What’s this New England Patriot alum doing at a virtualization tech event?

Some user group meetings are about cloud technology. Some cover meaty topics like cybersecurity and the hyperconverged infrastructure. Then there is the Virtualization Technology User Group’s January gathering where speakers talk about all of the above and one other subject — the New England Patriots.

Held in the Patriot’s home — Gillette Stadium — VTUG offered attendees an opportunity to hear about the latest virtualization trends and rub broad shoulders with former Patriots players. One former National Football League lineman remembered what it was like to play for a team that has won multiple championships over the better part of the past two decades.

“It’s been unbelievable to see what those guys have accomplished,” said Logan Mankins (pictured), former offensive lineman who played nine seasons for the Patriots. “It all starts at the top. You have a good owner, the best coach ever, and the best quarterback ever.”

Mankins paid a visit to the set of theCUBE, SiliconANGLE Media’s mobile livestreaming studio, during the VTUG Winter Warmer event in Foxborough, Massachusetts, and spoke with host Stu Miniman (@stu). They discussed Mankins’ career, his experience with the Patriots and player concerns surrounding concussions.

Mankins earned numerous honors during his 11-year pro football career, including being named to the Pro Bowl seven times. He joined the Patriots after being selected in the 2005 draft, following back-to-back Super Bowl wins by his new employer. Ironically, he was traded in 2014 before the Patriots would claim the title again.

Using tech for head health

As an offensive guard, Mankins had what may well have been the most important job in all of sports: protecting future Hall of Fame quarterback Tom Brady. “You know he’s always prepared; you never have