Rookies Tony Garcia, Conor McDermott, Derek Rivers and Deatrich Wise all stand at more than 6 feet 4 inches tall, but when they passed a young patient in a stroller between rooms at Boston Children’s Hospital on Monday morning, they didn’t hesitate to get down to her level, sitting on the floor of the hospital hallway for an impromptu play time.
The rookies gave her a new book, Patriots gear and, as she nodded her approval, helped decorate a football with stickers. With the simple gesture, Tony, Conor, Derek and Deatrich fully immersed themselves in an important facet of their new organization: community.
Monday’s annual rookie hospital visit with the New England Patriots Charitable Foundation is traditionally the first chance for the new Patriots to learn about the team’s commitment to the New England community, and the 2017 rookie class, from the start of the visit, went all in.
Austin Carr and Cody Hollister both brought acoustic guitars to play for patients and their teammates quickly jumped in to sing along with the music. Harvey Langi picked up a set of playing cards and dazzled kids with magic tricks. Andrew Jelks, David Jones and Max Rich even jumped into a game of “Heads Up” in Boston Children’s Hospital’s Seacrest Studios.
Deatrich said that while he used to volunteer and give back to the community in college, this first trip to Boston Children’s Hospital was special.
“Just look at the kids, seeing them smile, seeing how when we walked in the…
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