Branch ready for even bigger things in 2005

As the owner of a pair of Super Bowl rings, and the reigning most valuable player in the NFL's title game, New England Patriots wide receiver Deion Branch is on a pretty phat roll, as even he acknowledged the morning after his team claimed its latest championship.

"You do wonder," Branch conceded only a few sleepless hours after the Patriots defeated the Philadelphia Eagles in Super Bowl XXXIX, "just how much better it can get."

Those who have observed Branch over the last couple of years, particularly in his brilliant Super Bowl performances in consecutive seasons, wonder the very same thing about the three-year veteran wide receiver. Provided the former Louisville star and second-round draft choice can stay healthy for the entire schedule, after missing seven games with a knee injury last year, 2005 might be the season in which the question is answered.