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February 2, 2008

At 33, undersized Izzo proving doubters wrong


Every day during training camp I was busting my butt in a desperation mode, trying to make that football team.

It was the second preseason game, at Chicago, Soldier Field, I think I had three or four tackles, two big hits on the kickoff return team.

We were sitting in a meeting room the next day watching the game film and Jimmy Johnson tells the team there's only one guy here in this room that's made this football team and he pointed at Dan Marino. 'I'm looking for 52 more guys.' So we go on, we watch the game film, and I was out there ballin' — big hits, three or four tackles. Finally after calling out my name three or four times throughout the film, Jimmy stops the tape and is like, 'Izzo, I want you to call your folks tonight, and you tell them you made this football team. So I've got two guys, and I'm looking for 51 more.' So that is when I knew that I had made the NFL."


Izzo: What to watch for on kickoffs

Don't run for the nachos or that 15th Buffalo wing on kicks and punts, says Patriots special teams ace Larry Izzo.

It's the best part of the game, says the Pats captain. Here's what he says to watch for in tomorrow night's Super showdown:

"There's going to be some big hits whenever special teams plays come up. Players are flying around at a high rate of speed. It's organized chaos. And things are going to be even faster in a game like this."

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