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Thursday, October 22, 2009
Maroney: London trip strictly business

By Chris Forsberg

FOXBOROUGH -- The British are going to love Laurence Maroney. If they can coax him out of the team hotel.

The New England Patriots' fourth-year running back put on another entertaining locker room Q&A as the team prepared to depart for London, touching on the value of the dollar, riding London's double-decker busses, and his desire to not leave the team hotel.

Here are some highlights:

Are you looking forward to London?

"It's really not a vacation so I'm not really looking forward to going, it's more of a business trip. It's not like I'm going there to have fun and go sightseeing. I'm going for a job, to play Tampa Bay. I'll worry about London on a later note."

On adapting to the cultural differences

"I wasn't really even thinking about leaving the hotel, to be honest. Really, just stay in the hotel all day. So I don't have to worry about walking across nobody's street. It's not a vacation, it's a business trip. That's how I'm taking it. If I want to go sightseeing in London, I'll have to go on my own time. Right now I'm on Patriots' time."

On whether he'll join his teammates on a double-decker bus

"What is a double-decker bus? Do it cost [a lot]? I heard they're already cheating me. I gotta give them like $1.60 to get one pound. That's not fair, that's highway robbery. The dollar isn't even worth a pound. I'm not looking to spend any money."

On following up last week's performance

"That was just so last week. I forgot all about that. I'm taking it one game at a time now& I'm just expecting to go out there and play my game. I can't predict the future. I'm just going to go out there and play my game. If 100 yards is what I get, that's what I get. If 30 or 10 yards is what I get, that's what I get. All I can control is what I do and how hard I run."