Perfection? These Pats have been there before

Updated: February 1, 2008, 7:13 PM ET
By Elizabeth Merrill | ESPN.com

PHOENIX -- The night before his team became perfect, Russ Hochstein sat in a hotel room and played Sheep's Head. Playing cards is what they do in small towns to pass the time. Two cards in the middle, pass, ante up. In 24 hours, his Nebraska football team would finish a 13-0 season. Hochstein had no idea if he should be nervous. He was young and na´ve, and hadn't seen much of the world outside his farm in Hartington, Neb.

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