By Matt Dolloff, 985TheSportsHub.com
If you’ve lived in New England for more than just a year or two, by now the bitter cold and relentless snow of winter have beaten and broken you. But if you’re like Patriots receiver Jakobi Meyers, there’s a chance you reacted to the snow with awe and wonder.
Meyers grew up in Lithonia, Ga. near Atlanta, in a state where it rarely snows more than a couple of inches. The all-time record for snowfall in Atlanta is 8.3 inches – in 1940. So it’s safe to say that Meyers never experienced anything like the foot-plus of snow dumped on much of the northeast on Wednesday and Thursday.
Unlike anyone conditioned to react to snowstorms with annoyance or shrugs, Meyers’ reaction was refreshingly enthusiastic.
“It was crazy,” Meyers said. “You know, I’ve never actually seen snow like that before. That was something I’d seen in a movie or, I don’t know, that was nothing I’ve ever experienced in my life. But I made it here safely and that’s all that’s important. Hopefully, everybody’s out here being safe, we’ve got COVID, we’ve got snowstorms.
“It’s been a rough couple of months, but I hope everybody’s doing well.”
Meyers also likened it to the excessive snow you’d see in a Christmas flick like Home Alone. He mentioned that Georgia has dealt with icy conditions before, but never the level of precipitation that hit the northeast this week. Which, for millions of us, was another Wednesday in December.
“We’re Ready To Go”
Fortunately, Meyers was able to make it through his snow commute unscathed and arrive to work for the Patriots, who moved practice indoors this week amid the cold and snowy conditions ahead of a game in sunny Miami. Bill Belichick didn’t have any stragglers as far as the snow travel, a far cry from the infamous kerfuffle with Adalius Thomas and others in 2009.
???? @adaliusthomas from December 10, 2009 after being sent home by Bill Belichick the day before for showing up late because of snow #Patriots #WBZ— Joe Giza (@JoeGiza) January 3, 2018
"It's not the Jetson's... can't jump up and just fly" pic.twitter.com/gnewDeZovQ
Belichick did say he accommodated the players to account for possibly not being perfect humans in the face of a violent nor’easter.
“Yeah, we moved things back a little bit just to help, I would say, with the process and have a little more daylight to work with,” Belichick said. “Yeah, we had a good, productive day and we’re ready to go.”
Based on what Meyers and others said, it sounds like Belichick has some good, smart professionals in his locker room anyway.
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