|02.07.16 at 6:28 pm ET|
Tom Brady and Peyton Manning have been competing against one another for all 16 years Brady has been in the league, including most recently when Manning’s Broncos beat the Patriots, 20-18 in the AFC championship.
“I think there is always mixed emotions when you have people that you have competed with and competed against for so long,” Brady said. “In so many ways you have a mutual respect and admiration for one another. In other ways you’re very competitive about who wins and who loses.
“At the same time, if he wins I think it’s an incredible thing for him to be able to accomplish and I would be very happy for him as a friend. I would also be very jealous that he won a Super Bowl. There’s a lot of conflict internally. At the same time, you have to have appreciation because it’s so hard to do and I think I am a person that has always had great appreciation for the players who play the game and sacrifice so much, give up so much of their bodies and their families and their time commitments to play this sport that America loves.”
Brady was also asked about Manning and his potential retirement. The Patriots quarterback said it would be a nice way for him to go out with a win, but if he does want to return, Brady is ready to compete against him once again.
|02.07.16 at 6:16 pm ET|
Much has been made of Tom Brady attending the ceremony on the field prior to Super Bowl 50 when the NFL honors all the previous MVPs of the game when the quarterback still has the Deflategate case pending with the league.
It was announced Thursday Brady would attend the game and he showed up to the stadium about two hours before kickoff with his wife Gisele Bundchen.
The Patriots quarterback joined Jim Gray on Westwood One Radio prior to the ceremony and talked about what it means to be one of two players to win three MVP honors and to be on the field with all the other MVP winners.
“It’s hard to really put into words,” Brady told Gray. “I think more so it is a feeling that you get. It’s pretty tough to describe because I think for me I think about where I started and growing up 26 miles away from here in San Mateo and just realizing the journey of what it all means to get to this point.
“It’s really a celebration of the great teams that I have been apart of and for me I am really proud to represent all those teams that won these great championships. They are hard to win. Any number of guys could have won this award. Any number of years that we’ve won it. I stand up here representing all those other guys too.”
Brady also talked about how different it is for him to be watching the game in person, instead of playing. He said he’s got more of an appreciation for just how big of an event it is by being there in person.
“It’s a great day for our sport and I think to see, and being here in person, to see the pageantry of the game. It’s pretty cool, especially a spectator,” Brady said. “When you’re in the game you’re so focused. Playing in six of them you don’t always appreciate it — the scale and magnitude of it, but when you’re on the field on a day like this and look around at the spectacle, the event and all the different things that have happened over the course of the week it is pretty amazing to see how spectacular the event really is.
“I’ll look forward to a great game. I’ll look forward to it being over and everyone looking forward to the 2016 season.”
|02.07.16 at 4:43 pm ET|
— Mike Petraglia (@Trags) February 7, 2016
SANTA CLARA, Calif. — Tom Brady is in the building.
After nearly two weeks of speculation and a confirmation late in the week from Patriots owner Robert Kraft, the Patriots quarterback arrived at Levi’s Stadium for the on-field ceremony to pay tribute to the 43 previous Super Bowl MVP winners just about two hours before kickoff.
He was accompanied by wife Gisele.
— Joe Giza (@JoeGiza) February 7, 2016
|02.07.16 at 3:56 pm ET|
The forecast is calling for a game-time temperature of 73 degrees and bright sunshine for the 3:30 PT kickoff off. There is no chance of precipitation during the game in the open-air stadium and heat could be a factor early on as Levi’s Stadium is much like Miami’s SunLife Stadium and the Panthers’ home of Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte. There is no canopy covering any part of the stadium.
Both teams are relatively healthy coming in, with the biggest injury concern being the broken right forearm of Panthers linebacker Thomas Davis. He had surgery to fix the forearm in the bye week before the Super Bowl and assured reporters during the week that he’ll be ready to go and start in the game.
The Panthers are appearing in their second Super Bowl in franchise history, losing 32-29 to the Patriots in Super Bowl XXXVIII in Houston. The Broncos have matched the Patriots, Steelers and Cowboys with their eighth Super Bowl appearance. But they have the worst record of the four coming in. The Broncos, fresh from their 43-8 rout at the hands of the Seahawks two years ago at MetLife Stadium in Super Bowl XLVIII, are just 2-5 in their previous seven appearances.
They have been beaten by double digits in all five of their losses, falling 27-10 to the Cowboys in Super Bowl XII, 39-20 to the Giants in Super Bowl XXI, 42-10 to the Redskins in Super Bowl XXII, 55-10 to the 49ers in Super Bowl XXIV and 43-8 two years ago.
The highlight of the game for Patriots fans figures to be the appearance of Tom Brady, who will be on the field for the NFL ceremony to honor all 43 Super Bowl MVPs. Brady and childhood hero Joe Montana are the only ones with three MVP awards in the game. Terry Bradshaw and Eli Manning have two apiece.
|02.07.16 at 2:34 pm ET|
Andrew Luck missed nine games this past season with a shoulder injury according to the team’s injury report, but it was reported he had more than just a shoulder injury, including broken ribs, which was reported by multiple media outlets.
This was never listed on the injury report and the NFL said they were looking into the matter.
Well after an apparent investigation, the NFL didn’t find any wrongdoing as according to NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport no violation was found.
Luck played in seven games during the year and threw for 1,881 yards, 15 touchdowns and 12 interceptions. The Colts as a team failed to make the playoffs after some picked them to win the Super Bowl.
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|02.07.16 at 1:08 pm ET|
Sunday, the link between the pair surfaced once again.
Speaking on Herald Radio, Trump expressed confidence that Brady would indeed endorse him for president, relaying that he just talked to the Patriots quarterback Saturday.
“I spoke to him yesterday. I’m sure he would if I asked him,” Trump said of Brady.
And then when asked by Chris Villani if he would ask the Patriots’ quarterback to endorse him, Trump said, “I may, I may. I haven’t thought it of it. It would be something I would certainly consider. In his own way he has. You saw what he did with his hat. He put the hat on his locker, the ‘Make America Great Again’ red hat. It sits in the middle of his locker on top. Tom is a great guy. A great quarterback and a great guy.”
While Brady has made it clear he is friendly with Trump, displaying the aforementioned hat in the QB’s locker during the 2015 season, he previously stopped short of flat-out handing out an endorsement.
“Can I just stay out of this debate?’ Brady said when appearing on Dennis, Callahan & Minihane during one of his weekly appearances on WEEI, in mid-December. “Donald is a good friend of mine. I have known him for a long time. I support all my friends. That is what I have to say. He’s a good friend of mine. He’s always been so supportive of me. For the last 15 years, since I judged a beauty pageant for him, which was one of the very first things that I did that I thought was really cool that came along with winning the Super Bowl. He’s always invited me to play golf and I’ve always enjoyed his company. I support all my friends in everything they do. I think it’s pretty remarkable what he’s achieved in his life. You’re going from business, kind of an incredible businessman and then a TV star, and then getting into politics. It’s three different career paths. I think that is pretty remarkable.”
— Chris Villani (@ChrisVillani44) February 7, 2016
|02.07.16 at 12:10 pm ET|
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