In catching up with former Patriots receiver Irving Fryar for a piece in Sunday's Boston Globe -- Fryar's son is trying to hook on as a rookie free agent with the Chiefs -- I ended the interview by asking him his thoughts on the New England organization.
I'm always interested to hear the thoughts of former players, especially those from the "Pat Patriot" era.
“I’m jealous," Fryar responded, laughing. "They're winning everything now. I would have loved to have seen Londen in New England because I love what they're doing there. You have to love Tom Brady. [Assistant] Ivan Fears is still there, and he was my coach in New England, so I'm happy to see what they've done. Mr. Kraft, I didn’t get an opportunity to play for him, but I have had a few opportunities to meet him. He seemed like a great man, not just a great business mind, but someone who understands people, has good morals and ethics. I believe he's a good man. I think that that's a good equation for success, so it rolls down from top to bottom."
The interview with Fryar had me reflecting on some of my own thoughts of Patriots football in the era that Fryar played.
Like most teenagers growing up in New England at that time, the first memory that came to mind was "Squish the Fish" in the 1985 playoffs, followed by the Super Bowl loss. I also vividly remember attending a late-season game in 1992 at Foxboro Stadium, one of the 19,429 in attendance to see a 6-0 loss to the Colts at the tail end of the Dick MacPherson era. Times have certainly changed since that day.