INDIANAPOLIS -- One of the nice parts about the NFL combine for a reporter is that you never know who you might run into next.
A good example of this came Thursday morning as the ESPNBoston.com coverage team made its way from the hotel to the media center, and spotted someone doing a snow angel. Turns out it was former Patriots long snapper Lonie Paxton.
Well, that's not exactly the way it unfolded (everything but the snow angel), but it was great to bump into Paxton nonetheless.
While he hasn't officially filed his retirement papers as a player, he's essentially retired and working as the Mass Sports Marketing Manager for GoPro, which calls itself the "world's most versatile camera."
Paxton is here at the combine to introduce the product to coaches, personnel men and other team staffers, touting the benefits of it from a football perspective. He is wearing his Patriots championship ring from Super Bowl XXXVIII (no marketing needed for that) and is set up in the hallway that many coaches and scouts walk through en route to Lucas Oil Stadium.
Paxton, who is living in Denver following his days with the Broncos, said that he still keeps in touch with several of his former New England teammates, such as Tedy Bruschi, Rodney Harrison, Tom Brady and Dan Koppen, among others.
The topic of players transitioning to their post-playing career is a hot-button one, and Paxton -- the proud father of twins born last year -- seems to be doing well.