BOSTON -- Patriots players Jerod Mayo, Leigh Bodden, Rob Gronkowski, Patrick Chung and Rob Ninkovich gave a lift to Children's Hospital Boston today, showing up for the 8th Annual Cares for Kids Radiothon. Their presence for the fund-raiser, which is broadcast on 104.1 FM, created a predictable buzz.
"This is great, to put a smile on kids' faces," said the 29-year-old-Bodden. "Every room you walked in, they are surprised, and they're happy for us to be there, and talk to them, and get to know them."
Bodden felt he made a personal connection with each of the patients he visited.
"There are a lot of March birthdays, so I'm thinking about maybe trying to send them a present," he said. "It was great to do something for kids who are less fortunate."
The fund-raiser has produced approximately $3.5 million for Children's Hospital Boston in its first seven years.
"Any time you can come put a smile on kids' faces, it's a great time," Mayo said. "I'm not even thinking about football right now."
While the players were here for the spirit of giving back to the community, most of the questions they were asked by reporters were on the NFL's labor situation. Their reactions to those questions will be shared in a bit.