Carter’s younger sister, 21-year-old Keyarrie Hudson, has been battling Lupus for more than a year. Hudson is actually in the process of moving in with Carter in New England, not just to spend time with her brother but to take advantage of the better doctors that are available in greater Boston.
“Lupus is still kind of exotic back home. In Oklahoma there aren’t really a lot fo specialists for it,” Carter said.
Hudson, who will return to Oklahoma to attend Ryan State in Tulsa, will also be on hand to continue to be an inspiration to her big brother.
“She’s doing well. She’s really strong,” Carter said of his little sister. “She’s a lot stronger…Lupus probably would have been, it would have been the end of me. But for her it’s just a new chapter in her life and she took it on full force. She’s doing a lot better.
“Just to see her go through those struggles and see here have a smile on her face every day even though I know how much it was hurting her and just how she stayed in her faith and how she just stayed herself. A lot of people would have been depressed and lost who they were. But she was that same girl before and after.”
From Knights to Patriots
Rookie free agent defensive end
But Francis and Steve Belichick go back further than even football. They met in a math class during their sophomore year. Francis recalls looking next to him and seeing Belichick working away on his Mac book. He jokingly looked over and said, “You’re Coach Belichick’s son. I [stink] at math, so don’t judge me.” And they’ve been friends ever since.
Francis admits he now kind of sees his friend and former teammate as a boss.
“I do. And it’s kind of weird,” Francis said with a smile. “He’s a good friend and he’s never going to direct me in the wrong path. I’ll always respect him, respect his job and respect him as a friend as well.
“Steven has been a great friend for me for quite some time. He’s kind of guiding me along as well, keeping me on a straight path.”
Former Patriots guard Joe Andruzzi, as he’s done for years, seems to once again be working with the New England strength at conditioning staff this spring. Andruzzi has been on the field for the last two days of rookie mini-camp. … Former NFL quarterback Chris Simms, son of Phil Simms, has been on the field for camp this week. He was warming up his arm as if preparing to throw before practice on Friday and Saturday. Simms is working in a yet-to-be-announced role with the New England scouting department. But like Nick Caserio has done in the past, can also bring a value to the practice field with his ability to throw. …