"First of all, I would like to express my sincere condolences to Will McDonough's wife, Denise, and his children, Sean, Erin, Terry, Ryan and Kara.
"Personally, I have known Will for over 25 years and considered him a friend, long before I ever came into ownership of the New England Patriots. When I owned the Boston Lobsters tennis team, Will and I started playing tennis together. My fondest memories will always be the times we shared, both on the tennis court and on the golf course, and the stories that he told. I don't think I have ever met a better storyteller. He was a Boston native who knew everyone and everyone confided in him. He was a local icon. He was asked to speak at numerous local dinners for charitable events that I attended and, no matter who the headline speaker was, Will always stole the show.
"Professionally, Will was one of a kind. As a Patriots fan in the early 1960s, I became a big fan of Will's coverage of the team. He was an institution, not only in Boston, but in the world of sports journalism. He was a larger than life reporter who, by the power of his pen, changed the way sports are covered. It is a great loss. Will McDonough will be missed."