NFLN survey/Super Bowl player: Patriots

January, 22, 2014
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When New England Patriots players were asked "Which NFL player would you most like to see play in a Super Bowl that has never been there?" many of them looked to the same place: the locker near the exit to their weight room.

That's where veteran Andre Carter dressed.

Carter was a popular player when he played for the team in 2011, and his return in October this season was well received. The respect he has among players was evident.

While Carter was the Patriots player who topped the list, other non-Patriots candidates who had the most momentum were Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (before Seattle made the Super Bowl this season), Vikings running back Adrian Peterson and Lions receiver Calvin Johnson.

Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez is also an obvious choice.

For any player who respects the game and has that type of production over such a long period of time, it would be nice to see him get his shot at the Super Bowl stage.

Mike Reiss

ESPN New England Patriots reporter

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