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Looking stylish in his white coat and black slacks, New England Patriots receiver and Albany native Deion Branch, left, talks to QB Tom Brady as they deplane at the Indianapolis International Airport on Monday for Super Bowl XLVI on Sunday against the New York Giants. Brady and Branch have formed quite the bond over the years, and Brady was devastated when his good friend was traded to the Seattle Seahawks one season after catching a Super Bowl-tying record 11 of Brady’s 23 total passes in the Patriots’ 24-21 win against the Eagles. As a result of that monster game, Branch was named the 2005 MVP, becoming the first — and still the only — Albany native to both win a Super Bowl ring and the MVP honor.

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Branch: I want wins and rings — not attention

Seven years removed from his MVP performance in the 2005 Super Bowl with New England, Albany native Deion Branch is no longer the No. 1 receiver for the Patriots, and that’s just fine by Branch if opposing teams want to overlook him — because that’s exactly when the savvy 10-year vet will make them sorry they ever did.


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