Pats rookie made gains in lost season

Tyrone McKenzie's resilience, determination impressed Belichick from the start

Updated: February 24, 2010, 4:27 PM ET
By Mike Reiss | ESPNBoston.com

BOSTON -- His rookie NFL season didn't turn out the way he hoped, but Tyrone McKenzie has focused on turning a difficult situation into a positive. Based on his life story, one would have expected nothing less.

McKenzie was selected by the New England Patriots in the third round of the 2009 draft (97th overall), and the team had high hopes for him at inside linebacker, yet those hopes were put on hold for a year when he tore his ACL in rookie minicamp May 2.

McKenzie's road to recovery ...

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