KAPOLEI, Hawaii — I hate Patriots G Logan Mankins. Just kidding, I have no grounds to, considering I barely met him this week. It’s more like I, and probably most of the players here, envy him.
Think about this for a second: Mankins held out for all of Patriots training camp because of a contract dispute, which spilled over well into the season (November, to be exact). He only played in nine games, and yet here he is at his third Pro Bowl, enjoying paradise with his family.
“Yeah, that was great,” Mankins said on Wednesday with a snicker. “Only had to play half the year; I still feel good.”
Well, now, isn’t that good news.
Peyton Manning definitely took note of this, telling a joke at last night’s players meeting about Mankins only working part-time but still being rewarded with this trip. Seriously, it must be nice to be you, Logan.
“However I got here, thanks to everyone,” Mankins said with a smile.
Go ahead. Rub it in.