FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Isaac Sopoaga turned 32 years old nearly two months ago.
The massive defensive tackle received a belated birthday gift earlier this week, though.
The New England Patriots on Tuesday acquired Sopoaga in a trade with the Philadelphia Eagles, adding the veteran just before the trading deadline in an effort to bolster a depleted defense that's struggled recently against the run.
"Today is my daughter's fourth birthday, but I feel like yesterday and today is my birthday," said Sopoaga, a proven run stopper who started seven of the Eagles' first eight games. "The Patriots, you know, it's like a dream come true, to be honest. Respect these guys the last 10 years. They won (the Super Bowl) three times. It's just an awesome feeling."