Underwood thrilled to receive ring

August, 23, 2012
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TAMPA -- Former Patriots receiver Tiquan Underwood arrived in the Buccaneers' locker room on Wednesday and was thrilled to see a sparkling ring waiting for him in a classy wooden box.

It was part of a promise that Bill Belichick kept to him.

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Mike Reiss/ESPNBoston.com Tiquan Underwood shows off his AFC championship ring.
"When I got released, Bill kept his word. He said if we win the Super Bowl, you'll get a ring, and if we don't you'll get a ring," Underwood relayed Thursday after a joint practice with the Buccaneers and Patriots. "They kept their word. After practice yesterday, it was waiting for me."

Underwood, whose release the night before the Super Bowl generated national headlines, reflected on his time with the Patriots upon first seeing the 2011 AFC Championship ring.

"All that hard work you put into it, it's such a long football season, it was a neat gift," he said. "It wasn't the one we wanted, but there are a lot of memories with that ring."

Underwood was passing through the Buccaneers' weight room this morning when he bumped into Belichick, who was working out.

"We spoke a little bit and I just said 'thanks for everything,' he relayed.

Mike Reiss

ESPN New England Patriots reporter

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