NEWARK, N.J. -- New Jersey Devils goaltender Cory Schneider was wearing an extra piece of gear when he met the media on Monday - a New England Patriots cap.
Schneider, a lifelong Patriots fan who was born and raised in Marblehead, Massachusetts, was still basking in New England's historic comeback victory against the Atlanta Falcons in Super Bowl LI on Sunday.
"In Bill we trust," Schneider said, referring to Patriots coach Bill Belichick, whose team rallied from 25 points down to win 34-28 in overtime at NRG Stadium in Houston.
But Schneider admitted things didn't look good for his team in the third quarter, when it trailed 28-3.
Video: Cory Schneider speaks about Patriots comeback win
"We were at Andy Greene's house and were ready to leave in the third quarter since we had our little guy (16-month old Wyatt) there so we figured let's get out of here," Schneider said. "The guys get a kick out of watching me when I'm watching the Patriots because I get quiet and then loud, then quiet again and I'm so nervous. They enjoyed watching me squirm more than giving me a hard time."
Schneider said once the Patriots pulled to within 28-20 everyone sensed the Patriots were going to come back.
"When they won the coin toss for overtime, you were like 'This might be over pretty quickly,'" Schneider said. "I'm glad it was because I don't know how much more I could have taken."
What did Schneider take away from the win, the Patriots' fifth in the Super Bowl with Belichick as coach and Tom Brady at quarterback?
"You have to have great leadership and guys who can take over and make those things happen," he said. "Tom Brady is a guy like that, so it just reminds you as a player that if you want to be one of those guys who make a difference, that's what it takes.
"From an athlete's perspective, it was pretty remarkable to watch. Whether you love him or hate him, you watch a guy like Brady and have to respect the fact he knows what it takes to win."