WAAF interview with Steve Nelson

Greg Hill and the rest of the gang at the Hill-Man Morning Show on WAAF did a great interview with Patriots Hall of Fame linebacker Steve Nelson yesterday morning. They talked to Steve about Junior Seau’s arrest and (ahem) accident, his favorite (and least favorite) Patriots moments from his playing career and beyond, his involvement with Game Changers: The Greatest Plays in New England Patriots History, and this evening’s signing event at the Borders store at Legacy Place in Dedham, Massachusetts.

You can hear the whole thing for yourself right here.

Don’t forget to come out to the signing tonight (October 20) from  7 to 9 p.m. This is your only chance to get a book signed by Nellie. For details and a link to directions, see my events page.

#57 on Channel 12

Patriots Hall of Fame linebacker Steve Nelson stopped by The Rhode Show on Providence’s WPRI-TV 12 this morning to talk about the Pats, his involvement with Game Changers: The Greatest Plays in New England Patriots History and our upcoming signing event at the Borders store at Legacy Place in Dedham, Massachusetts.

Here’s the segment.

Don’t forget, you’ll have a chance to meet this Patriots legend at the Dedham  Borders signing. It’s coming up Wednesday, October 20 from 7 to 9 p.m. For details and a link to directions, see my events page.

More Upcoming Media for Steve Nelson

It just keeps getting better. If you’re a serious Patriots fan, you have to be psyched to have more opportunities to catch up with one of the all time greats, team Hall of Fame linebacker Steve Nelson. Three more stops for #57 to add to the stuff I hipped you to yesterday.

This batch includes a an interview with on WEEI’s pre-game show, NFL Sunday, and a long-form interview on 1510 The Zone. In all cases, you can expect to hear Nellie talk about his amazing 14-year career with the Patriots (three trips to the Pro Bowl and one to the Super Bowl in that period, as well as being a key player in some of the best Patriots squads ever assembled — that’s right, late-comers, I said ever — in 1976, 1978 and 1985) and the terrific foreword he wrote for Game Changers: The Greatest Plays in New England Patriots History. Hopefully, he’ll also get a chance, during the two interviews coming up on Sunday, October 17 that he and I will be signing copies at the Borders store at Legacy Place in Dedham, Massachusetts on Wednesday, October 20 from 7 to 9 p.m. For details and a link to directions, see my events page.

Here are the details on the newly booked media appearances, in chronological order.

October 17
9:15 a.m
NFL Sunday with Dale Arnold, Christian Fauria, Troy Brown and Chris Price
WEEI Sports Network
Boston, Massachusetts (and everywhere in New England)
Let us know you’ll be listening.

October 17
7:15 p.m.
Scott Cordischi on Sports
WPRO, 630 AM/99.7 FM
Boston, Massachusetts
Let us know you’ll be listening.

October 24
7 a.m.
The Book Club Show
AM 1510 The Zone
Boston, Massachusetts
Let us know you’ll be listening.

Steve Nelson TV and Radio Interviews

Patriots Hall of Fame linebacker Steve Nelson will be doing some media in Providence and Boston over the next eight days. Steve’s got a TV appearance scheduled in Providence on Thursday, October 14, and a pair of Boston radio interviews scheduled on Tuesday, October 19.

In all cases, Nellie will be talking about his 14-year career with the Patriots (a career so impressive, no Patriots player can ever wear #57 again) and the terrific foreword he wrote for Game Changers: The Greatest Plays in New England Patriots History. Hopefully, he’ll also get a chance, during the radio interviews at least, to let folks know that he and I will be signing copies at the Borders store at Legacy Place in Dedham, Massachusetts on Wednesday, October 20 from 7 to 9 p.m. For details and a link to directions, see my events page.

Here are the details on the media appearances, in chronological order.

October 14
8:10 a.m
The Rhode Show
WPRI-TV 12
Providence, Rhode Island
Let us know you’ll be watching.

October 19
7:45 a.m.
Loren & Wally
WROR, 105.7 FM
Boston, Massachusetts
Let us know you’ll be listening.

October 19
8:20 a.m.
The Hill-Man Morning Show
WAAF, 107.3 FM
Boston, Massachusetts
Let us know you’ll be listening.

Steve Nelson on Providence Radio

Steve Nelson will be talking about the biggest moments from his 14-year career with the Patriots on WPRO-AM 630‘s The John DePetro Show on Thursday, September 30 at 6:40 a.m.

You’ve got to tune in. Or listen on line if you’re not in PRO’s broadcast area.

Steve’s a well-spoken guy with a lot of great stories to share.

And, of course, don’t forget to come out to the Barnes & Noble in Warwick on Saturday, October 2, where Steve and I will be signing copies of Game Changers: The Greatest Plays in New England Patriots History from 1 to 3 p.m.

Store details and a link to directions are on the events page.

Boston Area Signing With Steve Nelson

So now we’ve got a Boston-area signing scheduled with Patriots Hall of Fame linebacker Steve Nelson.

Nellie and I will be signing copies Game Changers: The Greatest Plays in New England Patriots History at the Borders store in Dedham, Massachusetts on Wednesday, October 20 from 7 to 9 p.m.

This is one of two signings Steve and I will be doing together. The other, as previously noted, will take place at the Barnes & Noble Booksellers store in Warwick, Rhode Island on Saturday, October 2 from 1 to 3 p.m.

These two signings are great opportunities for you to meet one of the all-time great Patriots.

As I’ve written here before, Steve played 14 years for the Patriots. He was a three-time Pro Bowler. And he was part of three of the best Patriots teams ever fielded, in 1976, 1974 and 1985. That ’85 squad, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary year, was the first Patriots team to make the Super Bowl. Steve’s number, 57, has been retired by the team.

Steve wrote a terrific foreword for Game Changers and I’m just absolutely psyched that he’s agreed to do these signings. But you should know that these two events are it. You won’t get another chance to get your copy of Game Changers signed by a Patriots legend. So come on out, meet him and pick up a signed copy — for yourself or that special Pats fan on your holiday list.

Store details and a link to directions are on the events page.

The Underrated (by some) Kevin Faulk

With the news that Kevin Faulk has been lost for the season to an ACL tear (which could mean the end of his career), I’ve been thinking about how much Faulk has meant to the Patriots over his 12 seasons with the team. As serious Patriots fans know, it’s a lot. Here’s a piece I wrote about Kevin for  Game Changers: The Greatest Plays in New England Patriots History. (It shows up in my chapter on Super Bowl XXXVIII.)

The Other Troy Brown: Kevin Faulk

If Troy Brown had been a running back, he would have been Kevin Faulk. Seriously. At times the similarity between the two players borders on uncanny. It starts with attitude: Faulk, like Brown, is the definition of a blue-collar athlete. He works hard and does whatever his team asks. He’s been doing it for 11 years, all with the Patriots, and if he’s ever complained that he doesn’t get enough recognition he hasn’t done it publicly.

But the fact is, Faulk doesn’t get enough recognition. He’s been a consistent contributor on offense, both running the ball and providing a reliable target for Tom Brady in short passing situations. His 418 catches are the most by a running back in Patriots’ history. He’s returned punts and kicks, sometimes with spectacular results. And like Brown, he’s been there to strip intercepted balls away from defensive backs. In 2007 he got one back from Baltimore Ravens safety Ed Reed, allowing the Patriots come out ahead in their toughest match of the season.

In Super Bowl XXXVIII, Faulk had a key two-point conversion, taking a direct snap and rocketing through the one gap. It was Faulk’s only score that year (though he’d racked up 1,351 all-purpose yards) but it was critical. Had the two-point try failed, the Pats likely would have been driving to tie late rather than to win.

And how does Faulk feel about being compared with Brown? “Troy’s my idol,” he says. “When I came here, I tried to model myself after him.” Mission accomplished.

Reminds Me Of Something

“In any return, there’s one guy who’s not blocked. And your job as the return man is to make that guy miss. If you can do that, you’ve got a chance to take it all the way.”

Kevin Faulk told me that in respect to Ellis Hobbs‘ NFL record 108-yard kickoff return TD on opening weekend of the 2007 season. (That’s right, you can read Faulk’s comments and more in Game Changers: The Greatest Plays in New England Patriots History.)

I got to thinking about Hobbs’ play yesterday after Brandon Tate took the opening kickoff of the second half 97 yards for a touchdown. (Hobbs’ TD also came on the opening kickoff of the second half.)

Thought about it more as I watched and rewatched the Tate play last night. It’s a really pretty return. Tate gets one really good block (I think it’s Rob Gronkowski who throws it), but other than that, it’s all about the second-year WR/kick returner, who’s healthy for the first time in his NFL career and showing great promise.

The play’s not a game changer, mind you. The Pats had the thing well in hand by the end of the first half. But it did pretty much ice the thing.

NFL.com won’t let me embed the video here, but ya gotta go check it out.

Signing With Nellie

The first signing with Patriots Hall of Fame linebacker Steve Nelson is officially confirmed.

Nellie and I will be signing copies Game Changers: The Greatest Plays in New England Patriots History at the Barnes & Noble Booksellers store in Warwick, Rhode Island on Saturday, October 2 from 1 to 3 p.m.

This is going to be a great opportunity for you to meet one of the all-time great Patriots.

Steve played 14 years for the Pats, during which time he went to three Pro Bowls. He was part of three of the best Patriots teams ever fielded, in 1976, 1974 and 1985. That ’85 squad, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary year, was the first Patriots team to make the Super Bowl.

Steve, who wrote a terrific foreword for Game Changers, is only doing two signings. So don’t miss this chance to meet him and pick up a signed copy — for yourself or that special Pats fan on your holiday list.

Store details and a link to directions are on the events page.

TV Interview

I’ll be appearing on 22 News, WWLP, in Springfield, Massachusetts on Monday, September 13.

I’ll do two segments, one at 5:50 a.m. and the other at 6:15 a.m. I’ll be talking about Game Changers: The Greatest Plays in New England Patriots History and the Patriots season opener.

I hope you’ll be able to tune in.