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Tatupu connected with fans, teammates

Updated: February 25, 2010, 11:04 AM ET
By Mike Reiss | ESPNBoston.com

It was a modest beginning for Mosi Tatupu with the New England Patriots in 1978.

Ron Hobson, the respected, longtime Patriots reporter for the Quincy Patriot Ledger, recalled the story Wednesday.

"It was time for their second pick of the eighth round, and public relations director Tom Hoffman said out loud in the draft room, 'We should draft the Samoan running back from USC,'" Hobson said. "[Coach Chuck] Fairbanks turned to him and said, 'Sure, announce his name.'"

So Hoffman ...

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