Fitzpatrick: 'I felt like I was violated' by Patriots


Fitzpatrick: 'I felt like I was violated' by Patriots

By Phil Perry

The bottom of a pile of football players can be a place of unspeakable ugliness, but that didn't keep Ryan Fitzpatrick from discussing his experience against the Patriots on Sunday.

The Bills quarterback took a knee or fell on the ball near the goal line five times late in the fourth quarter as Buffalo ran the clock out before calling on Rian Lindell to kick the game-winning field goal. After one of those short-lived plays, Fitzpatrick found himself in the middle of some angry Patriots.

"It was getting pretty chippy, especially at the end there," Fitzpatrick told Dan Patrick on the Dan Patrick Show. "Obviously no one wants to lose, and they're a group that doesn't lose much."

Then Fitzpatrick accused New England's defense of doing some dirty, dirty things where the cameras couldn't see. Vince Wilfork was called for a personal foul penalty during that series, but Fitzpatrick said he didn't know which individual Patriot was to blame.

"On one of those plays they were trying to act like I fumbled it," Fitzpatrick said. "I was getting pinched and poked and prodded. I don't know. I felt like I was violated a little bit."

Violated and then snubbed. Fitzpatrick said he looked for Brady after the game for the usual postgame congratulationconsolation that goes on between NFL quarterbacks, but Brady was long gone before Fitzpatrick could stop him.

"He ran off," Fitzpatrick said. "It seemed like he didn't want to talk to anybody."

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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.”