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Patriots elect eight team captains for 2008 season

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- The New England Patriots announced their 2008 captains today. Quarterback Tom Brady, offensive tackle Matt Light and wide receiver Randy Moss will serve as offensive captains. Linebacker Tedy Bruschi, safety Rodney Harrison, linebacker Mike Vrabel and defensive lineman Vince Wilfork will serve as defensive captains. Linebacker Larry Izzo will serve as special teams captain. The Patriots' 2008 captains were elected by their teammates this week.

On offense, Brady will serve as an offensive captain for the seventh straight season, having first been elected in 2002. Light, in his eighth season with the Patriots since being selected in the second round of the 2001 NFL Draft, will serve as a captain for the first time. Moss, in his second season with the Patriots after joining the team via trade in April 2007, will serve as a Patriots captain for the first time.

On defense, Bruschi has been a captain every season since first serving in the role in 2002, and is in his seventh season as a Patriots captain. Harrison will serve as a Patriots captain for the fifth time, previously earning the role in four straight seasons from 2003-06. Vrabel will serve as a captain for the fourth straight year after first earning the honor in 2005. Wilfork is a first-time captain in his fifth season since joining the Patriots as a first-round draft choice in 2004.

Izzo will serve as the Patriots' special teams captain for the eighth straight season. He has been elected as a captain each year since joining the Patriots in 2001.

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