MIAMI -- Former Patriots defensive lineman Dan Klecko touched on last week's AFC Championship victory over the Patriots during today's Super Bowl XLI media day festivities.
Klecko caught a touchdown pass in the game.
ďIt was a team that didnít think I could play for them anymore, but here I am in Miami," he said. "Itís really special for me.Ē
Klecko also reflected on his time in New England, and how it ended.
ďI talked to Bill [Belichick] and Scott [Pioli] and they just decided it was time to move on," said Klecko, a fourth-round draft choice in 2003 who played several different positions. "We had enough with the experiments and all, and it was just time to move on. There is no bad blood there. I think it was kind of mutual.Ē
Klecko does feel he could have stuck in New England had he played only one position.
ďI think if they would have did that, I could have really flourished into something," he said. "But the past is the past, and thatís over. I would have liked to have played 3-technique, stuck with the nose in pass rushing situations and all. But thatís water under the bridge now.Ē
For the Colts this year, Klecko said he has been playing about 10-15 snaps per game at defensive tackle, backing up Anthony McFarland. Asked if he put on some weight since his time in New England, he laughed.
ďHonest to God, Iím the same exact weight. I think itís the uniform," he said, which drew laughter from reporters. "I'm 280. I stepped on the scale Thursday. I think it is the white uniform and all. I donít know what it is, because I see it too. I look and Iím like ĎOh my God, what the heck.í Itís not slim in this uniform. I think itís the 61. It all just looks horrible."
Klecko said he has been reminded of his plump look by Patriots linebacker Mike Vrabel.
ďVrabel calls me all the time and messes with me," he said. "I really donít know how to explain it.Ē