BenJarvus Green-Ellis was forced to turn the page quickly.
Just over a month after the Patriots lost a second Super Bowl to the New York Giants, Green-Ellis, then a free agent, signed with the Cincinnati Bengals for the 2012 season.
For the Law Firm, there was hardly any time to hang his head on the loss.
But as Rodney Harrison said about the previous loss to the Giants that ended the Patriots’ perfect 2007 season, it was a bitter pill to swallow.
“Once you lose, that sticks with you all the way until the next season,” Green-Ellis said.
“For me, unfortunately, we lost and I left for free agency so I had to put it behind me.
“All those things you think about flash in front of your eyes. When you lose, it’s very disturbing and you’re upset for a while.”
Like most players that made it to the big game and came up short, it always gets difficult when February rolls around and the highlights of past games start playing on a seemingly endless, inescapable loop.
“It never goes away,” Green-Ellis said. “Over time, the Super Bowl is played and it never goes away. You remember what you went through at the same time.
“Obviously the outcome is what it is but you always think about it.”
All the disappointment aside, the 2011 season was a trying one for the Patriots and one that will always have a special place in Green-Ellis’s heart.
Patriots owner Robert Kraft’s beloved wife, Myra, died of ovarian cancer in July of 2011.
“It was a trying year,” said Green-Ellis, who was heavily influenced by Myra and touched the “MHK’’ patch on his jersey every time he scored a touchdown that season.
“Mrs. Kraft had just died right before the season so it was a very special year to make it to the Super Bowl. It was a special season all around.”