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Bill Belichick asks: ‘What more could [Adam Vinatieri] do’ to get into the Hall of Fame? 11.16.12 at 2:33 pm ET
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FOXBORO — Leave it to Bill Belichick to answer a highly-debated question with several of his own. Such was the case Friday when he was asked if Adam Vinatieri – and all of his huge kicks – deserves a bust in Canton when he finally hangs up the cleats.

“He’€™s certainly one of the greatest kickers I’€™ve ever seen since I’€™ve been in the league ‘€“ the longevity, the production, the performance in championships and big games,” Belichick said. “What more could he do? Go out there and play wide receiver and catch a bunch of passes? Is that what he needs to do? I don’€™t know. What more could he do? I don’€™t know what more Dave Jennings could have done at his position or Ray Guy or guys like that. What else would they have had to do? Get a bunch of interceptions? We don’€™t judge quarterbacks on their rushing yardage.

“We don’€™t judge them on how many tackles they made. I don’€™t know if we even judge them on how many games they win. We judge them on a lot of their quarterback rating and stats and running backs on rushing yardage. What does a guy have to do if he excels at his position? Is that good enough? I don’€™t know. Like I said, you’€™d have to ask somebody that knows a lot more about it than I do because I don’€™t understand what the criteria is.”

He left after the 2005 season and has been in Indianapolis ever since.

“I know it’s been a while,” Belichick said. “I’ve been fortunate to have two good kickers here, two real good kickers.”

Vinatieri is still making big kicks, including a game-winning 50-yarder with eight seconds left in regulation against Minnesota on Sept. 16 in a 23-20 Colts win.

“That was a big kick Adam made in overtime at the end of the [Minnesota] game, the 50-yarder,” Belichick said. “That was a big kick. I’ve seen him make a lot of those.”

At this point, only Jan Stenerud is the only “pure” placekicker in the Hall of Fame. George Blanda made it but he was a quarterback for the great Raiders teams of the 60s and early 70s. Lou Groza is in but he was also an offensive tackle. And perhaps most egregious, Ray Guy does not have a bust in Canton.

So, with what Vinatieri has accomplished, he’s a slam dunk to become the second place-kicker in the Hall, right?

“I think that’€™s a good question,” Belichick began. “I don’€™t know what Hall of Fame means. There are guys who have great, long careers. There are other guys with very short careers in the Hall of Fame; from championship teams, there are guys that never or hardly ever played on winning teams. There are guys with personal stats, there are guys with I’€™d say less personal stats but maybe more championships or more longevity. I don’€™t know what the criteria is for the Hall of Fame, I’€™m not in any position to be honest with you. That’€™s something you’€™d have to ask the Hall of Fame committee or voters or something like that, because I don’€™t really know what the criteria is. I don’€™t know if it’€™s ever been defined. I don’€™t know if it’€™s a popularity contest or if it’€™s a political thing. I don’€™t know what it is. It’€™s hard for me to believe that. as great as this game is, that there are no punters and one kicker in the Hall of Fame. Read the rest of this entry »

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Peppers headed to Chicago — deal imminent? 03.05.10 at 2:05 am ET
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In the early hours of free agency, it certainly appears that the Chicago Bears have the inside track on landing defensive end Julius Peppers.

Multiple outlets are reporting that Peppers, considered the premier pass-rusher available in this year’s free-agent pool, has a Friday meeting set up with the Bears with an eye toward signing a deal quickly. ESPN’s Adam Schefter is reporting that barring any unforeseen complications, the Peppers deal gets done in rapid fashion and announced with the Bears by Friday afternoon. (Reports indicate that if a deal does not get done in Chicago, Peppers’ agent Carl Carey considers Philadelphia a fallback plan.)

No Patriots news to report as of yet ‘€” Leigh Bodden, Derrick Burgess, Kevin Faulk, Tully Banta-Cain, Jarvis Green, Chris Hanson, Steve Neal and Benjamin Watson all became free agents as of midnight Friday. Reports indicate Bodden has drawn interest from a handful of teams, including Houston, Seattle, New England and Pittsburgh.

Other free agency news ‘€” as of this hour ‘€” has linebacker Karlos Dansby heading to South Florida for a visit with the Dolphins. The move would mark the second big addition for an AFC East in the last 24 hours, as the Jets swung a deal to obtain cornerback Antonio Cromartie from San Diego in exchange for for a 2011 third-round draft choice that could become a second-rounder. With Cromartie and Revis, that gives the Jets two cornerbacks who are 30 or younger and have been first-team All-Pros within the past three seasons.

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From Foxboro to Canton and back… 08.26.08 at 11:29 am ET
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You don’t have to tell Bryan Morry how close September 18 is. That’s the day that the Executive Director of The Hall at Patriot Place and the entire Patriots organization open the new attraction on the north end of Gillette Stadium with a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

It’s a structure that will house a state-of-the-art museum paying tribute to past and present Patriots glory as well as the new and improved Patriots Pro Shop.

“Two weeks ago, I was like, ‘No way, no way,'” Morry said during a tour on Tuesday. “Now, I’m like, ‘The rugs are down, ok, ok.’ They’re getting there. I can laugh about that today.”

Andre Tippett, fresh from his induction last month in Canton, Ohio at the Pro Football Hall of Fame, will have the privilege of welcoming new members into the new hall.

“We’re trying to bring back a little bit of what they do in Canton in what we’re trying to do here and give it that special thrill,” Tippett said.

Some 12 past members of the Patriots Hall of Fame will be re-inducted on Saturday, Sept. 20th, along with new enshrinee Ben Coates.

“They’re going to really feel special,” Tippett said. “I’ll be able to go over, shake their hands and tell them, ‘Welcome home.’ That’s the whole experience that we want guys inducted in the Patriots Hall of Fame, to feel like I’m back home now. I’m back in my spot.”

Tippett welcomes back those in team’s hall of fame.

To that end, the Patriots have done a remarkable job of re-creating that plaza effect out side the Hall so that fans can gather and watch the ceremony and mill around before games, visit the pro shop and make their way up the stairs (or elevators) to the numerous shops that wind around the west side of the stadium.

While the weekend kickoff ceremony and ribbon-cutting are set for the 18th, there will be events throughout the weekend, capped off by the Patriots-Dolphins game at Gillette on the 21st. The induction ceremony on the 20th will begin at 4:30 p.m.

Prices will be $10 for adults, $5 for children and $7 for seniors. Hours will be 10-5 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10-9 p.m. on Saturday and 10-7 p.m. on Sundays. The Hall will be closed on game days.

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