Some northern help

ROB LONGLEY -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 4:00 PM ET

PHOENIX -- Tom Brady is counting on a little help from Canada as the New England Patriots attempt to finish off their bid for history in Super Bowl XLII this Sunday.

Speaking at the annual Super Bowl media day on the field at sparkling University of Phoenix Stadium today, Brady said Brantford native Nick Kaczur will need to have the game of his career against the New York Giants.

The reason?

Kaczur, the right tackle on the Patriots offensive line, is lining up against future hall of famer Michael Strahan of the New York defence.

"I'm confident in all the guys on my offensive line and it's going to be good to have Nick back," Brady said, referring to Kaczur sitting out the final game of the regular season against the Giants when Strahan and the New York pass rush gave him fits.

"It's going to be a challenge facing Michael Strahan. Nick's got his work cut out for him for sure. I'm going to have to make sure he gets his sleep this week."

For his part, mild-mannered Kaczur isn't worried even though Strahan has been on a tear the past few weeks. He says he's played against big-name players before and is up for the challenge.

"I've gone against guys like Dwight Freeney and Jason Taylor so it's not like I haven‚t done it before," said Kaczur, a former first-round pick of the CFL's Toronto Argonauts. "It's a challenge for sure but I'm up for it."

Kaczur, now in his third year with the Patriots, is making his first trip to the Super Bowl and is the only Canadian-born player in this year's game.


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