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Tom Brady doesn’t seem to have problem with Patriots players skipping White House ceremony 02.14.17 at 8:44 am ET
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Tom Brady understands why players might skip the White House ceremony. (Kirby Lee/USA Today Sports)

Tom Brady understands why players might skip the White House ceremony. (Kirby Lee/USA Today Sports)

On Monday, Robert Kraft spoke on Patriots players potentially not wanting to go to the White House for a Super Bowl ceremony with President Donald Trump, and on Tuesday so did Tom Brady.

Brady joined Mike Florio on PFT Live and was asked what his message would be to players who don’t want to go.

The quarterback said each player can make their own choice and he understands it is the offseason and some players may want to do other things.

“Well, everybody has a choice,” Brady said. “There’s certain years like I remember a couple years ago — I wanted to go and then didn’t get the opportunity based on the schedule. We didn’t get told until I think like 10 days before we were going. At that point I had something that I had planned for months and couldn’t get there. I was able to go, we were part of the ’97 National Championship team in college and went. I really is a great experience.

“Putting politics aside, it never really was a political thing. At least it never was for me. It’s just always something that was a privilege to be able to do because it really meant you won a championship and you got to experience something cool with your team and with your teammates. Everyone has their own choice and everyone, it’s their offseason. These days are valuable for everybody. You only get so much time with your family and friends. If people don’t want to go, they don’t want to go and that is their choice.”

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Will Tom Brady’s Super Bowl LI jersey be found? Robert Kraft seems to think so 02.13.17 at 12:52 pm ET
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Robert Kraft is hopeful Tom Brady's jersey will be found. (Mark J. Rebilas/USA Today Sports)

Robert Kraft is hopeful Tom Brady’s jersey will be found. (Mark J. Rebilas/USA Today Sports)

One of the bigger storylines from Super Bowl LI was something that didn’t even happen in the game.

Tom Brady’s jersey was taken from the Patriots locker room after the game and hasn’t been found since.

On Monday morning, Patriots owner Robert Kraft showed his frustration on Fox Business Network’s Mornings with Maria, but believes it should turn up sooner rather than later.

“It’s very sad to me that someone would do something like this, and it’s like taking a great Chagall or Picasso or something. You can never display it. And somehow, I feel there’ll be some news that’ll clear this up in the not too distant future,” Kraft said via The Boston Herald. “I hope it’ll be cleared up soon. I think that a lot of people spend a lot of time looking into the matter and what happened, and I’d rather not say anything that would cause any problems in the work that’s been done. One way or another that jersey will be back.”

Kraft also said despite trailing by 25 points, he never gave up hope the Patriots would comeback and beat the Falcons.

“When the score was 28-3, I think there were roughly three minutes to go [in the third quarter]. Our chance of winning was 0.04 percent, so 99.6 percent [to lose], but given the organization we have, I never give up,” Kraft said. “I always believe, and especially having the privilege of having a coach like Bill Belichick and Tom Brady at the helm, both of their games move up as the pressure mounts and just a lot of things happened the right way – the catch by Julian Edelman was… sort of made up for the two catches over the last few years where we lost at the last moment with miracle catches.”

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Tom Brady doesn’t think Super Bowl LI was one of the greatest games he’s ever played at 9:15 am ET
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Tom Brady detailed the 25-point comeback to MMQB's Peter King. (Mark J. Rebilas/USA Today Sports)

Tom Brady detailed the 25-point comeback to MMQB’s Peter King. (Mark J. Rebilas/USA Today Sports)

It’s been a week since Super Bowl LI and Tom Brady opened up on the game, specifically the Patriots’ 25-point comeback, in an long-ranging interview with MMQB’s Peter King.

While many thought it was one of the greatest games ever played, Brady doesn’t think so.

“I don’t really think that is necessarily the case,” Brady said to King from Montana. “I think it was one of the greatest games I have ever played in, but when I think of an interception return for a touchdown, some other missed opportunities in the first 37, 38 minutes of the game, I don’t really consider playing a good quarter-and-a-half plus overtime as one of the ‘best games ever.’ But it was certainly one of the most thrilling for me, just because so much was on the line, and it ended up being an incredible game.

“There are so many things that played into that game—a high-scoring offense, a top-ranked defense, the long Super Bowl, four-and-a-half-hour game, the way that the game unfolded in the first half versus what happened in the second half — so it was just a great game.”

Despite all the hits Brady took in the game, he wasn’t sore the week after.

“I have zero pain,” Brady said. “I feel great. I feel 100 percent.”

Brady also detailed the comeback, score-by-score. Here are some of the highlights.

— Even when Atlanta made it 28-3 in the third quarter, Brady didn’t lose hope.

“It was similar to what I had felt at halftime,” Brady said. “We came out of halftime saying, ‘Look, we’ve had 20 minutes time of possession, we’ve run 45 or 46 plays, we’ve done a good job moving the ball up and down the field, we just have nothing to show for it because of a missed third-and-one, a fumble in their territory, an interception return for a touchdown in their territory, because of poor execution in the red area … We had over 200 yards passing in the first half [actually 184], so it wasn’t like we were in there at halftime saying, ‘Hey, how are we going to move the ball?’

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Based on Tom Brady’s latest Instagram post, he’s not stopping playing anytime soon 02.12.17 at 6:57 pm ET
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Exactly a week after Super Bowl LI, Tom Brady posted a picture of him and his daughter after the Patriots’ 34-28 win over the Falcons.

The quarterback still can’t believe it’s been a week since the game and hinted he won’t be stopping playing anytime soon.

Brady wrote: It’s hard to believe a week has passed since SB51. It’s hard to believe the game is only 60 minutes. It’s harder to believe I’ve been a Patriot for 17 years! What happens on that field with my teammates, in front of our family and fans, is almost impossible to describe. It’s mythical for me, and yet it’s real. And it’s why I’ll never stop as long as I’m able. #ROS

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Stopwatch: Tom Brady’s quick release in 2nd half led Patriots to win over Falcons in Super Bowl LI 02.10.17 at 1:35 pm ET
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Tom Brady averaged 2.27 seconds from snap-to-throw in Super Bowl LI. (Mark J. Rebilas/USA Today Sports)

Tom Brady averaged 2.27 seconds from snap-to-throw in Super Bowl LI. (Mark J. Rebilas/USA Today Sports)

It was a tale of two halves for the Patriots in Super Bowl LI.

The team, and Tom Brady for that matter, struggled in the first half, trailing 21-3, but things totally changed midway through the third quarter and led by Brady, the Patriots came from 25 points down to shock the Falcons, 34-28 in overtime.

One of the biggest keys for Brady with the turnaround was a much quicker release in the second half.

Overall, Brady averaged 2.27 seconds from snap-to-throw, but he averaged 2.52 seconds in the first half, compared to 2.08 seconds in the second half.

“It was a hell of a football game,” Brady said after the game. “We played our tails off all season to get to this point and it’s hard to win a game in the NFL. And to beat this team and to get down 28-3, it was just a lot of mental toughness by our team and we’re all going to remember this for the rest of our lives.”

The Falcons created havoc against Brady and the Patriots in the first half putting pressure on him up the middle and forcing him to be uncomfortable in the pocket. The second half was much different as Brady seemingly knew before every play where he wanted to go with the ball and got rid of it quickly.

Overall, Brady was 16-for-22 when taking less than two seconds from snap-to-throw and 16 of those attempts came in the second half — a clear sign Brady was more comfortable.

The quarterback was also on a mission on his last two drives — the one to tie the game at the end of regulation and then the overtime drive. Of his last 12 pass attempts, he was 11-for-12 with 126 yards and a touchdown. The one incompletion was his final pass, a fade attempt to Martellus Bennett in the end zone.

Super Bowl LI once again proved how maybe more than any other quarterback in the league just important the quick release is.

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Tom Brady: Julian Edelman’s miraculous catch is why we love sports at 11:15 am ET
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Another day, another Instagram post from Tom Brady.

On Friday morning the quarterback posted a picture of Julian Edelman’s spectacular catch in Super Bowl LI with a caption of how that play and game showed how special sports are.

It read: This is why we love sports, right? No dogma, no blind faith, no rules you have to buy into — just attendance. Show up, and miracles happen. People of every race, religion, ethnicity, political POV and lifestyle share a singular experience for a few hours and become one.

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Brandon Marshall says Tom Brady isn’t best player of all-time, puts J.J. Watt ahead of him 02.09.17 at 5:35 pm ET
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Brandon Marshall doesn't think Tom Brady is the greatest player of all-time. (Jasen Vinlove/USA Today Sports)

Brandon Marshall doesn’t think Tom Brady is the greatest player of all-time. (Jasen Vinlove/USA Today Sports)

Jets receiver Brandon Marshall has faced Tom Brady and the Patriots countless times over the years, so he’s seen up close and personal just how good Brady is.

After the 25-point comeback in Super Bowl LI, many have said Brady is undoubtedly the best player of all-time. Marshall disagrees.

“He’s not the best player ever,” Marshall told NJ Advance Media. “No.”

Marshall says there is a difference between best quarterback and best player.

“We get caught up in that whole discussion, that when a quarterback is playing really well, he’s probably the best in the business, and we think he’s the best player,” Marshall said. “And that’s not true. When I think about player, I think about a guy that I can put at corner, safety, defensive end, a guy that I can put back on punt return, chase down kicks.

“That, to me, is the best player. J.J. Watt, that can play defensive end, tight end, put him at tackle, make him lose some weight and he can probably play linebacker and safety. That’s the best player.”

Marshall was asked if not Brady, who would be in the conversation for greatest player ever and the Jets wide out named some interesting players besides Watt.

“Man, that’s tough,” Marshall said. “I would put J.J. Watt in that discussion. I would put Reggie White in that discussion. I would put Deion [Sanders] in that discussion. I would put Jerry Rice in that discussion. That would probably be impossible [to say for sure].”

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