Bryant: 'I was rooting for the Patriots'

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Bryant: 'I was rooting for the Patriots'

BOSTON -- With such a deep-seeded rivalry between the Celtics and Lakers, one might think Kobe Bryant would root for the opponent of any Boston-related team.

That wasnt the case with the Super Bowl.

I was rooting for the Patriots just because of Bill Belichick and Tom (Brady) and those guys, he said after the Lakers overtime win against the Celtics. I was pulling for them. I wanted to see them do well, I wanted to see them get another one, but just came a little bit short.

During the game, Bryant chatted with tight end Rob Gronkowski, who was one of several Pats in attendance along with team owner Robert Kraft.

I told him he should go play for the Eagles, thats what I told him, said Bryant, a native of Philadelphia. Actually I just told him congratulations on a good year.

Bryant, 33, smiled at the mention of the 22-year-old NFL player smiling after they talked.

Its funny, he said. Im so old, most of the guys watched me when they were in middle school. But I appreciate their talent as well.

Report: Patriots sign nine undrafted free agents

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Report: Patriots sign nine undrafted free agents

The Patriots have reportedly added nine undrafted free agents after selecting nine players in the 2016 NFL Draft.

DJ Foster, RB/WR, Arizona State
Shaquille Powell, RB, Duke
De’Runnya Wilson, TE/WR, Miss State
Steven Scheu, TE, Vanderbilt
Woodrow Hamilton, DT, Mississippi State
CJ Johnson, LB, Mississippi State
V’Angelo Bentley, CB, Illinois
Jonathan Jones, CB, Auburn
Cre’Von LeBlanc, CB, Florida Atlantic

Foster is arguably the highest profile player the Patriots signed and was filmed celebrating the moment.

Foster has the versatility the Patriots looks for. He played running back over his first three collegiate seasons before shifting to wide receiver. He finished his career at Arizona State with 666 total touches for 4,813 yards and 32 touchdowns.

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