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When Deion Branch held out for a bigger contract in 2006 — one year removed from his Super Bowl MVP season with the Patriots — he was shipped off to Seattle. But four years later, Branch — who says the negotiations hurt his relationship with the front office, but didn’t damage it beyond repair — was brought back in a trade with the Seahawks, then welcomed back with open arms. Literally. Teammates in the locker room greeted him with hugs when he finally returned.

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SUPER BOWL XLVI: 'Everybody' loves Deion

Josh Weinfuss, The Albany Herald’s Super Bowl correspondent this week in Indianapolis, catches up with former Monroe star Deion Branch’s teammates during Media Day to find out what exactly the 10-year veteran means to this year’s New England team — and the verdict is unanimous: He’s as beloved as he is respected.


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