Cards expect a motivated Kolb for Sunday


Cards expect a motivated Kolb for Sunday

FOXBORO -- There's a lot at stake for Cardinals quarterback Kevin Kolb Sunday in Foxboro. Beaten out in camp by John Skelton for the starting position Kolb was handpickedin 2011 to assume, Kolb got a second chance in the season opener. In the fourth quarter against the Seahawks, Skelton sprained an ankle, Kolb came in and went 6-for-8 for 66 yards and directed the game-winning drive. "He just got in rhythm and ripped some balls in there," Seahawks coach Pete Carroll told the media. "We were all over every one of those throws. He is a gunslinger, he has always been like that. He just came in and was shooting from the hip and did a great job."

Kolb, who was acquired last season by Arizona in exchange for Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and a second-round pick, was given a deal worth a potential 63 million.But hecouldn't hold off the metronomically effectiveSkelton. But with Skelton down, nowKolb'steammates hope to see more of the Kolb from last Sunday - the one they expected all along - to show up against the Patriots. Jim Trotter of Sports Illustrated writes that safety Adrian Wilson wants Kolb to know how lucky he is to have another shot. "I hope it was very humbling for him," Wilson said, per Trotter. "I hope he understands what he has to do from this point forward. He has to play with that same type of edge all the time. It's not something that you do sometimes. It's an all-the-time thing. He had an OK preseason and didn't win the job, so now he has something to prove. There's a different level of 'want to.' So I hope it was very humbling for him."

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.”