Kyle Van Noy tells Pat McAfee: "I'll always be a Patriot"

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Now a Charger, Kyle Van Noy still embraces identity with Patriots originally appeared on NBC Sports Boston

For the second time this offseason, Kyle Van Noy became a former member of the New England Patriots.

After departing via free agency following the 2019 season, Van Noy returned to New England after one year with the Miami Dolphins. The Patriots released him following a one-year reunion in 2021, setting the stage for the 31-year-old linebacker to join the Los Angeles Chargers earlier this week.

Despite the pair of exits, Van Noy doesn't sound like someone who harbors any ill will toward his former employers. Appearing on the Pat McAfee Show on Friday, Van Noy said he'll "always be a Patriot."

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"There's no denying that," Van Noy said. "But I'm definitely a Charger and I hope to be putting a Charger symbol right up to the Patriots because I want to be remembered as both."

Van Noy revived his career in New England following a trade from the Detroit Lions midway through the 2016 season, going on to appear in three straight Super Bowls -- with two wins -- for the Patriots.

A second round (40th overall) pick of the Lions in the 2014 NFL Draft, Van Noy had only one sack over 30 games with Detroit before recording 16.5 over his next 50 with New England through the end of the 2019 campaign.

Gone again, Van Noy hasn't forgotten his championship roots with the Patriots, and appears set to bring that same mindset to the Chargers.

"I think it's going to be a match made in heaven," Van Noy told McAfee. "I'm going to do everything I can to bring that championship pedigree to that team. That's something that is within me, and I'm a winner, and that's what I want to bring."