Before they were Patriots
Matthew SlaterSchool: Servite High School, Anaheim, Calif.
Slater, a Pro Bowl player this year on special teams for the Patriots, went to Servite High with fellow Pro Bowl player Ryan Kalli (Carolina Panthers). He was a grounded person, said his high school coach Larry Toner. "You ask him what he wanted to do, and he'd tell you: 'I want to be a minister.' " Slater never played defense in high school, something he got a taste of this year, but was well equipped. "He wasn't a wall flower. He moved real fast and he had real good feet," Toner said. "We tried to keep our kids on one side of the ball. And sometimes we made mistakes."