In a piece now posted on ESPNBoston.com, Mike Reiss writes on Patriots left tackle Matt Light and how there aren't many players like him in the NFL. Not only is he a top blocker and funny man, but he values the NFL as a vehicle to help others.
There is a story that Bill and Marilyn Light sometimes tell that captures how their son hasn't changed over the years.
While Matt Light is the starting left tackle for the New England Patriots, the blindside protector of the Patriots' most important asset in quarterback Tom Brady, he's really a playful kid at heart. Everything is one big laugh.
The Lights had just had their lawn in Greenville, Ohio, resodded only to return home one day to see a large, white mark in the front yard. Marilyn launched a full investigation and figured where it would lead -- to her middle child, who was in junior high and had taken an interest in rockets and fireworks.
Turns out Light had manufactured a homemade explosive device with Drano, which is best used for cleaning drains. The explosion left an unforgettable mark on the resodded lawn, and since it was right near the front door, it was the first thing the Lights saw every time they entered and exited their home.
"There was never a dull moment," Marilyn said.
Never dull, most often laughing, and always looking for the next opportunity to grow his charitable work, Light is a unique player in the NFL.
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