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Stallworth: 'I know I've matured'

Posted by Julian Benbow, Globe Staff  July 27, 2012 05:59 PM

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He remembered being five years deep into his career the year he first came to New England in 2007, and still being one of the youngest players in the locker room, surrounded by players like Randy Moss, Mike Vrabel, Tedy Bruschi, and Brown.

“Now, throughout my career, I've picked up a lot of things, learned a lot from those guys and now that I'm in my 10th year I try to help those guys out,” he said.

The experience he's had to learn the most from, and the one that jeopardized his career and his livelihood, was the 2009 DUI manslaughter charges for which he was convicted of a felony.

The offense has evolved in his time away. Some things – like Tom Brady – will never change.

“He's still got it,” Stallworth said. “Even now that he's 45 years old, he's still making some good throws. No, he's the same guy. He's passionate, fiery and he keeps us all going. ”

Neither will the way coach Bill Belicheck drives his players in camp.

“Every day, like coach says, there's no light at the end of the tunnel,” Stallworth said. “Every day's going to get tougher and tougher and we're just going to try to string them together one at a time.”

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