Patriots kicker Stephen Gostkowski took a break from the rehab on his right quad today to brighten the day of quite a few youngsters at Childrenís Hospital in Boston.
Gostkowski was a guest on the hospitalís in-house Mid-Week Morning Show, which is broadcast to all the rooms, and signed autographs and posed for pictures. Gostkowski then donned scrubs and a surgical mask on room-to-room visits in the oncology department.
ďI got the opportunity to come up here and I didnít hesitate to do it,Ē said Gostkowski, who has a 14-month-old son, Slayden, with wife Hallie. ďAnytime I can come up to a hospital with kids involved and brighten their day, Iím up for it any day of the week. Itís something Iím passionate aboutÖJust to have this jersey on and to put a couple smiles on kidís faces that havenít smiled in a while is very rewarding and brings meaning to what you can do with your status as an athlete in this area."
Gostkowski said heís making progress from his November surgery to repair his torn right quad and expects to be at full strength for the season.
ďI feel real good,Ē he said. ďFrom where I was, having surgery and on crutches for a couple weeks, youíre pretty down then, but you progress every day. They (doctors and trainers) reiterate to me that they see no problems moving forward and you just have to trust them. Iím not scared to get hurt and Iím not worried about the repercussions of it. Itís something that happened and Iím looking forward to next year.Ē
Gostkowski said heíll likely head to his college, the University of Memphis, to continue his rehab if the players are locked out by the owners.
ďIíve got plans for whatever happens,Ē he said. ďMy plan is to stay up here as long as I can and if something does happen I have opportunities in Tennessee at my college and with people that I know down there. The only thing Iím worried about is getting ready to play. I know Iíll be ready.Ē