Mayo honored as 2011 Ron Burton Award winner


Mayo honored as 2011 Ron Burton Award winner

By Tom E. Curran Patriots Insider Follow @tomecurran
FOXBORO - This past summer, a 10-year-old in my town named Brentwas playing in a baseball tournament on the Cape. In one of the final games of the event, Brent was pitching when an opposing batter looped a short foul ball on the third base line. Breaking for the ball immediately, Brent got to the foul line and dove. At the same time, his catcher did the same thing. Brent made the catch - a remarkable one - but also broke his leg in two places in the collision. After a couple of harrowing days, Brent was back home, laid up on the family couch in the middle of the summer with a cast up to his hip. On a Saturday afternoon in the middle of the NFL lockout, Jerod Mayo calledBrent to see how he was doing. It made the kid's day. Tuesday night, Mayo was named the 2011 winner of the New England Patriots Ron Burton Community Service Award. He was presented with the honor at the Kickoff Gala held by the Patriots Charitable Foundation. "My biggest passion is just giving back to the kids; they're our future and I know it sounds cliche' but it's the truth," Mayo said after being presented with the award. "Some of them really don't have direction and things like that so anytime it has something to do with kids, I'm there."I'm sure Mayo looks at the phone call he placed to Brent as being no big deal. Just a couple of minutes to make a kid who was down feel up for a little while. But the fact I felt comfortable calling on Mayo or that favor and the fact I knew he wouldn't look at it as a big encumberance tells you all you need to know about him, There are a lot of coaches and players in the Patriots' organization willing to quietly give, beginning with the head coach Bill Belichick. Mayo, though? He's something special. He gives the impression he wants to go out of his way to help people. In his three short years in New England, Jerod has made large contributions both on and off the field, said Patriots Chairman and CEO Robert Kraft. Both in uniform and and as an active volunteer in the community, he has done everything asked of him and more. He continually makes us proud to have drafted him in 2008. He is a most deserving recipient of the Ron Burton Award.Added Andre Tippett, the Patriots Executive Director of Community, "If it helps kids, hes there. We know him to always roll up his sleeves while getting involved in creative ways, including leading art projects, serving children dinner and playing interactive games. It is clear that he wants to use his experience as a father to make a difference in the lives of each child he meets. In 2010, Mayo launched The Mayo Bowl, an annual celebrity bowling event to raise funds for Pitching in for Kids, a charity that provides earmarked grants to improve the lives of children in New England. The 2011 edition will be held at King's in Dedham on September 19.
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Butler imitates Brown with post-interception dance: 'Nothing personal'


Butler imitates Brown with post-interception dance: 'Nothing personal'

Malcolm Butler didn't mean any disrespect. After all, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. 


When the Patriots corner picked off a Landry Jones pass in the first quarter -- one that was intended for receiver Antonio Brown -- Butler stood up in the end zone, faced the Heinz Field crowd, stuck one arm in the air a and gyrated like someone had attached jumper cables to his facemask. 

He was doing his best to mimick one of Brown's well-known touchdown dances.

"Me and Brown had conversation before," Butler said, "and it was a joke to him once I showed him how I do it. Much love for that guy. Nothing personal."

For Butler, it was the highlight of what was a productive afternoon. The third-year corner was asked to shadow Brown for much of the day, and he allowed Brown to catch five of nine targets for 94 yards. He also broke up a pair of passes intended for Brown's teammates.

“Stopping Antonio Brown, that’s impossible," Butler said. "You can’t stop him. You can only slow him down. I just went out there and tried to compete today . . . Great players are going to make plays but you have to match their intensity.”
Even on the longest throw from backup quarterback Landry Jones to Brown, a 51-yarder, it appeared as though Butler played the coverage called correctly. 

Butler lined up across from Brown and trailed him underneath as Brown worked his jway from the left side of the field to the right. Butler was looking for some help over the top in that scenario, seemingly, but because Brown ran across the formation, it was hard for the back end of the defense to figure out who would be helping Butler. 

Belichick admitted as much after the game. 

"He was on [Brown] a lot the way we set it up," Belichick said. "Look, they've got great players. They're tough to cover. They hit us on a couple over routes, in cut where they kind of ran away from the coverage that we had. 

"The plays were well designed. Good scheme, good thorws and obviously good routes by Brown. They got us on a couple, but I thought we competed hard. We battled all the way. We battled on third down. We battled in the red area. They made some. We made some, but they're good. They have a lot of good players."

And Brown, in particular, is about as close as it gets to unstoppable in the NFL. Butler found that out in Week 1 of last year when he matched up with Brown in his first game as a starter, giving up nine catches for 133 yards to the All-Pro wideout. 

Though Sunday might not have been perfect for Butler, it was better than that day about 14 months ago. And at times, it was worth dancing about. 

SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL: Seahawks, Cardinals miss OT FGs, tie 6-6


SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL: Seahawks, Cardinals miss OT FGs, tie 6-6

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) Seattle's Stephen Hauschka and Arizona's Chandler Catanzaro missed short field goals that would have won the game in overtime and the Seahawks and Cardinals settled for a 6-6 tie Sunday night.

Hauschka's 27-yard field goal was wide left with seven seconds left after Catanzaro's 24-yarder bounced off the left upright.

The tie was the Cardinals' first since Dec. 7, 1986, a 10-10 draw at Philadelphia when the franchise was based in St. Louis. It was the first for the Seattle since entering the NFL in 1976.

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