Ty Law understands Smith's decision


Ty Law understands Smith's decision

Ty Law understands why Torrey Smith will play against the Patriots Sunday night, less than 24 hours after his younger brother was killed in a motorcycle accident.

In 1999, Law played in a game for the Patriots the day after his grandfather -- who had raised him and who Law regarded as his father -- died.

"It's very difficult, because you get the call and it's so unexpected," Law said Sunday night on Comcast SportsNet's 'Patriots Pregame Live'. "We got out of meetings and at 9 o'clock I got a page telling me my grandfather's passed. I was supposed to actually go see him the next day; no one expected him to be gone . . .

"When you get that type of news, I mean, your heart just drops. You're emotional; you don't know what to do. But I had to think. I had a lot of great teammates who consoled me throughout the process. Willie McGinest stayed in my room with me that night because he wasn't just my grandfather, he was my father. He raised me. So that was really tough.

"The thing that I had to think about: What would he want to me to do? My grandfather loved to see me play on Sunday. So I didn't just play for myself and my teammates; I played for him. Because he would have wanted me to play no matter what. And that's what I did.

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.”