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Bodden talks about leadership and motivation

03.17.10 at 3:19 pm ET

FOXBORO ‘€” Cornerback Leigh Bodden sounds like he’€™s ready to take on more of an active leadership role this season with the Patriots. Bodden, who recently signed a long-term deal to stay with New England, said he’€™s always been more of a quiet leader in the past, but that could change in 2010.

‘€œI’€™m the kind of leader who leads by example ‘€” I’€™m really not a talkative guy in the locker room,’€ he said. ‘€œBut some times I will step in there and say some things, and I have done that with my group in the defensive backfield. Maybe it’€™s time for me to do that with the team. That’€™s definitely something I’€™m looking forward to doing this year.’€

Speaking after a Wednesday morning workout at Gillette Stadium, Bodden said that even with the new contract ‘€” a reported four-year deal with $10 million guaranteed ‘€” motivation won’€™t be an issue.

‘€œI tell people all the time I tell people I’€™m still an undrafted guy. I still feel like I have to prove myself every year,’€ he said. ‘€œI know there’€™s always a guy like me ‘€” when I was a rookie, I was an undrafted guy who wanted to be on a team. I wanted a spot

‘€œSo I know there’€™s a lot of young guys who are hungry and drafted guys ‘€” or undrafted ‘€” who are hungry to get their feet wet in the league and want to play and start,’€ he added. ‘€œThat’€™s what keeps me going and keeps me motivated.’€

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