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Pats release Underwood day before Super Bowl

Posted on: February 4, 2012 7:50 pm
Edited on: February 5, 2012 9:58 am
 
T. Underwood (AP)

By Josh Katzowitz


INDIANAPOLIS -- While much has been made of Bill Belichick’s seemingly happy mood since the Patriots arrived here for Super Bowl XLVI, at least one of his former players has to be mighty upset with him tonight.
 
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That’d be wide receiver Tiquan Underwood, who was released from the squad about 24 hours (!) before New England faces the Giants at Lucas Oil Stadium. In his place, the Patriots have signed rookie defensive end Alex Silvestro to the active roster.

As the Boston Herald points out, Underwood almost surely would receive a Super Bowl ring if the Patriots win and that the move was not disciplinary.

Speculation has centered on the Patriots perhaps wanting an extra defensive linemen to move into the rotation and that, without Underwood in the lineup, Chad Ochocinco most likely will be active for Sunday’s game.

Underwood’s classy reaction, via Twitter? “This Is Nothing But MOTIVATION.... I Been Thru A LOT...But There Are Ppl In This World w/ More Serious Problems So I Cant Hang The Head....Thank You Lord … Good Luck To The New Enland Organization, The Coaches, & All My Teammates... #PatsNation”

But even though the Giants can't claim Underwood via waivers (they couldn't do so until Monday), I honestly love the idea presented by the New York Post’s Bart Hubbuch, who writes “Giants should ... hire him as a "quality control coach" like Josh McDaniels. I'm serious.”

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Comments

Since: Sep 23, 2007
Posted on: February 5, 2012 12:57 am
 

Pats release Underwood day before Super Bowl

I'm surprised it wasn't Ochocinco since he hasn't done shit since joining the team.



Since: Jan 16, 2012
Posted on: February 5, 2012 12:49 am
 

Pats release Underwood day before Super Bowl

Giants will win SB XLVI 'cause Bill Belichick will have bad karma




Since: Mar 30, 2009
Posted on: February 5, 2012 12:47 am
 

Pats release Underwood day before Super Bowl

Why be upset?  Like he would have played.  Just watch the game, and enjoy your ring.



Since: Jan 28, 2010
Posted on: February 5, 2012 12:47 am
 

Pretty low even for the Patriots

I understand the move; but they couold have done this before now.Yell



Since: May 8, 2007
Posted on: February 5, 2012 12:36 am
 

Pats release Underwood day before Super Bowl

I get this is a roster move that the team felt they needed to make to cover themselves for the game, but what a show of disrespect to the player. I'm really impressed he handled it as well as he did, because I likely would have lost my mind. I can't imagine preparing every day for the Super Bowl, and getting 24 hours away, only to be told you're not on the team anymore. That's gotta sting man. The whole thing is Beli at his finest. 

I do love that last bit there. How great would that be if they could pull that off? 



Since: Oct 6, 2011
Posted on: February 5, 2012 12:30 am
 

Pats release Underwood day before Super Bowl

He did play a role on the team this year and he will get a ring IF they win.



Since: Oct 2, 2006
Posted on: February 5, 2012 12:26 am
 

Pats release Underwood day before Super Bowl

JimF13, I agree. Underwood handled it very well. I don't think I could even though I share his faith.

@Mike and Bob, yes. Underwood played in several games with the Patriots. He was rarely targeted. But when he was, he dropped a few passes and wasn't very effective. I do feel sorry for the guy though.



Since: Apr 12, 2009
Posted on: February 5, 2012 12:25 am
 

Pats release Underwood day before Super Bowl

How would taking Bellicheats knees out end his career?  Not a Bellicheat fan, but less a fan of morons.  Moron



Since: Dec 10, 2006
Posted on: February 5, 2012 12:05 am
 

Pats release Underwood day before Super Bowl

That is one classy response from Underwood.



Since: Feb 24, 2008
Posted on: February 5, 2012 12:03 am
 

Pats release Underwood day before Super Bowl

Might be making a mistake for opening my mouth as i watch the NFC and not the pats.... Stats dont lie but was the man given a chance to play and represent himself?


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