|Cassel: My father would have wanted it||12.18.08 at 11:30 am ET|
Matt Cassel opened his weekly news conference Thursday not talking about the upcoming game against Arizona this weekend but rather acknowledging that he is moving on from discussing the sudden death of his father, Greg Cassel, at the age of 57. Cassel returned on Wednesday to Foxboro, one day after his father’s funeral in Southern California.
“As it relates to the last week and everything like that, when it comes to my personal life, I’d rather answer football questions today and if we could stick to football questions, I’d appreciate it,” Cassel said.
He said that he felt all along that he was going to play on Sunday against the Raiders and that it was the right thing for him to do.
“I always felt like i was going to play,” Cassel said. “I took some time away last week and then came back and was able to get some preparation in to play and I think that’s what my father would have wanted.”
He also reiterated how much the support of his teammates and the game of football meant to him during the tumultuous week.
“It was a good distraction last week, there’s no doubt,” he added. “Being around the teammates and having a secondary support factor with a family away from home definitely helped.”
Adding to the emotional hurdle of a family tragedy, Cassel went out and played a nearly flawless game in the rain and muck of Oakland, throwing a career-best four touchdowns.
“It was a big win,” Cassel said. “It was a big win for the team and a big win for me personally and it’s always good to out there and win each and every week.”
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