Patriots linebackers Adalius Thomas, Mike Vrabel, Junior Seau, Tedy Bruschi and Rosevelt Colvin are on the cover of this week's Sports Illustrated. The headline reads: "Still smiling, still perfect: 9 down, 10 to go."
The article that runs with the story has a headline that reads "Welcome to the 'Backerhood" and notes that Thomas, Vrabel, Seau, Bruschi and Colvin are "five disparate personalities, five enormous talents, one peerless unit." The article explores "how New England's linebacking corps personifies the Patriot Way."
This is the second time in four weeks that the Patriots are on the cover. Patriots QB Tom Brady was on the SI cover after the Patriots defeated the Cowboys on Oct. 14.