|Tom Brady: Julian Edelman’s miraculous catch is why we love sports||02.10.17 at 11:15 am ET|
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.
|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|
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].”
|Tom Brady Sr. opens up on Super Bowl week, offers update on wife Galynn, says Roger Goodell is ‘a meathead’||at 2:13 pm ET|
It’s been a few days since the Patriots’ Super Bowl win over the Falcons, but for the Brady family, it’s back to fighting Galynn’s illness.
Tom Brady Sr. opened up on that, as well as a number of other topics to the Boston Herald’s Karen Guregian.
Brady’s mom was able to attend the Super Bowl, but now is back home in California fighting the illness she’s been dealing with for the last 18 months.
“The Super Bowl was an unbelievable deal,” Brady Sr. said. “It was so exhilarating, but we’re back to reality. We’re back to where we were a week ago trying to deal with this stuff. Look, by no means is Galynn’s condition damper on anything, it just is what it is. We’re keeping the faith. We’re going to beat this thing.”
He added: “It was great, it was one of the happiest moments that we’ve had in a couple of years, and we wouldn’t trade it for anything.”
Brady Sr. was so proud of his son last week with how a different side of him was able to come out throughout the week of just how much his family means to him.
“People this week got a much bigger window into Tommy Brady’s soul than they ever had before,” he said. “The fact of how much, how sensitive and kind and emotional and responsive he is to his parents. … I’m telling you, I’ve had people say this to me, there’s never been anybody in sports like Tommy Brady … when he talks about his family, what kind of dad he is, he is absolutely the best. I’m telling you. I’m in awe when I look at that man. I’m just in awe of how he conducts himself.”
As for the Patriots getting the Lombardi trophy from Roger Goodell, the man who suspended Brady four games for Deflategate, that made Brady Sr. feel good.
“I absolutely felt vindication,” he said. “And I think Goodell realizes how big a meathead he is. But, frankly, the vindication in this was the fans letting him know, when he was talking, what they felt about the whole situation.”
Tom Brady apparently reads poetry.
The quarterback posted the Patriots’ team picture taken the day before Super Bowl LI with a caption from poet, author and journalist Rudyard Kipling. It’s clear Brady was a huge fan of this year’s team with how hard they worked and how close they were.
“If you can keep your head when all about you Are losing theirs and blaming it on you, If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you, But make allowance for their doubting too; If you can wait and not be tired by waiting, Or being lied about, don’t deal in lies, Or being hated, don’t give way to hating, And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise: If you can dream – and not make dreams your master; If you can think – and not make thoughts your aim; If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster And treat those two impostors just the same; If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools, Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken, And stoop and build ’em up with worn-out tools: If you can make one heap of all your winnings And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss, And lose, and start again at your beginnings And never breathe a word about your loss; If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew To serve your turn long after they are gone, And so hold on when there is nothing in you Except the Will which says to them: ‘Hold on!’ If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue, ‘ Or walk with Kings – nor lose the common touch, if neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you, If all men count with you, but none too much; If you can fill the unforgiving minute With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run, Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it, And – which is more – you’ll be a Man, my son!”
|Sound FX highlights: Julian Edelman’s heartwarming message to Tom Brady before OT touchdown drive||02.08.17 at 9:35 pm ET|
On NFL Network each week is “Sound FX,” a show that captures the sounds from the field each week.
With there only being one game this past week, the hour-long program was strictly devoted to Super Bowl LI.
There were a few players and coaches mic’d up including Julian Edelman, Dont’a Hightower, Dan Quinn and Mohamed Sanu.
Here are some of the highlights.
— Before the game, Tom Brady was telling referee Carl Cheffers not to get mad if he yelled at him during the game.
“If I yell at you, nothing personal,” Brady said. “You know me, I’m an [expletive].”
“I know you’re competitive. We’re competitive,” Cheffers responded. “I don’t take anything personally. Don’t worry about it.”
— The Patriots settled for a field goal before the end of the half to make it a 21-3 game. Sanu seemed surprised by what was taking place, and also pretty confident in the Atlanta offense.
“I know. I’m never comfortable,” he said. “We’re about to put up 40-something on their ass. But I’m saying, they’ve never seen anything like this.”
— Before the second half, Josh McDaniels did a great job speaking to the running backs, giving off the vibe he believed they could come back.
“Do you believe we’re going to win? I do, too,” McDaniels said. “Let’s just play our best half. I don’t want anyone to do anything you can’t do. Don’t try to make it all up in one play. Just play each play by itself.”
— Also, Brady and Edelman had a moment on the sidelines before the third quarter.
“Let’s go, baby. It’s going to be one hell of a story,” Edelman said.
“Hell yeah,” Brady responded.
|Tom Brady ‘still amped’ from Tuesday’s Patriots parade||at 5:33 pm ET|
Tom Brady keeps at it on social media.
The quarterback reposted a picture from Jacoby Brissett’s account from the parade of Brady, Brissett and Jimmy Garoppolo on their duck boat with the caption: Nailed it! Thank you to everyone who came out yesterday! That was incredible I’m still amped!!!
|An estimated million fans turn out for Patriots rolling rally, Patriots players soak up the love||02.07.17 at 9:47 pm ET|
An estimated one million people turned out on the streets of Boston on a cold, wet and dreary day to celebrate arguably the greatest championship win in the region’s long and storied legacy of sports.
The traditional duck boat rally started a little after 11 o’clock Tuesday morning, with the first player’s boat carrying the three quarterbacks. Tom Brady was the first to hoist the Vince Lombardi trophy as back-ups Jacoby Brissett and Jimmy Garoppolo took turns holding up blue “Roger That” t-shirts.
Brissett and Garoppolo then took turns with the prized trophy captured on Sunday night in overtime in Houston.
The rally took approximately 90 minutes to roll from the Hynes Convention down Boylston Street, onto Boston Common, where it turned left on Tremont Street. The rally then proceed briefly through the financial district before crossing over to Government Center, before ending at Boston City Hall.
On several portions of the rally, fans were lined up 10-to-15 lines deep. The crowd estimated by Boston Police was over a million, challenging the number from the 2004 Red Sox rolling rally and the 2002 Patriots rally that kicked off Boston’s 16-year run of 10 championships.
The music was at heart-pounding levels throughout, helping the fans ignore the cold rain and snow while dancing in the streets. There were numerous signs and t-shirts in the crowd throughout the four-mile route that took jabs and threw insults at NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, including multiple “Roger That” references.
Bill Belichick and Brady addressed the crowd at the end at City Hall.
“These players, they’ve worked harder than any team I’ve ever coached,” Belichick told the crowd at City Hall. “They came to work every day and there were no days off.”
The coach then led the crowd in a chant of “NO DAYS OFF.”
“I told you we were going to bring this sucker home, and we brought it home,” Brady said, clutching the Lombardi he showed off during the rally. “Thank you, guys. We do it for you, we do it for us.”
Brady’s 7-year-old son Benjamin stole the show by getting on the deck of the boat the quarterbacks were on and dancing to the music and doing the “The Dab.”
“We’re going to remember this one for the rest of our lives and we know you guys will, too,” Brady said to the fans, who responded with chants of “We want six, we want six.”
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