AMENDOLA THE EMERGING PLAYER

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The Patriots’ relations to Texas are plentiful. Guys were born there, played college football there, watched Friday Night Lights, etc.

As Martellus Bennett put it this week, In Texas, if you don’t play football you are a weirdo.

Bennett grew up in Houston, where the Pats will play Super Bowl LI, before playing college ball at Texas A&M. A number of other players ranging from Marcus Cannon to Elandon Roberts either grew up in or played college football in Texas.

Among them is Danny Amendola, who grew up in The Woodlands, a suburb of Houston before traveling north to Texas Tech for college.

Amendola played in his first Super Bowl two years ago in Phoenix, catching a touchdown pass during the Patriots’ fourth-quarter comeback en route to a 28-24 win over the Seahawks in Super Bowl XLIX. As he prepares for his second Super Bowl, the location adds to the excitement.

It does, Amendola said Sunday. Born and raised in Houston and played a lot of football in Houston. It will be special to play another game there.

Amendola said that friends and family have been respectful with their ticket requests.

I’ve got a lot of good friends that don’t bug me, he said. I have a lot of people coming, so it’s exciting.

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