It's not often Dan Connolly makes the news, which is obviously a good thing after he moved into center last year after Dan Koppen's injury.
The New England Patriot's highlight reel, in fact, may consist of just one thing: his kick-return touchdown that almost was. Remember way back in 2010 when Connolly returned a Green Bay Packers' kick off for 71-yards, tackled just 4 yards shy of the end zone? Here's a look, just in case you forgot or missed it.
Anyway, back to why it may be the only highlight on the reel…it's never a good thing when your favorite team's center is consistently in the news; it typically means he's not doing something right.
In 2011, Connolly stepped into a new position, and the Patriots offense, led by captain Tom Brady, didn't miss a step. For that, and several other reasons, Pro Football Weekly named him the No. 2 most underrated player in the NFL.
"He stepped in at guard in 2010 and did a very good job, and last season, he was outstanding for the Patriots," Nolan Nawrocki says. "You look at their history of centers — Dan Koppen, Damien Woody — they've always had centers that are very quick and very good in pass protection. He definitely fit the bill. He played as well as anyone last season and I consider him an elite player at that position. I think he's very under the radar around the league in terms of recognition."
Here's PFW's Connolly clip:
Be sure to check out other great articles at Sports Media 101.