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Attitudes are contagious, and a good one can go a long way.

When wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson first met New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, he was taken aback, in a good way, by the 19-year veteran’s positive attitude and humbleness.

"The first day I met Tom, we did a charity event here and he came up and introduced himself, 'What's up?' and he said my name. I was like, 'Damn, he knows who I am. That's the greatest quarterback of all time and he's saying that to little old me?' It was an honor."

Since then, the two have been connecting on the field for what could be a strong tandem this season. With the wide receiver depth at a low and with Julian Edelman serving his four-game suspension, Patterson could be the boost New England needs.

In a recent interview with ESPN’s Mike Reiss, Patterson touched base on working with Brady and keeping a positive attitude. Here are a few tidbits from the discussion.

On Tom Brady:

"He's been doing it for 19 years, and every locker room I've been in, people are talking about him. Everyone that played with him would say how good and humble of a guy he is, he's the GOAT, and you'd just hear a lot of good things about him. But you really don't know a guy until you get beside him, and hear him, listen to what he’s saying. He is a great guy and one thing I've seen: He comes in each and every morning with a smile on his face, and he's leaving with a smile. You need that out of your quarterback, out of your GM [on the field]."

On staying positive:

"I have mistakes all the time, just thinking too much, but at the end of the day I'm having fun, I'm enjoying it. I'm in a position where guys pray to be in. ... You don't want to be that guy who's always hanging his head down, not enjoying yourself. Whether it's Tom, Danny [Etling], [Brian] Hoyer, I want to show them I'm working hard, smiling, having fun, doing the little things I need to do."

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Megan Carnahan 8/27/2018 09:05:00 AM Edit
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