Cassel always planned to play after father's death

Updated: December 18, 2008, 5:15 PM ET
Associated Press

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Matt Cassel never thought of missing the Patriots' game six days after his father's death. He was determined to play as well as he could.

That would have been Greg Cassel's wish.

"I was just going to go out there and play my best," New England's quarterback said Thursday, two days after his 57-year-old father's funeral in California. "I knew that's what my father would have wanted -- for me to go out and play.

"It was great to get a victory. And if ...

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