New England Patriots fans shouldn’t make any plans on Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday night next week.
“America’s Game: 2014 Patriots” airs Tuesday Sept. 8 at 10 p.m. ET on NFL Network. The next night, “Do Your Job: Bill Belichick and the 2014 Patriots” premiers on NFL Network at 8 p.m. Then, of course, the Patriots open their season against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sept. 10 at 8:30 p.m. on CBS.
NESN.com was fortunate enough to receive an advance screening of “America’s Game,” and it certainly doesn’t disappoint. Wide receiver Julian Edelman, tight end Rob Gronkowski and safety Devin McCourty were interviewed for the show, which includes wired sound from Patriots games throughout the season. Actor Chris Evans narrates the show.
Here’s a trailer for “America’s Game”:
One of the show’s best quotes comes from Edelman, who described the team’s mentality going into the AFC Championship Game against the Indianapolis Colts:
“There was no stopping us that game,” Edelman said. “It didn’t matter who you put in front of us. ‘Let’s go out and play some real football.’ And unfortunately the Colts were the next game — for them.”
Here are some other standout quotes from the show:
Edelman on winning the AFC title: “AFC Championships are fun but AFC Championship rings suck. So let’s kind of ante up, let’s get ready because it’s going to take our all to beat this next team.”
McCourty on pregame comments to Super Bowl hero Malcolm Butler: “I don’t know why it happened this way that he goes out there and wins the Super Bowl. So, I think it’s great because I hope I go down in history as the guy who gave him the greatest pregame speech.”
Edelman on Gronkowski: “He gets a bad rap on some of that stuff, but I can tell you right now, it’s unbelievable to see how disciplined he is when it comes to how he eats. He’ll peel off some of the carbs of some things. You can tell that he’s counting his calories in his head. We’re watching TV and he’ll just say, ‘Let’s do 30 pushups.’ And we’ll do 30 pushups for no reason at all. He just wants to get jacked. It’s just one of those things where he truly just loves football.”
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