|Tom Brady’s jersey is still missing||02.06.17 at 11:28 am ET|
HOUSTON — Tom Brady suspects that someone may have stolen his game jersey after Sunday’s Super Bowl win.
The quarterback explained what happened on Monday morning at his MVP press conference.
“I put it in my bag and I came out and it wasn’t there anymore,” Brady explained Monday morning. “It’s unfortunate, because that’s a nice piece of memorabilia. If it shows up on eBay or something, somebody let me know. I’ll try to track that down.”
Brady was asked if he was planning on giving the jersey to his mother, who has had health issues for the last year or so but was at the game on Sunday night.
“Those are pretty special ones to keep. But what can you do?” he added. “I’ll take the ring. That’s good enough for me.”
Speaking of his mother, Brady reflected on what it meant to have her at Sunday’s contest.
“It was great. It was great. She’s been through a lot. Way harder than what I went through last night,” Brady said. “My Dad has been there every step of the way. They set such great examples for me. All families go through challenging times personally. But she has a lot of support and a lot of love.
“I was just happy last night to be able to celebrate with her. She hadn’t been to a game all year. It was a hell of a game for her to be at. It was really great.”
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HOUSTON — It was a great night for Tom Brady as he led the Patriots from 25 points down to beat the Falcons, 34-28 in Super Bowl LI.
It was extra special for Brady with his whole family in attendance, including his mom. The quarterback posted a picture to Instagram Monday morning of his three kids and wife Gisele Bundchen with the caption: My everything.
|Bill Belichick calls it ‘insulting’ for people to think Tom Brady worked harder this year than any other year||at 10:55 am ET|
HOUSTON — One of the narratives some have brought up with Tom Brady this year is he’s worked harder than ever before because of his four-game suspension for Deflategate.
Speaking at his press conference the morning after the Super Bowl win, Bill Belichick appeared to want to clear the air and note Brady has worked just as hard this year than any other year in the past.
He added Brady gives “blood, sweat and tears” for the Patriots organization.
“I think with all due respect, it would be inappropriate to suggest that in Tom’s career he’s been anything other than a great teammate, a great worker and has given us every single ounce of effort, blood, sweat and tears that he has in him,” Belichick said. “I don’t want to insinuate that this year was somehow different, that this year he competed harder, or did anything to a higher degree than he has in the past.
“I think that is insulting to the tremendous effort and leadership and competitiveness that he’s shown for the 17 years that I have coached him. He’s been like that every year, every day, every week, every practice. I don’t care if it is May, August, or January, Tom Brady gives us his best every time he steps on to the field.”
Brady led the team back from a 25-point deficit in Super Bowl LI in their 34-28 win over the Falcons where he took home his third Super Bowl MVP award.
|Run to Glory: James White joins pantheon of Patriots Super Bowl legends with game for ages||at 2:24 am ET|
HOUSTON — If it weren’t for Tom Brady rescuing the game – and being Tom Brady again at the end – James White would’ve and could’ve been the MVP of Super Bowl LI.
All the Patriots’ third-year all-purpose back out of Wisconsin did was catch a record 14 passes for 110 yards, run for two touchdowns and catch another while scoring a Super Bowl-record 20 points to lead the Patriots to a 34-28 overtime win. White also finished with 29 yards on six carries.
White’s final run of the night proved to be the final run of the NFL season, a two-yard push for the end zone with 11:02 left in overtime to give the Patriots their fifth Super Bowl title in franchise history. How ironic that the least likely running back in the Patriots backfield heading into the playoffs made the biggest run of the season.
“It was a toss play,” White explained. “Obviously, the line did a great job blocking, Jules [Julian Edelman] did a great job blocking, I just had to run through one guy and find a way to get in there. I saw a crease. You have to find a way to make a play for your team at that point in the game – at the three-yard line, two-yard line, you just have to find a way in.”
What went through his mind when he realized he won the Super Bowl?
“I don’t know. I don’t know what my thought was,” White said. “I was just really excited. That’s what you dream about as a kid. It was an amazing comeback by our team and I’m just proud to be a part of it.”
Now White is up on the pantheon of Patriots Super Bowl heroes with Brady, Adam Vinatieri and Malcolm Butler.
“It was just a great team effort,” White said. “We went into the second half and we knew it was going to be a long second half. If the defense could get stops we could put up points and keep narrowing their lead and we just found a way to get a victory.”
“We knew we had a shot the whole game. As an offense we weren’t playing well. We had some turnovers and were just getting in the game. We were driving the ball – we had like 20 minutes of possession in the first half. We knew we could drive the ball, we just had to stop turning the ball over, and I think that’s what we did in the second half. It hasn’t really set in. Honestly it’s all very surreal right now. It is just a great team victory. You couldn’t even write this script. You could never imagine it. We just went out there and got a great team victory.”
HOUSTON — Logan Ryan wasn’t asked about anything specific, he was just asked for his general thoughts on the win over the Falcons in Super Bowl LI when the Patriots came from 25 points down to win.
In his 1:30 answer, Ryan was very passionate about the season and also gave a message to kids to not give up even if life gets challenging.
“It’s so fitting because this is where this team was, man,” he said. “We were counted out at the beginning of the year with [Tom Brady’s] four-game suspension. Throughout the year we were playing OK and the defense was counted out, the offense was supposed to carry us. Then we didn’t play any good quarterbacks, but Matt Ryan was pretty good and he looked pretty good. Julio Jones made amazing catches. We just kept making things hard.
“There was no halftime adjustment. There was no big speech. We said keep doing what we’re doing and that’s what we had to do. We had to get a stop and get a score and get a two-point conversion and keep doing it. [What] the thing is that makes a champion, it’s not about shutting everybody out, making everything easy, it’s about when you get knocked down you get back up and respond. That is what this team did all year. It kept getting knocked down. We kept responding. We kept coming to work and no one in that locker room, not one person lost faith in the play-calling and how we were playing. We all knew we were going to win, we just didn’t think it was going to go that way. No one lost faith.
“We kept it going and it’s a testament to all the kids out there. If you keep it going, it’s not going to be an easy road, it wasn’t for me. It’s a bumpy road at times, but if you keep going and have faith, believe in yourself and believe in the people around you and surround yourself with right-minded people, you’ll be a two-time world champ.”
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HOUSTON — Even a game for the ages and a place atop the NFL mountain couldn’t break the stoic and business-like demeanor of Patriots head coach Bill Belichick.
His team had just recorded the biggest comeback victory in the first overtime in Super Bowl history, 34-28, over the Falcons and Belichick took the podium minutes after Tom Brady and was calm, cool and collected as always.
With the win, Belichick became the first coach with five Super Bowl titles, passing Chuck Noll. Does this make the Patriots the greatest team in the modern era?
“No I don’t get into that,” Belichick said. “Rank them wherever.”
But what came through loud and clear was his appreciation of his players who didn’t quit down, 28-3, with eight minutes left in the third quarter.
“The most important thing tonight is the team win,” Belichick said. “I am happy for our team, our players and our organization. Everybody worked so hard for this. The only reason I am here is because of what our players did, what our assistant coaches and coordinators did, but Chuck Knoll is a tremendous coach. A tremendous legacy. I coached against Chuck in his final game. I always admired Chuck and his style. The way his teams played. It is an honor to even be mentioned in the same sentence with Chuck Knoll. Tonight is really about our team. It is not about some record or something like that. It is about what our team accomplished. They deserve to be champions. They earned it tonight.”
Belichick was actually asked if he might consider retiring and leave the game on top.
“Right now, I am thinking about enjoying tonight and this game that we won,” Belichick said.
The Patriots were getting manhandled in the first half. After Robert Alford returned an interception 82 yards for an interception, the Patriots were down, 21-0. They trailed, 21-3 at the half. What did Belichick tell his team?
“What did I tell the guys at halftime? Same thing we told them in the first quarter and the second quarter,” Belichick answered. “Just kept coaching and just kept trying to get better. Find ways to do things that were a little bit more productive.”
HOUSTON — This win was extra special for Tom Brady.
With everything that has taken place over the last 18 months with his mom’s illness, Sunday’s game meant so much more because his whole family, including his mom, were in attendance.
After the win, Brady posted a picture to social media with the caption: It takes a team. And so much love. #NeverStopBelieving
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