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Mesko psyched to meet Tom Brady

04.24.10 at 2:34 pm ET

New Patriots punter Zoltan Mesko is looking forward to the chance to meet fellow Michigan product Tom Brady. (AP)

FOXBORO — New punter Zoltan Mesko, taken in the fifth round of the draft by the Patriots on Saturday afternoon, confessed he’s going to be “star-struck” at the chance to meet fellow Michigan product Tom Brady.

“I might be a little star-struck to say hello to him because he’s a Michigan guy,” Mesko said on a conference call with reporters. “I’m sure I’ll get over that. But I would love to get to know Tom Brady. He’s a special person.

“The Patriots were my favorite team growing up. Just watching Tom Brady. He was my favorite player.”

Mesko is an eclectic individual: He can speak four languages — Romanian, Hungarian, German and English. He dunked a basketball for the first time in eighth grade. He’s one of a rapidly growing group of young players who has embraced Twitter. (Follow him here.) And he’s developed such a cult following as a collegian he’s inspired dozens of nicknames. (Mesko said Saturday his favorite is “Zoltan the Space Emperor of Space.”)

And he loves Brady. Even before Mesko was selected by the Patriots on Saturday, he confessed he had a long-standing affection for the New England quarterback because of who he is and what he’s overcome. Mesko hadn’t had the chance to meet Brady yet, but informed that the layout in the Patriots’ locker room traditionally has the punter next to or near Brady, Mesko sounded, in fact, star-struck.

“Oh wow,” he said. “Tom Brady is my favorite. From a fans’ perspective, Tom Brady is my favorite player in the whole NFL, just because he has that Michigan tie and did such a great job of overcoming everything … being drafted in the sixth round. It’s crazy how much he has done and how many people he has proved wrong.

“That’s my philosophy in life. I get motivated more from the negative things that people say about me,” he added. “I grew up modeling myself after Tom Brady. Maybe getting to know him a little more will help that mindset.”

Will Mesko bust on him about being taken a round earlier?

“I was just thinking of that, but I didn’t want to mention it,” he said with a laugh. “I won’t because it’s not how you start, it’s how you finish.”

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