Junior Seau and Rodney Harrison looked like kids again on Friday night.
Both players scored vicious sacks on one of the more mobile quarterbacks in football, the Tennessee Titans' Vince Young.
Harrison's hit drew a collective "Ooooh" from the hometown fans. Seau's sack, meanwhile, punctuated his improbable return to Foxboro, after many observers thought his arm injury versus Chicago last season had ended his career.
"I try not to dramatize the situation; it is preseason and we're three weeks away from the regular season," Seau reasoned in today's Boston Globe. But he is excited about getting another chance to help the Patriots capture their fourth Super Bowl championship.
"When you're 37 years old and you almost compound fractured your arm, it's pretty much over. But that wasn't it. They gave me another opportunity."
And on the other side of the football, WR Kelvin Kight is back again this season, after spending 2006 on the Pats practice squad. He's trying to make the 53-man roster at one of the deepest positions on this year's team.
In a Providence Journal interview today, Kight explains how his father, who was once his youth league coach, helps him through adversity.
"My father always put me in a position where I had to work harder than other people to be the best," Kight began. "He gives me encouragement on those days it feels like it's getting hard. He's a big part of my life; it's a blessing."