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Robert Kraft is ‘celebrating volunteerism’ and not talking Tom Brady amicus filing

06.02.16 at 2:16 pm ET
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FOXBORO –  Robert Kraft is letting his amicus brief filing speak for itself.

Asked about his filing last week to support Tom Brady in the Deflategate saga, Kraft said he would prefer keeping the focus on the Myra Kraft Community MVP awards, which were handed out Thursday at Gillette Stadium.

“I appreciate you asking that question, and I respect it, but today we’re celebrating volunteerism,” Kraft told reporters gathered in the Putnam Club. “We always hold this right before the start of the season. We’re excited football is back, seeing these guys work out. I’m going to try to keep all of our discussions today on a high plane in the spirit of what this day is about.”

The New England Patriots Charitable Foundation handed out awards to one-grand prize winner, 10 second-prize winners and 15 third-prize winners “who exemplify leadership, dedication and a commitment to improving their communities through volunteerism.”

The grand-prize winner received $25,000 to go toward the non-profit organization for which he volunteers, the second-prize winners received $10,000 and the third-prize winners received $5,000.

Kraft posed with Brady and tight end Rob Gronkowski and all the winners after the luncheon and ceremony.

Last week, Kraft and the Patriots filed the amicus brief in support of their quarterback and the NFL Players Association against the NFL.

Asked if he believes everything will eventually work out and be OK for Brady and the team, Kraft answered with a hopeful tone.

“Things working out to me means we make the playoffs,” Kraft said. “And then hopefully we take the next step to do what we all would like to see happen here. I think we have a great — when you go through the locker room, you get a feel of what’s going on. I think the new people that have come in are pretty special. There’s a great chemistry in the locker room. People have worked very hard in the offseason training program. We’re very excited to have football back. I can’t wait for the season to start.”

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Poll: Which AFC East team has best chance at challenging Patriots in 2016?

06.02.16 at 10:55 am ET
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IIWII Cast: Chris Price, Mike Petraglia talk Malcolm Butler, Tom Brady and Roger Goodell

06.01.16 at 9:19 pm ET
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In the latest It Is What It Is podcast, Chris Price checks in with colleague Mike Petraglia on the state of the Patriots halfway through the offseason, Deflategate, whether Tom Brady will beat the rap, and whether or not Malcolm Butler is going to get paid. The guys also discuss what makes a good commissioner.

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Tom Brady an influence in Aaron Rodgers changing his diet

06.01.16 at 5:07 pm ET
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Aaron Rodgers

Aaron Rodgers

As Tom Brady has gotten older, most people have expected his production to begin to decline. Brady, however, has defied logic with his exceptional play in the latter years of his career. Ask the 38-year-old Brady why he has been able to play at such a high level and he will tell you a large part of it has to do with the way he eats. And Brady’s success has caught the eye of other elite NFL quarterbacks.

Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers mentioned Brady when he discussed how he has improved his diet this offseason.

“To be honest, Tom Brady is an influence there because of the stuff he talks about, and how healthy he is,” Rodgers told ESPN.com.

Brady has started 223 games in his career, the most among active NFL players. Since 2008, when Brady tore his ACL in the first game of the season, he has started all 16 games for the Patriots.

According to the story, Rodgers and Brady have become friends and Rodgers is following in his buddy’s footsteps in terms of nutrition with hopes of playing six to eight more seasons.

“Everybody eats a little differently,” said the 32-year-old Rodgers. “But the more where you are aware of what you put in your body and how it affects your performance, the better opportunities you have. And that’s what I’m trying to do.”

In an interview with Dennis & Callahan with Minihane last October Brady discussed his displeasure with the way Americans eat.

“They have a food pyramid. I disagree with that. I disagree with a lot of things that people tell you to do,” Brady said. “You’ll probably go out and drink Coca-Cola and think, ‘Oh yeah, that’s no problem.’ Why? Because they pay lots of money for advertisements to think that you should drink Coca-Cola for a living? No, I totally disagree with that. And when people do that, I think that’s quackery. And the fact that they can sell that to kids? I mean, that’s poison for kids. But they keep doing it.”

Brady recently released a nutrition manual that sold out in just a week. It sounds like Rodgers was one of the lucky ones to get his hands on a copy.

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Tom Brady ranked No. 52 in ESPN’s World Fame top 100 rankings, behind Cam Newton, Peyton Manning

06.01.16 at 2:05 pm ET
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Tom Brady

Tom Brady

Who is the most famous athlete in the world?

ESPN’s director of sports analytics Ben Alamar came up with a formula that combines salary and endorsements with social media following and Google search popularity to create the ESPN World Fame 100 rankings.

The formula used salary and endorsement figures for athletes were for the 2015 or 2015-16 seasons and Facebook, Twitter and Instagram numbers were as of May 12, 2016. Google Trend scores, on a scale of 0 to 100, measure the relative popularity of players based on how often they are searched.

Three New England sports figures made the list: Tom Brady (No. 52), Rob Gronkowski (No. 72) and David Ortiz (No. 78). Brady’s ranking is quite surprising given those ranked ahead of him. Current NFL players ranked ahead of the quarterback are Cam Newton (No. 32), Peyton Manning (No. 38) and Drew Brees (No. 44).

The top five in order is: Cristiano Rinaldo, LeBron James, Lionel Messi, Neymar and Roger Federer.

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Minor league baseball team in Buffalo to host ‘Keep Brady Suspended’ night

06.01.16 at 1:02 pm ET
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The Buffalo Bisons are having a 'Keep Brady Suspended' night June 11. (Greg M. Cooper/USA Today Sports)

The Buffalo Bisons are having a ‘Keep Brady Suspended’ night June 11. (Greg M. Cooper/USA Today Sports)

On June 10 the PawSox will host ‘Free Brady Friday’. One night later, the rival Buffalo Bisons will respond with ‘Keep Brady Suspended’ night.

The Bisons are the Triple-A affiliate of the Blue Jays. The promotion includes: buy-one, get-one free tickets to anyone donating a properly inflated football to area youth programs, undestroyed cell phone for the “Cell Phones for Soldiers” charity, a 12.5 percent (the PSI level of a properly inflated football, in case you forgot) discount in the Bisons’ gift shop for anyone that brings a Tom Brady jersey/t-shirt, and scoreboard videos featuring “some of sports’ greatest cheaters,” with special video tribute to Patriots coach Bill Belichick.

Also, people with the name Tom or Brady won’t be able to watch the first four innings.

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Another amicus brief filed in support of Tom Brady with Deflategate case

06.01.16 at 12:51 pm ET
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There is more support for Tom Brady.

On Wednesday, the Scholars of Labor Law and Industrial Relations filed an amicus brief in support of Brady and the NFLPA against the NFL in the Deflategate case.

The brief was filed by 10 law school professors who support Brady. They are: Lee Adler, Kate Bronfenbrenner, Kenneth Dau-Schmidt, Elizabeth Ford, Richard Freeman, Julius Getman, Marcia McCormick, Michael Reich, Christopher Tilly and Andrew Zimbalist.

Zimbalist served as a consultant to the NFLPA in the litigation to obtain free agency rights.

One line from the brief states: This case presents a significant question regarding some of the most fundamental principals of our national labor law — whether parties are entitled to a fair arbitration process?

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