Branch: I don't look to Carter for advice


Branch: I don't look to Carter for advice

By Danny Picard

FOXBORO -- Perhaps not directly responding to Chris Carter's comments that he "disappears too much against regular corners," Patriots wide receiver Deion Branch finished Monday night's 45-3 win over the New York Jets with three receptions for 64 yards and a touchdown.

His 25-yard touchdown reception on a 4th-and-3 quick slant, with 1:01 left in the first quarter, gave the Patriots a 17-0 lead.

After the game, Branch did directly respond to Carter's comments, which were made earlier in the week, and said that Carter's just one of the many who've hated on Branch's game.

"I've been doubted all my life," said Branch. "Ever since I was a little kid, I've been doubted, saying I'd never make it, that I was too short, this and that. So I mean, hearing it from Chris Carter, I didn't hear it, but that's his opinion. He's just like the next man. Somebody else will probably say something tomorrow.

"That's their opinion," added Branch. "I can't worry about the next man. I've got to do what I can do to help provide and take care of my family, and I'm going to keep doing that.

"I never look to him for advice . . . That's his opinion."

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Tom Brady delivers video message at funeral of Navy SEAL

Tom Brady delivers video message at funeral of Navy SEAL

Tom Brady delivered a video message last week at the funeral of Navy SEAL Kyle Milliken, a Maine native and former UConn track athlete killed in Somalia on May 5.

Bill Speros of The Boston Herald, in a column this Memorial Day weekend, wrote about Milliken and Brady's message.   

Milliken ran track at Cheverus High School in Falmouth, Maine, and at UConn, where he graduated in 2001. Milliken lived in Virginia Beach, Va., with his wife, Erin, and two children.  He other Navy SEALs participated in a training exercise at Gillette Stadium in 2011 where he met and posed for pictures with Brady.

Speros wrote that at Milliken’s funeral in Virginia Beach, Va., Brady's video offered condolences and thanked Milliken’s family for its sacrifice and spoke of how Milliken was considered a “glue guy” by UConn track coach Greg Roy.

Milliken had served in Iraq and Afghanistan, earning four Bronze Star Medals and was based in Virginia since 2004.  He was killed in a nighttime firefight with Al-Shabaab militants near Barij, about 40 miles from the Somali capital of Mogadishu. He was 38.

The Pentagon said Milliken was the first American serviceman killed in combat in Somalia since the "Black Hawk Down" battle that killed 18 Americans in 1993. 

In a statement to the Herald, Patriots owner Robert Kraft said: “It was an honor to host Kyle and his team for an exercise at Gillette Stadium in 2011. It gave new meaning to the stadium being known as home of the Patriots. We were deeply saddened to hear of Kyle’s death earlier this month.

“As Memorial Day weekend approaches, we are reminded of the sacrifices made by patriots like Kyle and so many others who have made the ultimate sacrifice to defend and protect our rights as Americans. Our thoughts, prayers and heartfelt appreciation are extended to the Milliken family and the many families who will be remembering lives lost this Memorial Day weekend.”