If Vince Wilfork is the biggest and baddest the Patriots defense has to offer, guard Logan Mankins is certainly his offensive counterpart. Mankins is an All-Pro player, but it is not just his ability that makes him a nice guy to have around.
Mankins’ teammates know if a fight is ever to break out, or if the game gets chippy, he is a guy you want fighting for your side. He has done some dirty things on the field in his day, yes, but generally he balances on the line between tough and cheap.
Mankins is as tough a player there is in the National Football League today and he has made New England faithful forgive Bill Belichick for using a first-round selection on a position that is generally an afterthought to your average fan.
Mankins is a hard-nosed player the Patriots are glad joins them in Foxboro for work every week after he picks up his lunch pail. As Tom Brady once put it in an interview with WEEI Radio in Boston,
“He’s a John Hannah-type player. He’s just mean, he’s tough, he sets the tone for that group.”