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Donald Trump on D&C: Pal Tom Brady won’t endorse me ‘because I told him not to’

02.08.16 at 9:10 am ET
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Donald Trump said he doesn't want Tom Brady to risk losing sponsorships. (Glenn Russell/The Burlington Free Press via USA TODAY)

Donald Trump said he doesn’t want Tom Brady to endorse him and risk losing sponsorships. (Glenn Russell/The Burlington Free Press via USA TODAY)

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump took time out from campaigning in New Hampshire to join Dennis & Callahan with Minihane on Monday and discuss his relationship with Tom Brady and explain why he’s OK that the Patriots quarterback has not endorsed him. To hear the interview, go to the Dennis & Callahan audio on demand page.

Brady has long been friends with Trump and has made complimentary comments about him, but he has not officially endorsed him. Trump said he’s not disappointed that Brady has not taken the next step.

“No, because I told him not to,” Trump said. “He’s got sponsors, he’s got all of his different things that he has to do. And I told him not to.

“He couldn’t be nicer. There was an article in GQ, he said, ‘Trump’s the biggest winner, you can’t beat Trump’ and all that stuff. And I said, ‘Don’t do that, because you may have a sponsor that doesn’t like me.’ They may be liberal, they may be something. And I don’t want him to get involved in that stuff. It’s hard for athletes.

“Now, with that being said, I have had many athletes endorse me. Lots of different guys have endorsed me, which is great. But Tom’s in a very interesting position, and I said, ‘Tom, don’t do that.’ What he does is he says great stuff about me.

“I think he would do it if I asked him. I’ve never asked him to do it. But I think he’d do it if I asked him.”

Trump also is friends with Patriots bosses Robert and Jonathan Kraft, but he again said he will not push for an endorsement.

“I’ve never asked them,” Trump said. “I am friends, [but] I’ve never asked them for their support. If they want to support, they can support.

“You know, I find endorsements — and they are friends, and perhaps they have other friends that are running, too. If they want to support me they can. That’s up to them. I wouldn’t ask them. I never ask people for support. Like, Tom came out with beautiful statements about me the last couple of weeks in GQ. I never asked him to do that. It’s nice that he does it. But I don’t like to ask people for support. If they want to support me, they can support me.”

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Could Patriots end up traveling to Denver for 2016 opener?

02.08.16 at 9:07 am ET
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Rob Gronkowski and the Patriots could open the 2016 season in Denver against the defending champions. (Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)

Rob Gronkowski and the Patriots could open the 2016 season in Denver against the defending champions. (Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)

Now that the 2015 season is in the books, it’s time to start looking toward the 2016 campaign.

And given the fact that the defending champion always opens at home on the first Thursday night of the regular season — and the Patriots are slated to travel to Denver this season — it’s worth wondering whether or not New England will open 2016 in the same location where it closed 2015.

Considering the Broncos home slate for next year, there’s a real possibility we’re going to see New England-Denver on September 8 to open the season. In addition to their contest against the Patriots, the Broncos will have their usual divisional schedule that features games against the Chiefs, Chargers and Raiders. In addition, they’ll host the Panthers, Colts, Texans and Falcons.

While a Super Bowl rematch remains an intriguing possibility, from this perspective, a Patriots-Broncos showdown to open the season — even if Peyton Manning‘s possible retirement precludes us from seeing Brady-Manning XVIII — is the far more palatable option.

The ultimate decision will come down in April when the complete schedule is announced. But until then, we’ll be checking the cost of flights from Boston to Denver in early September.

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Report: Dante Scarnecchia in talks to return to Patriots

02.08.16 at 8:33 am ET
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Dante Scarnecchia could return to the Patriots. (Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

Dante Scarnecchia could return to the Patriots. (Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

Dante Scarnecchia is in talks to return to the Patriots as the offensive line coach, according to ESPN.

Scarnecchia, who retired as the offensive line coach following the 2013 season, is apparently so far along in the process of returning to the team that there’s reason to think there’s a “good chance he’ll be back in 2016,” according to Mike Reiss.

Scarnecchia spent 32 seasons in the NFL, including 30 with the Patriots, before he stepped away following the 2013 season. (He was replaced by Dave DeGuglielmo, who was fired following the AFC title game two weeks ago.) Scarnecchia did stay connected to the Patriots in a limited fashion over the last two years, primarily while working as a pre-draft talent evaluator.

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Mike Petraglia explains how Von Miller, defense gave Peyton Manning his 2nd Super Bowl title

02.08.16 at 2:52 am ET
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SANTA CLARA, Calif. —’s Mike Petraglia explains how Von Miller gave Peyton Manning his 2nd SB title. Miller strip-sacked NFL MVP Cam Newton twice Sunday in a 24-10 win over the favored Panthers in Super Bowl 50. Miller won the Super Bowl MVP honor with the performance as Newton was sacked six times on the day, helping to give Peyton Manning his second Super Bowl title.

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Aqib Talib slips when jumping onto NFL Network stage following Broncos Super Bowl win

02.08.16 at 12:24 am ET
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Denver cornerback Aqib Talib won his first Super Bowl as the Broncos beat the Panthers 24-10 in Super Bowl 50 and the usual animated Talib was especially fired up after the win — maybe even too fired up.

The former Patriots cornerback joined the NFL Network’s postgame show, which took place on a stage on the sideline of the field and Talib tried to jump on to the stage, but it didn’t go as planned as he slipped and fell down.

Fortunately for Talib he was OK and the interview went on.

To see Talib’s fall, see the GIF below.

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Von Miller leads Peyton Manning, Broncos to a Super Bowl 50 win

02.07.16 at 10:22 pm ET
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Broncos linebacker Von Miller (58) strips the ball from Panthers quarterback Cam Newton (1) in Super Bowl 50. It led to a Denver touchdown. (Ed Szczepanski/USA TODAY Sports)

Broncos linebacker Von Miller (58) strips the ball from Panthers quarterback Cam Newton (1) in Super Bowl 50. It led to a Denver touchdown. (Ed Szczepanski/USA TODAY Sports)

SANTA CLARA, Calif. — In the end, Denver’s defense, led by Von Miller, was good enough to hand Peyton Manning his second Super Bowl title.

Showing the same ferocity they brought against Tom Brady in the AFC championship, the Broncos sacked NFL MVP Cam Newton six times and forced four turnovers to record their third Super Bowl victory in franchise history with a 24-10 win in Super Bowl 50 Sunday at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara. It was their first since John Elway won consecutive Lombardi trophies in 1997 and ’98.

Miller strip-sacked Newton twice, leading to one defensive touchdown and one offensive touchdown. In total, the Broncos sacked passers seven times to tie a Super Bowl record. Newton finished 18-of-41 for 265 yards.

But Manning, playing perhaps his final NFL game, wasn’t much better. He lost a fumble and was just 13-of-23 for 141 yards, one interception, four sacks and one lost fumble.

The Broncos not only held Newton  to 8-of-19 passing for 95 yards in the first half, they sacked him three times for 33 yards, including a strip sack by Miller which was recovered by Malik Jackson for a touchdown.

That touchdown put the Broncos up, 10-0.

Manning couldn’t get much going in the first half either. After leading the Broncos down the field on a 64-yard drive to open the game, Manning and the Broncos had to settle for the first of two Brandon McManus first-half field goals. Manning was just 9-of-16 for 76 yards and a bad interception to defensive end Kony Ealy after Manning locked in on Emmanuel Sanders.

Jonathan Stewart capped a nine-play, 73-yard drive with a 1-yard leap over the middle into the end zone to make it 10-7, Broncos. McManus added a 33-yard field goal for Denver, which took a 13-7 lead to the half.

The Panthers took the opening drive of the third quarter and had a lot of momentum following a 45-yard crossing route completion to Ted Ginn down to the Denver 35. The Panthers appeared ready to get in position to score a go-ahead TD but Jerricho Cotchery dropped a pass at the Broncos 5-yard line on the right sideline. Then Graham Gano missed a 44-yard field goal when the ball caromed high off the right upright.

The Broncos responded by coming right down the field after a pair of Manning passed to Emmanuel Sanders. But again, the Broncos couldn’t finish in the red zone, settling for a 30-yard field goal from McManus that put the Broncos up, 16-7, with 8:18 left in the third.

Philly Brown hauled in a 42-yard heave from Newton over the middle of the field, setting up the Panthers at the Broncos 38. But four plays later, Newton was intercepted by T.J. Ward. Ward fumbled the ball on his return and the Panthers nearly recovered at the Broncos 5. But linebacker Danny Trevathan was there to save the day.

After Manning drove the Broncos down to Carolina’s 42, he was strip-sacked at midfield with 13:17 left in the fourth. The Panthers recovered at midfield and drove down to the Broncos’ 21. But the drive stalled and the Panthers had to settle for a Gano 39-yard field goal, cutting Denver’s lead to 16-10 with 10:21 left in the fourth.

The Broncos followed the exact same script as the AFC championship, playing field position and giving the Panthers several chances to come from behind and win.

Miller’s second strip sack of Newton came with 4:04 left in the game and set the Broncos up at the Panthers’ 4. After a defensive holding call, C.J. Anderson ran it in from two yards for Denver’s first offensive touchdown of the game with 3:08 left. Manning found Bennie Fowler for the 2-point conversion.

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Tom Brady would be ‘very happy’ for Peyton Manning as friend, but also ‘very jealous’ if Broncos win Super Bowl

02.07.16 at 6:28 pm ET
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Tom Brady and Peyton Manning have remained close over the years (Kevin Jairaj/USA Today SPORTS)

Tom Brady and Peyton Manning have remained close over the years (Kevin Jairaj/USA Today SPORTS)

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.

Brady and Manning are friends off the field, so appearing on Westwood One radio prior to Super Bowl 50, Jim Gray asked Brady what it would be like if Manning were to win the game.

“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.

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