Sam’s answer was music to the coach’s ears. When asked to name his favorite Patriots player, the high school junior said he did not have one. It takes every member of a team to succeed, he said.
On the practice field at Gillette Stadium, the entire Patriots team strode toward their visitor, led by coach Bill Belichick, who was grinning from ear to ear. It takes a special person to get the Patriots’ legendarily tight-lipped coach to smile like that. Foxborough’s Sam Berns is a very special person.