The Patriots watched Clint Eastwood's American Sniper as a team, and they came away quite inspired.

"Any time you get to watch those Navy Seals, people that serve our country, and you see it in depth and you see what those guys go through, it puts life in a perspective that we're just playing a game," receiver Julian Edelman said during Super Bowl media day. "You have nothing but the utmost respect for those people."

Running back Shane Vereen, kicker Stephen Gostkowski, and receivers Josh Boyce and Danny Amendola were among others who gave the film, starring Bradley Cooper, a rave review. American Sniper has earned six Oscar nominations, including Best Picture.

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