamp with a unique twist on Thursday. It was football turned futbol.
With practice having been moved inside the Dana-Farber Fieldhouse, and media members required to leave for the final hour-plus of the practice, Bill Belichick brought out soccer balls to lighten the mood. As media members waited outside the fieldhouse, there were several loud roars from players inside.
"Bill always has a fun side to him, and today is one of those days, once we finished practice and everything, we brought out soccer balls," defensive lineman Vince Wilfork explained. "There are so many things that you can do to bring a team together and I think Bill does a great job of that -- finding whatever it may be that he can do to bring this team together. Today was one of those things -- the last day of minicamp, we finish our practice and everything, and he kind of surprised us with it. Everyone was pretty pumped up and happy about it. It was fun. This game is meant to be fun and we definitely had fun."
As for his own skill, the 6-foot-2, 325-pound Wilfork cracked, "I don't know how to kick a soccer ball. That ball moves way too fast for me. I'll stick to football. American football."