FOXBORO, Mass. — Patriots safety Patrick Chung has accomplished something that none of his teammates would be allowed to do. He cracked the walls of Gillette Stadium during the lockout.
Even stranger, he was on hand and joking around with Pats owner Robert Kraft, who is part of the reason why the players aren't allowed at Gillette in the first place.
Chung and Kraft were celebrity judges for Raytheon's Science of Sports Science Fair. Since it was a community event that the NFL approved prior to the lockout, Chung was permitted on the premises. Kraft noted Chung looked like he was in good shape, and Chung quipped back that he gets his good looks from Kraft.
"I thank Raytheon that I got to see Patrick Chung, or I wouldn't get to see him," Kraft said. "I'd like to see him in the building all the time, and the [lockout] process doesn't allow us to do that."
There were a few Patriots who reported to Gillette when the lockout temporarily came to a halt on April 29, but outside of that, none of the players are allowed on site during the work stoppage.
"I mean, it sucks, but we have to do what we have to do," Chung said of the lockout. "Mr. Kraft and the organization are doing what they have to do, and we're doing what we have to do. So we'll be ready.
"I'm just getting ready for the season. I'm confident there's going to be one, so I'm just waiting it out."