Former Patriots executives Scott Pioli and Thomas Dimitroff, now general managers of the Chiefs and Falcons, respectively, joined The Big Show in Indianapolis Thursday. The two discussed their days with the Patriots and what they hope to achieve with their current franchises. 

Bill Belichick has been more friendly with the media since arriving in Indianapolis for the Super Bowl, to the surprise of many. Neither Pioli nor Dimitroff are surprised to see this side of him.

INDIANAPOLIS -- Patriots defensive lineman Vince Wilfork and several of his teammates said Thursday they weren’t going to get into a war of words with Giants defensive lineman Chris Canty, who said Wednesday that New York fans should “get ready for a parade.”

“The game is never won in the papers or in the media,” Wilfork said. “We’ll do all our talking on Sunday.”

INDIANAPOLIS -- On Wednesday, Chris Canty told New York Giants fans to "get ready for a parade" following Super Bowl XLVI. Canty again spoke to the media on Thursday and was asked if he thought the comments might serve as potential motivation for the Patriots.

INDIANAPOLIS -- For the first time since injuring his left ankle in the AFC championship game, Patriots Pro Bowl tight end Rob Gronkowski will practice Thursday and will play in Super Bowl XLVI Sunday here at Lucas Oil Stadium, according to a tweet from ESPN's Adam Schefter

Gronkowski suffered what his father called a "high ankle sprain" when Bernard Pollard landed on it in the third quarter of the 23-20 win over the Ravens. 

INDIANAPOLIS -- The Super Bowl is traditionally one of the most-watched television programs every year. Patriots owner Robert Kraft - on the committee overseeing NFL broadcast rights - has even bigger hopes for Sunday. He's hoping Super Bowl XLVI passes the series finale of M*A*S*H in 1983.

"I hope this game Sunday is the most-watched program in the history of television," Kraft said Thursday morning. 

NBC NFL analyst and former Patriots safety Rodney Harrison, in an interview with the Dennis & Callahan show, said that he endured months of sleepless nights in the aftermath of the Patriots' 17-14 loss in Super Bowl XLII. The circus catch by David Tyree, with Harrison draped all over the receiver, played a critical role in the Giants' game-winning drive and left the defensive back to a withering self-assessment.

INDIANAPOLIS -- There are two players in NFL history with at least 10 catches in two Super Bowls.



INDIANAPOLIS -- Near the start of the 2011 season, Patriots defensive line coach Pepper Johnson made a simple analogy when talking about the New England defensive line, saying “it’s kind of hard teaching some old dogs new tricks.”

INDIANAPOLIS -- While Patriots quarterback Tom Brady attempts to win his fourth Super Bowl Sunday against the Giants at Lucas Oil Stadium, his

INDIANAPOLIS -- According to the pool report sent out by the NFL, tight end Rob Gronkowski was the only member of the Patriots or Giants not to participate in practice Wednesday in preparation for Super Bowl XLVI.