|Bill Belichick, Tom Brady garner votes in New Hampshire primary||02.12.16 at 7:10 pm ET|
Brady received four total votes, with voters on both sides casting their ballot for the New England quarterback — he got two votes on the Republican side and two on the Democratic side. Meanwhile, Belichick received one vote on the Democratic side.
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|Robert Kraft regrets not having AFC championship game at Gillette Stadium||02.11.16 at 8:17 am ET|
Looking back at the 2015 season in an exclusive 1-on-1 interview with WCVB’s Maria Stephanos, Patriots owner Robert Kraft talked about Tom Brady being booed at the Super Bowl, his biggest regret from the season, among other things.
Kraft’s biggest regret may be the same as many Patriots fans — not having the AFC title game at home.
“I think, if I have any regrets, it’s that the conference championship wasn’t played here in our hometown,” Kraft said. “We’ve won seven division titles in a row, so I am pretty proud that in my opinion, we have the greatest coach and greatest quarterback of all-time. Having that chemistry with them together, the leadership they bring.”
Despite not reaching the Super Bowl, Kraft acknowledged the team’s mental toughness as they had to deal with a lot of things during the course of the season, starting with Deflategate.
“If you’re running businesses anywhere in the world, the people who really do well are the people who have mental toughness,” Kraft said. “People talk about it, but this team had a lot of distractions, a lot of physical injuries and that whole next man up and mental toughness was amazing.”
The Patriots owner is also hopeful Brady and Bill Belichick retire as members of the Patriots.
“I sure hope so. That is my plan,” he said. “I’ve learned to take one year at a time and root for the best, but we’ve had the consistency of having Bill and Tom for 16 years. I was thinking about it — we’ve finished 22 seasons and I’ve had two quarterbacks in 22 years. Start the season, Drew [Bledsoe] and Tom. You just look at the teams in our division and see how many quarterbacks they’ve had since we’ve been in. We’re pretty lucky and part of our philosophy is to have stability and consistency.”
|Robert Kraft gives his viewpoint on Tom Brady being booed at Super Bowl||02.10.16 at 7:38 pm ET|
Patriots owner Robert Kraft was at the game and in an exclusive one-on-one interview with WCVB’s Maria Stephanos on Wednesday, he shared his thoughts on what happened.
“I mean, to us, we didn’t hear it,” Kraft said. “We just heard loud noise and I just heard cheers everywhere around me. I didn’t find out what people — all the social media chatter, and I think there were a lot of Denver fans and Raider fans in the audience since it was so close. I don’t know. I think they see us as a big rival.
“He is such a classy, wonderful guy. He went there representing our team, our coaches, our fans.”
Kraft also was asked if he saw Roger Goodell at all during the week.
Typically he would see him at Goodell’s state of the league address on Friday, but there was a Hall of Fame luncheon during that time so Kraft went to that instead.
The Patriots owner did say he talked to Goodell briefly at the owners meeting Thursday night, but the conversation wasn’t “eventful.”
A lot of Patriots fans have wondered why the treatment of Peyton Manning and his case with HGH being sent to his home has been handled differently both in the media and with the league than Deflategate with Brady last year at this time.
“Well, I’ll let you and all the media experts opine on that,” Kraft said. “I happened to see Archie [Manning] there. He has two sons now who have won two Super Bowls, but with all due respect, we’ve got one son who has won four.”
Kraft also shared a superstition, explaining that he typically uses an electric razor but on game days he uses a straight-edge Gillette.
|Julian Edelman credits NFL success ‘in large part’ to Tom Brady||02.08.16 at 11:50 am ET|
During the first full week of the offseason, Julian Edelman was in New York City for men’s fashion week where he was named menswear style ambassador by the Council of Fashion Designers of America.
The Patriots wide receiver sat down with Forbes for an extensive 1-on-1 interview touching on a number of different subjects.
Edelman just finished his seventh NFL season and has developed into one of the best wide receivers in the league, after being a college quarterback at Kent State University and being taken in the seventh round by the Patriots.
He gives a lot of credit to where he is now to Tom Brady.
“To comprehend the reason that I am where I am in the NFL right now is in large part thanks to Tom Brady,” Edelman told Forbes. “The trail and grind that we have put in together during offseason is very important. The entire time throughout my second year on the league and even after my first year (my rookie year), I heard that Tom requested to have receivers come out to L.A. (where he had resided at that time), and he would throw to them. I went to L.A. and we worked on timing and body mechanics which we refer to as ‘getting on the same page’ — meaning being in the zone on the field together. For this reason, I moved out to Los Angeles.
“At that time, I was a young whippersnapper. I did not know too much. Moreover, I did not know anyone. I went to L.A. just in case he needed someone to throw the football to. The first year he called me twice. In fact, I was out there for four months and he called me twice. Naturally, I dropped everything at once and went to throw with him. The following year, I returned to L.A. and he called me a few more times. Soon thereafter we were throwing three days a week. Sure enough, we started to develop a concrete friendship and solid trust in one another. Ultimately, what we look forward to is that our relationship is both on the field and off the field. The teammates spend 14 hours together on many occasions. The team has a strong camaraderie and bond together. By developing my friendship with Tom has resulted in support and developing a huge part of my professional athletic career.”
As has been well-documented over the past year, Edelman credits his father for being his biggest inspiration in life.
Brady was asked if he considers himself one of the best quarterbacks to ever play the game and the Patriots quarterback said he doesn’t and even named a number of quarterbacks he feels are better than him, including some current ones.
“That is a helluva question and I wouldn’t put myself in there,” Brady said. “I think there’s some incredible players that have played the position and a lot of guys do things differently to get the job done. You see different styles, different techniques. When you look at me being a fan of Joe Montana — nobody ever did it better than Joe Montana. In a way he was like the Michael Jordan of football. The style and the grace and the beauty of what Joe’s style was, it never looked hard for Joe.
“Another one of my idols, Steve Young, who was one of the most gifted players to ever play. You look at Troy Aikman, the efficiency with the way he played. You look at Aaron Rodgers and the way that he’s playing and you can’t imagine another quarterback could play as flawlessly as a guy like Aaron Rodgers. Then you watch Russell Wilson play and you never could imagine someone could get out situations and make plays out of nothing like Russell Wilson. Then you watch Cam Newton play. You’re blown away by the different styles of all these different players that make this game so spectacular.
“I think of myself as kind of someone who has got to think my way through the game, has to understand coverages, anticipate things. I have to work my butt off all week and work really hard to get to the game feeling confident with what I am trying to accomplish and get down the field to score some points. I guess for me because I have to work so hard at it and try so hard at it, that’s part of enjoying it for me, but I look at other players and say, ‘Gosh, I wish I could make it look as easy as they make it look.'”
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.”
|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|
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.
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