Dan Koppen uses Tom Brady to inspire BC football to new heights

Mike Petraglia
August 11, 2016 - 10:29 am

CHESTNUT HILL -- As the Boston College Eagles open training camp of their own for the 2016 season, they had a special guest Tuesday night speaking to them to inspire them for the upcoming season. Dan Koppen, Class of '02 and starting center for the Patriots in three Super Bowls, spoke to the Eagles about his experience at Boston College, playing for the Patriots and getting the privilege to snap the ball to Tom Brady. "Dan Koppen came and spoke to our team the other night, which was phenomenal, and he spoke about Tom Brady," Eagles coach Steve Addazio said at BC media day after Thursday's practice. He talked about how he's unbelievable. He runs the whole thing [offense]. He's on everybody, on their effort, on everything. Here's a [17-year] veteran. It's amazing but not really, right, because that's why they're the best franchise in football. But they've got that guy, who's phenomenal, and Dan talked about that. "Dan was saying, 'You want to play for him. He brought everything up around him.' Pretty cool, really pretty cool. Like Dan said, 'We fought for him, to protect him,' because he worked harder than anybody in that organization so you had such great [respect]. It's really cool to hear all this. It's what you know but it reinforces what you think." Addazio wasn't the only one throwing around superlatives Thursday. BC offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Scot Loeffler was impressed with Koppen's words, and then added, "We all know what Tom is. He's a rock star. He's the best to ever play the game." Loeffler and Brady remain close to this day. Brady was in Loeffler's wedding and played with Brady and Brian Griese at Michigan.