Tuesday, May 1, 2012
Youngster at draft tackles boos
By Mike Reiss
The NFL's idea of having fans announce selections at the draft is a good one, although one its potential downfalls was on display over the weekend when a 10-year-old Patriots fan was booed by some spectators in New York.
In his "Monday Morning Quarterback" piece on SI.com, Peter King opined "I think those at Radio City Music Hall in Manhattan who uproariously booed the 10-year-old child making the late-round Patriots' draft choice need to do some value-system adjustments with their lives."
The Attleboro Sun Chronicle catches up with the family of the youngster, Brandon Morabito of Norton, Mass., and relays that the boos didn't affect his enjoyment of the draft.
"Despite the booing, Brandon enjoyed every minute of it. My wife was a little shaken after seeing thousands boo [but] Brandon quickly calmed her when she saw his huge smile," Morabito's father, Mark, told the Sun-Chronicle. "... Brandon responded with a smile and yelled the pick even louder. We were so proud."
That's the type of focus and mental toughness Bill Belichick can appreciate.