Ty Warren on degree, comeback

Patriots defensive lineman Ty Warren will walk in graduation ceremonies Friday at Texas A&M, fulfilling a promise he made to his late grandparents as well as his parents. Warren's pursuit of his degree, which including passing on a $250,000 offseason workout bonus in 2010, is highlighted in a story now posted on ESPNBoston.com.

"It could be a big smile on my face or it might be tears of joy," Warren says of what he expects Friday. "It's a big accomplishment for me."

Meanwhile, Warren reports that he is feeling great, setting himself to make a big impact for the Patriots in 2011.

"I feel good enough where I could contend, even though I'm not that high profile of a guy, for a comeback player of the year [award]," he says. "I think I can have that type of season. When I'm healthy, I feel like there's nobody better than me at '5' technique [left defensive end]. I feel that good, and to return back to that form, that's where I feel right now."