In the NFL Players Association’s “Player Team Report Cards” survey, the New England Patriots were one of the teams that got low marks. But if you ask David Andrews, who played center for the Patriots for a long time, those grades don’t show what it was like to be in Foxboro. T
Players from all 32 teams rated their own organization in eight non-sports areas: how they treat their families, nutrition, the weight room, the people who work there, the training room, the people who work there, and travel. Overall, the Patriots were ranked 24th out of 32 teams. They got low marks for how they treated their families (C-), their training room (C-), team travel (D+), and their weight room (D).
Andrews doesn’t think all of those low grades are fair.
“Any survey can be skewed,” Andrews said at a Red Across America campaign on Thursday in Everett, Massachusetts, according to Karen Guregian of the Boston Herald. “Some of the people who filled out the survey may have only played for New England. Others may have played for one other team or ten. There are guys who have families and guys who don’t, so it doesn’t matter.
“Personally, I think… I’ve really enjoyed being here. I think that everything in that building is made to help us succeed and win.”
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The seven-year veteran also didn’t agree with the part of the NFLPA report card that made Robert Kraft’s team look bad. It said, “It’s understandable that only 64% of players think club owner Robert Kraft is willing to spend the money needed for upgrades, which puts him 26th in this category.”
“I think Mr. Kraft works very hard. “I think his main goal is to win, or at least to try to win,” Andrews said. “Like the coaches, he is doing everything he can to help us win. I’ve been treated well by the Kraft family. I will always respect and appreciate what they have done.”
Andrews then praised everyone on the Patriots’ staff, including the training staff, who got a “A.” He agreed that some of the survey’s claims, like that the Patriots don’t have a family room and that the weight room is old, were true.
“I can understand some of the problems with the weight room and family room,” he said, according to Guregian. “But if you’ve only been to a few teams or just one team, you might not know what it’s like elsewhere.” “But the grass on the other side isn’t always greener.”