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Danny Amendola reflects on role as Patriots playoff hero in postgame press conference

Alex Reimer
January 21, 2018 - 7:21 pm

Danny Amendola came up big in the playoffs once again. Tom Brady connected with him for two touchdown passes in an incredible fourth quarter comeback against the Jaguars, leading the Patriots to their eighth Super Bowl in the Bill Belichick-Brady era.

When Amendola first joined the Patriots in 2013, he received scorn for an injury-riddled and pedestrian season. The wideout has come a long way.

“I’m thankful for my opportunity here and what it’s been for the past 5 years,” he told reporters after the game. “I have a lot of great memories here. Any negative thing that’s tried to hinder me, I’ve tried to ignore and focus on the positive things going on in this building for the last five years, and try to build off that and be a good teammate. That’s the only thing I focus on.”

Amendola’s performance was especially big, because Rob Gronkowski exited the game with a concussion in the second quarter. In 11 career playoff games, Amendola has caught 50 passes and six touchdowns. He credits his fearless attitude with his January success.

“It’s a lot about preparation and circumstance and opportunity and being ready,” Amendola said. “No fear. You just go out there and get it done. That’s what we’re all about in this building.”

Though Bill Belichick appeared less than impressed with Brady overcoming his hand injury, Amendola heaped praise on his quarterback –– and good friend.

“Tom is the best. He’s the toughest guy I’ve ever met physically and mentally. If there’s anything that ever happens to Tom, I know he can handle it,” Amendola said. “Not only is he the best player in our locker room, but he gets everyone else to step their game up. That’s why he’s the best.”

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