Dont’a Hightower at home in Tennessee heat

Andy Hart
August 14, 2019 - 5:07 pm
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It’s debatable whether any football player truly enjoys training camp practices in the extreme heat of August. But Patriots linebacker Dont’a Hightower certainly seemed to be right at home in his native Tennessee for Wednesday’s joint practice action with the Titans.

Make no mistake, it was hot for the workouts in Nashville, hotter than it’s been for most if not all of New England’s other summer workouts.

“It feels good, man. Ain't no sunshine like Tennessee sunshine, but it felt good, man,” Hightower said after practice. “It was a little warmer than we're used to a little bit, but it's good for us, something we haven't gotten to see a lot of this year. It was good. I think guys wanted to come out and compete, both for us and the Titans as well.”

Though the conditions appeared to adversely affect some players, it also created a pretty competitive environment for the work between the two teams. Heat, competitive fire, it’s all part of the process of building toward the regular season.

“We definitely competed and that's one thing we want to do. We can fix mental mistakes and errors, but you can't fix effort, and that's something that we're very prideful about. A lot of guys came in and competed and ran around today,” Hightower declared.

There were a couple times when things got a little extra heated between the visitors and Titans, a team that beat New England 34-10 in Tennessee last season and has a number of former Patriots on the roster.

“When you've got a bunch of grown men out there, when you push a guy too many times, I'm sure something’s going to come up,” Hightower acknowledged. “But I think all in all, again, both sides just wanted to come out and play the way that they were capable of, and just to come out and compete against one another.”

Enjoying a few days of work back in his home state, Hightower admitted it probably would be accurate to say he missed the conditions that some of his teammates seemingly found a bit less desirable.

“I love everything about Tennessee, so I'd be lying if I said – I'm more of a heat guy than a cold guy,” Hightower said.

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