FOXBORO, Mass. -- Defensive end Willie McGinest, who went from starter to reserve in the regular season, and goat to hero in the Super Bowl, re-signed with the New England Patriots on Thursday.
Terms of the deal, in which McGinest agreed to an undisclosed lower salary, was reported by WEEI-AM. McGinest's agent, Gary Uberstine, did not return calls from The Associated Press seeking comment. A Patriots spokesman refused comment.
McGinest was the fourth player selected in the 1994 draft from Southern California. He made the Pro Bowl in 1996, but his performance was hampered this year by back problems and he played in 11 games, starting just five.
Early in the fourth quarter of the Super Bowl, with the Patriots leading 17-3, McGinest was called for holding running back Marshall Faulk, negating Tebucky Jones' 98-yard fumble recovery return for a touchdown. The Rams scored a touchdown two plays later.
But, with 4:32 left in the game, McGinest sacked Kurt Warner for a 16-yard loss that forced a punt. The Patriots won 20-17.