Local ties eased Amendola's transition

Local ties eased Amendola's transition
January 3, 2014, 7:30 pm
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FOXBORO – Danny Amendola went to high school and college in Texas but his Massachusetts ties have made his first year with the Patriots like coming home.
Amendola’s parents, Willie and Valarie, were born and raised in Scituate, Amendola explained Friday. He still has extended family in that town and also in Newton and Brockton.
“I have family all over the Boston area so it’s been really a pretty easy transition for me off the field with friends and family to hang out with,” said Amendola.
Through his childhood, Amendola would return to Scituate once or twice a year. One visit would always be an extended one in the summer where his grandparents lived near the beach.
Amendola’s father coached high school football in Maine briefly before the family moved to Texas so Willie Amendola could continue coaching.
When his contract with the Rams was up after last season, the Patriots were the team he targeted as a landing spot.
“I knew I wanted first and foremost to spend the next however many years playing for a good football team,” he said. “Having family up here was an added bonus. They’ve been great. It’s been really fun to be back with my cousins.”
In 2013, Amendola displayed the talent and toughness that made him the choice to step in for Wes Welker when Welker went to free agency. Even though Amendola’s season was undermined by injury, he’s got four years left after this season to keep progressing.