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FOXBORO, MASS. (WHDH) - New England Patriots officials gathered at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro on Friday to introduce new quarterback Drake Maye, one day after the Patriots drafted Maye third overall in this year’s NFL draft.

Maye, 21, played three seasons at the University of North Carolina. He now comes to New England after the departure of longtime head-coach Bill Belichick and quarterback Mac Jones, who was traded to Jacksonville in March.

“I can’t wait to play in here and get started,” Maye said after walking on to the field at Gillette with Patriots Owner Robert Kraft and Patriots President Jonathan Kraft.

“This is just such a special moment for me,” he continued. “Getting that call last night on the old phone, the old buzzer, was pretty sweet.”

Maye said he is glad to be coming to an organization in New England “that knows how to win.” Later asked by 7’s Jonathan Hall about his opinion on Patriots legend Tom Brady, Maye responded.

“He’s just the GOAT,” he said. “Any quarterback has got to be a Tom Brady fan.”

Maye said he will be honored to meet Brady, saying he hopes to “be a sponge” learning from from the future hall-of-famer at Brady’s upcoming Patriots Hall of Fame induction ceremony in June.

Maye also described new Patriots coach Jerod Mayo as “a player’s coach.”

“Every time I see coach Mayo, he’s been in a workout outfit, putting in work. He’s still getting it in,” Maye said. “So, I’m just excited to play for him.”

Maye said he looks forward to getting to work and showing his love of football to Patriots fans.

“I don’t do anything else besides winning,” he said. “And [I] hate loosing.”

Speaking Thursday night, Patriots Director of Scouting Eliot Wolf said the team chose Maye because he showed maturity throughout his college career.

In separate remarks, Mayo said he was impressed with Maye’s toughness.

“He would get smacked and just get right back up,” Mayo said.

Maye enters the NFL as part of an athletic family. His father played quarterback for North Carolina in the 1980s. One of his brothers, Luke, played basketball for the Tar Heels.

Though Luke now plays professionally in Japan, he made the trip back to the US to support his little brother, traveling 6,000 miles thanks to a special clause his agent negotiated which allowed him to miss playing time to attend the NFL draft.

Together in Detroit, Drake and his friends and family rented a gym the night before the draft and played some basketball.

Drake’s brothers and girlfriend were then in Foxboro with him on Friday for his introduction at Gillette.

The Patriots have seven remaining picks in this year’s draft, which will wrap up on Saturday.

The Patriots will open their regular season at home on Sept. 10.

This is a developing story; stay with 7NEWS on-air and online for the latest updates.

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