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Patriots pledge 25k to Newtown

The New England Patriots will donate $25,000 to Newtown, Conn., and the families affected by last Friday’s tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

The Patriots also wore decals on their helmets Sunday night against the 49ers to commemorate the victims.

Patriots owner Bob Kraft reportedly owns a box company less than a mile from the elementary school.

“To me, the adults who lost their children in this are so important, the future of the school and how it moves forward is important, the town is important,” Kraft told NFL.com on Sunday morning. “It’s not for us to make the decision on what to do with the money. But we’re gonna help.”

Patriot protégé

After being a whipping boy for critics early in the season, Nate Solder has settled into his spot as left tackle for the Patriots.

Matt Light, who manned the same position for the last 11 years before he retired following the Super Bowl loss to the Giants, was very complimentary of his successor protecting Tom Brady’s blind side.

The comical Light also took a little credit for the second-year man’s success.

“Well, he did have a great mentor that went out of his way to help him out,” Light joked. “So he got some good advice.”

Mock arrogance aside, Light said he was impressed with Solder’s progression.

“You could see last year he was special,” said Light. “He is extremely athletic and has a great attitude.”

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