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Donte’ Stallworth on return to Patriots: ‘I have a lot of love for this organization’

FOXBORO — Call it foreshadowing.

Donte’ Stallworth was actually in Miami with friends on Sunday afternoon and decided to take in the Patriots-Dolphins game.

“I was actually there,” said Stallworth Wednesday. “I went, since I live in Miami, and I hadn’t been to any games in a while. I had some friends that were going. I usually like to watch games on television, you can see it better. But I decided to go since I hadn’t been to any games. Plus it was the Patriots playing, and I’ve got friends on both teams.”

As word spread that Julian Edelman [1] injured his foot during the game, he figured he might get a call to return to New England for third time.

Stallworth got on a plane and flew up to New England on Monday, the same day the decision was made to place Edelman on season-ending injured reserve with a broken foot. was released in training camp, making this his third stint with the Patriots, after spending an entire season in New England in 2007.

“I think [the Patriots] knew what kind of shape I was in,” Stallworth said. “I made sure that I had been training hard throughout the whole season, just in case.”

But what was the specific appeal of coming back to New England?

“I have a lot of love for this organization, and just everything about the New England Patriots [2],” he said on Wednesday. “I have a lot of friends on this team. So, yeah, to say I was excited is probably an accurate assessment.

“We had a quarterback able to get us the ball and be able to work on our routes and stuff, full speed.”

Stallworth thought he had a good shot of making this team originally out of training camp before being cut on Aug. 27.

“Honestly, I mean, I was disappointed, but I’ve been in this league long enough to understand how it works,” Stallworth said. “It’s just like after a game. When you lose a game and you’re upset about it that night, but you come to the next game prepared. And that’s what I did, although, it took me a little more than a night. It took a few days. But after that I just tried to get back to where I live in Miami and get back with my trainer, and just continue to work and hope for an opportunity.”

And he’s back working for an opportunity with Bill Belichick [3] once again.

“One of his favorite motto’s is just, ‘Do your job.’ And If I do my job, then I don’t have anything else to worry about after that,” Stallworth said.