By Tom E. CurranTed Larsen was my favorite draft pick by the Patriots last year. The sixth-round lineman from NC State had the greatest name and I got three hours of stupid jokes out of it."Honey, do you know if Ted Larsen returned the weed whacker? I can't find it." "Hi, Ted Larsen, CPA." "Looks like a shopping cart rolled into the minivan. Big dent. I better get Ted Larsen on the phone."Well, Ted Larsen, you're no regular Ted Larsen today. He helped save three teens whose kayak overturned in the Gulf of Mexico. Two of the teens were clinging to it and one was still in the boat, the story goes. How a kid can be in an overturned kayak, I don't know, but let's just stick to the hero stuff. Larsen was out fishing with his girlfriend. It's safe to say, he caught a very special bounty. Here's to you, Ted Larsen!
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.”
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