|02.07.17 at 8:52 pm ET|
Running back James White, who scored three touchdowns in Sunday’s Super Bowl win, told SiriusXM NFL Radio on Tuesday that he hasn’t made a decision on whether or not he’ll go to the White House.
“I’ll just wait [until] the time comes around and decide then,” said White, two days after he played a sizable role in New England 34-28 overtime victory over the Falcons to give the Patriots their fifth Super Brown title.
White’s teammates Martellus Bennett and Devin McCourty have both said they won’t go to the White House.
White added that despite Tom Brady saying that the running back was worthy of being named Super Bowl MVP, he has no problem with Brady taking home that honor.
“I’m really appreciative, but he’s well deserving of that MVP trophy,” White said. “We wouldn’t have been in that position without him. I wouldn’t have caught the pass that I did without him. He’s definitely more deserving than me. He led our team to victory.”
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|02.07.17 at 7:49 pm ET|
In the Tuesday night edition of “Inside the NFL” on Showtime, analyst Phil Simms said that Super Bowl LI was one of the finest moments of Bill Belichick’s coaching career.
“Bill Belichick coached one of the best games of his career,” said Simms of the New England coach’s performance on Sunday.
“Let’s be honest — they needed a lot of breaks to win the game, and they got them,” Simms added. “But they created them, so you have to give them credit there. … Bill Belichick said, ‘Oh, we made no adjustments in halftime,” and I’m not going to call him a liar, but I’m just saying they played differently in the second half, especially on the defensive side.”
Brandon Marshall had a simple explanation for what happened down the stretch.
“Everyone thought the game was over,” he said. “The only reason you give a disclaimer was because they have Tom Brady and Bill Belichick, but mainly Tom Brady. He’s on the field. I didn’t believe until Matt Ryan got sacked and then, they got the holding call. That’s when I said, ‘Okay, it’s Tom Brady time.’”
“I thought after Super Bowl XLIX, Tom Brady was the greatest quarterback of all time,” said Boomer Esiason. “Everything he has done since then — especially under the cloud of the suspension of Deflategate — just continues to add to his legacy. And this legacy will never be topped by anybody because it’s 32 teams. It’s free agency. And it’s salary cap.”
“Tom Brady threw the ball incredible in the fourth quarter, incredible,” Simms said. “He threw tight, deep throws down the sidelines, right on the target. The guys were covered. This is a Tom Brady throwing the ball that we didn’t see four or five years ago.”
Analysts also let the Falcons have it.
“They lost the game because of play calling and execution of a few plays,” said Michael Irvin. “They gave New England the opportunity to come back.”
“I expected Atlanta’s defense to be a little bit more creative,” Simms added. “When you are just getting run over like they were with the hurry-up you have to take a chance. For no other reason than just to let them make the big play. Get your offense back up there. … In overtime, I was screaming from the stands, ‘Call a time out. Let your defense rest. Let it gather itself.’ Because you could see New England was marching in. I never see it, coaches never call timeout for their defense, but that would’ve been a great example to do it.”
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|02.07.17 at 6:40 pm ET|
Tom Brady wasn’t the only star of the family at the parade on Tuesday.
Brady’s middle son Benny danced on the duck boat, even dabbing like Cam Newton.
The quarterback posted a video of his son dancing to Instagram Tuesday night with the caption: Rain drop. Drop top. Benny dabbin on the boat with his Papa!
|02.07.17 at 6:27 pm ET|
Rob Gronkowski had himself a Tuesday.
After enjoying himself at the parade through Boston, Gronkowski was part of the group that went to Providence and the Dunkin Donuts Center for a rally there later in the afternoon.
Gronkowski took to the microphone and asked the crowd what they think of Roger Goodell and then before they could answer he booed himself.
— Scott Sullivan (@SullyBunz) February 7, 2017
|02.07.17 at 6:14 pm ET|
Rob Gronkowski took over the microphone at City Hall Plaza on Tuesday following the Patriots’ parade through Boston and in doing so claimed he would be on the field the next time the Patriots make the Super Bowl.
Gronkowski of course was placed on injured reserve in early December after needing back surgery.
“What’s up, Boston? Want to know something? When we get six, your boy right here is going to be part of six, baby,” Gronkowski said to the crowd. “This team worked so hard to be where they’re at. I love these guys so much.
“I know I wasn’t part of playing in the game, but, please, I love being a part of this team, and this is just so amazing.”
Before reaching City Hall, it appeared the tight end enjoyed himself along the parade route.
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|02.07.17 at 5:59 pm ET|
Bill Belichick said Monday that the Patriots were already behind the rest of the league when it came to the offseason work schedule, and to that end, they announced Tuesday they have signed eight players from the 2016 practice squad to future contracts. In addition, the Patriots also signed tight end Rob Housler to a future contract.
Offensive linemen Chris Barker, Jamil Douglas and Chase Farris; defensive linemen Woodrow Hamilton and Darius Kilgo; linebacker Trevor Bates, running back Tyler Gaffney and wide receiver Devin Lucien were all signed in what amounted to procedural moves.
As for Housler, he’s a 28-year-old veteran of five NFL seasons with Arizona (2011-14), Cleveland (2015) and Chicago (2015). A 6-foot-5, 250-pounder, he originally entered the NFL as a third-round draft pick (69th overall) of the Cardinals out of Florida Atlantic in the 2011 NFL Draft. Housler has played in 65 NFL games with 27 starts and has 109 receptions for 1,166 yards with one touchdown.
|02.07.17 at 5:54 pm ET|
After defeating the Falcons in Super Bowl LI, the Patriots had a postgame party at NRG Stadium with many family, friends and invited guests in attendance.
According to Danny Amendola on Jimmy Kimmel Live Monday night, commissioner Roger Goodell was invited, but didn’t show up.
“Roger Goodell, the commissioner, did he come to the party? Was he invited to the party?” Kimmell asked.
“I think we invited him,” Amendola said.
Added Amendola: “I don’t know that he came, though. I was with Snoop, so…”
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