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FOXBORO (CBS) – The New England Patriots took a bit of a break on Wednesday night.
After having Jon Bon Jovi and BC Hockey coach Jerry York at practice, head coach Bill Belichick had his Patriots watch “The Fighter” with a special guest.
“Irish” Micky Ward himself.
“He’s obviously a legendary sports figure and fighter around here that everybody kind of knows,” Belichick said on Thursday. “He’s a great guy – had a great career and I think it was something the team enjoyed last night.”
Although Belichick would not go into detail what kind of advice Ward sent the Patriots way, he said it was a nice change of pace from the rigors of training camp and the preseason, and a good way to loosen things up before the regular season gets underway.
“We’ve been in camp for a long time, been watching a lot of film at night – practice film, opponent film and everything, so we decided to go to the movies to make it a little more enjoyable. Popcorn, candy out there, let them relax a little bit. Sometimes your teams work hard and they deserve a break from the normal routine. I think they enjoyed it, it was a good night,” said the head coach.
Wait. The Patriots were allowed to have candy?
“That was a real highlight because we’re so nutrition-conscious here,” said Belichick. “When we threw the candy out that was pretty popular. Put me down for the Junior Mints.”