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What They Were Thinking

What They Were Thinking: Rowing with a Patriot

Stan Grossfeld/Globe Staff

Every Sunday, Boston Globe photographer Stan Grossfeld asks the subject of one of his photos to explain what's happening in the shot.

Who’s up today: Patriots tackle Nate Solder high-fives Robert Martinez, 12, after rowing as a team at Community Boating, Brighton, Oct. 2, 2012. The visit was part of the Patriots’ Celebrate Volunteerism initiative:

Solder: “When I was doing the rowing, I was thinking, ‘Wow, I’m not good at this. I don’t know what I’m doing and I hope it ends soon.’ I’ve never done one of those before. It’s a whole different set of muscles. This is pulling, and we push a lot. It’s cardiovascular, so I think it would be good for football. I’m ready to try [the Charles River], I’m not afraid. I never did rowing, but I wish I would have, because it was a lot of fun. Yeah, I’m sore — we just played the game and everything — but it’s good I was here to support the group. They didn’t make me do this. I wanted to be here. Every cause is a good cause. The reason I like to be active is that I am privileged and had a lot given to me, and so I feel like I’m required to give a lot back. [The kids] just love it. Sometimes they are a little shy and nervous around us, but then they get back and you hear their families, they just talk about it all night long. So, I think it makes a big impact in the long run. We came here to row, which was fun, but we’re also here to celebrate deserving volunteers.”

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Martinez: “It was cool. I was thinking, he’s big, very big. I never touched a Patriots player before. This was my first time touching a Patriots player’s hand. I felt nervous because I was trying my hardest to be as good as him. I gave it my best. It’s difficult to do it. I want to be a baseball player, but I like football, too. I’ve got a good spin move. I think I could protect [Tom] Brady.”

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