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Super Bowl LIII: Patriots DB Obi Melifonwu has backing of coaches as he lives out dream with hometown team

Obi Melifonwu has had a rollercoaster start to his NFL career.
A second round pick in 2017 by the Raiders, Melifonwu was released in his second season. He latched on with the Patriots, the team he cheered on as a child growing up in Grafton, Mass., first with a practice squad deal.
Now he’s preparing to play in the Super Bowl for his hometown team.
For Melifonwu, it’s a valuable point on a journey that he hopes won’t end anytime soon.
“I’m a strong believer in if you’re not getting better at something, you’re getting worse, so to be in this position and to come this far, you definitely have to have something that’s deep inside that nobody can really push you to be great or do things to the best of your ability,” Melifonwu told “That’s something that you have to push yourself. What motivates me and gives me a chip on my shoulder is I wasn’t highly recruited out of high school. I had one offer to UConn. So, that’s definitely something that’s given me a chip on my shoulder.”
Melifonwu’s former coach and principal at Grafton (Mass.) High School are both excited about the Patriots playing in the game … and seeing their former charge excel on the stage he has. And they’re confident that Melifonwu landing with the Patriots was meant to be.

I grew up a Pats fan, and as a little kid I would pray that one day I would be a part of this team and end up going to the Super Bowl. All I can say is thank you God. If you knew what I’ve been through you would understand why I am so grateful, I am truly blessed beyond belief.
— Obi Melifonwu (@Obi_1nOnly) January 21, 2019

“What he’s gone through – being drafted and then being released and then picked up by the Patriots – he’s worked hard, it’s well-deserved,” Grafton High School Principal James Pignataro told MassLive. “Beyond that, he’s just a tremendous person.”
Added Grafton football coach Chris McMahon: “I think he always knew that he had the ability to maybe do something special. When he came here from the Raiders, I think we all felt this was the best possible situation for him – to be in a place where there’s tremendous stability, where there’s veteran presence in the locker room to guide him. I think him being in the Patriots organization himself was probably the best thing that could’ve happened to him.
“The biggest thing to me with Obi is just the type of person he is, he’s genuine, honest, hardworking, he’s the kind of guy you want on your team. He’s the kind of guy you want to root for, as well. Sometimes we lose track of what makes these guys successful, and I think Obi’s success lies in his personality.”
With one more win on Sunday, Melifonwu would get to flash that personality alongside the Lombardi Trophy, and bring a little bit of Grafton, Mass. to the brightest lights and stage. He dreamed of doing precisely that with precisely this team when he was in high school, and now he’s almost there.

Tom Brady's dad shares funny stories of a younger Tom Brady throwing objects

Tom Brady is 41 years old and continues to throw footballs at a high level.
According to his dad, Tom Brady also enjoyed throwing something else when he was younger: golf clubs.
The father, Tom Brady Sr., and son oftentimes made bets on the golf games they played, per
“I remember one particular day we were on our way to Candlestick Park to see the Giants, but we stopped at the golf course to play nine holes,” Brady Sr. told ESPN’s Get Up.
“Of course, we would always [do] double or nothing. By the time we got to the seventh hole, he owed me about 40 car washes, and he ended up throwing the club into the tree.”

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Brady Sr. said, that after Brady threw the club, the father sent his son to the car and told him he would not play golf with him anymore.
“He begged me he’d never do it again,” Brady Sr. told Get Up. “And we drove home [after going to the Giants game] and stopped at the golf course and played another nine holes of golf, but that didn’t stop him from throwing golf clubs.”
That wasn’t the only time Brady threw something out of anger.
When his son went off to college, Brady Sr. saw a hole in his wall, left by a television remote that the younger Brady had thrown about three years earlier when he was in high school. Brady Sr.’s wife, Galynn Brady, hid the hole from her husband by putting a picture over it.
“Then she moved the picture, and I discovered the hole in the wall,” Brady Sr. said. “It was one of those things where he couldn’t believe that something had occurred, and put the T.V. remote through the wall.”
Barring an injury, Brady will be throwing in Super Bowl LIII when his New England Patriots take on the Los Angeles Rams. The Rams are quarterbacked by Jared Goff, who, like Brady, grew up in the Bay Area playing football, basketball and baseball. The game is on Sunday at 6:30 p.m. ET.

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