Although the Broncos won Super Bowl 50, 24-10 over the Panthers, cornerback Aqib Talib didn’t have the best of games.

Although the Broncos won Super Bowl 50, 24-10 over the Panthers, cornerback Aqib Talib didn’t have the best of games.

Talib will most be remembered for his blatant facemask penalty on Carolina wide receiver Corey Brown at the 5-yard line in the second quarter. It only resulted in a 2.5-yard penalty since it was half the distance to the goal, but after the game Talib admitted he did it on purpose.

“It was B.S. flags,” Talib told reporters after the game. “€œOne was on our sidelines [for taunting] –€” the guy [Brown] was talking on our sideline. One I just did on purpose, and I just had to show him. It’€™s probably going to be a fine. But, hey, we’€™re world champs.”

With Talib admitting he committed the penalty on purpose, according to Pro Football Talk, the NFL is considering suspending the former Patriots cornerback. The report says the league will look back at Talib’s history and also his penalty being a major safety issue.

For video of the play, check out the GIF below:

Blog Author: 
Ryan Hannable

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The scene in the interview area after a Super Bowl can be a little crazy.

There are literally hundreds of people coming and going — players, family, support staff and reporters — in a tight, confined space. Players are all delivered to postgame podiums, and many of their comments are broadcast over a public address system loudly so that everyone can hear. Winners are losers are in sometimes uncomfortably close proximity. There’s media on deadline trying to drum up quotes, players still caught up in the throes of victory or trying to process a crushing defeat, and league officials and security trying to keep everything in some semblance of order. The noise adds to the frenzy.

I mention all of this in the context of the scene involving Carolina quarterback Cam Newton, who appeared to prematurely leave his postgame Q&A session Sunday because of perceived frustration or anger regarding the defeat against Denver. It appeared that at one point, Newton could hear Denver cornerback Chris Harris Jr. talking happily about the win and what they were able to do to Newton.

That, combined with the rawness of the difficult loss, was likely what made Newton cut his time at the podium short. But unfortunately for him, the narrative of the bitter young quarterback had been entrenched in the minds of many, regardless of the situation.

None of this is to excuse Newton’s actions — part of his postgame obligations include a session with the media, and as I said, it can be extremely difficult process for any member of the losing team to try and endure. (I can still recall a sad-eyed Wes Welker talking with us after New England’s loss to the Giants in Super Bowl XLVI while New York players gleefully celebrated on the other side of a curtain, no less than 15 feet away.) It’s only to provide a little more context to what happened, and serve as a small reminder that the narrative doesn’t always fit with the facts.

Blog Author: 
Christopher Price
Julian Edelman credited Tom Brady to a lot of his NFL success. (Elsa/Getty Images)

Julian Edelman credited Tom Brady to a lot of his NFL success. (Elsa/Getty Images)

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.

“I am honored to say that my biggest inspiration is my father,” Edelman said. “He is a self-made man. Unfortunately, he had grown up without a father. He is a very disciplined routine man. He does the same thing every day by getting up and going to work. I remember while growing up, each that I would not see him in the morning as he would leave 5 a.m. each day. After work, when he would come home, we would spend time together and practice a lot. I learned great life lessons from my father.

“Now as an adult, I understand that my father did not have (a father), that person that I had my whole life to learn wisdom from and spend quality time together. My father taught me much more than sports; He taught me about life and how to handle situations and so much more.”

The wide receiver also discussed fashion, saying his favorite color is red and he started wearing red gloves so his mom would be able to spot him on the field.

When it comes to the Patriots and fashion, Edelman said Brady is at the top, but he likes to keep his “style classy and classic while popping a few things in here.”

“I would say that we are a stylish team,” Edelman said. “The Patriots have a broad spectrum of style. For example, you have Tom Brady who has given me about 12 pairs of Uggs. Menswear style is a huge part of professional sports these days. For example the players of the NBA is seen dressed and photographed on the way to the game whereas you see a lot less of us. Nevertheless, we have a pretty stylish team.

“Everyone knows that Tom Brady can dress to the nines. … He wears Tom Ford menswear. Tom is always looking like that well dressed man about town. I like to keep my style classy and classic while popping a few things in here and there such as a pocket square or a sharp looking tie. I like to change up my personal style.”

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Ryan Hannable

Saying Cam Newton gave up on the fumble that sealed Super Bowl 50 only considers half of the equation, and frankly, the lesser half.



The Patriots’ 2015 season ended with a loss to Denver in the AFC title game, but according to Las Vegas, New England has already emerged as one of the favorites to win Super Bowl LI.

The Patriots’ 2015 season ended with a loss to Denver in the AFC title game, but according to Las Vegas, New England has already emerged as one of the favorites to win Super Bowl LI.

According to Bovada, the Patriots, Panthers and Seahawks have all been installed at 9-1 favorites when it comes to the next Super Bowl, set for February 2017 in Houston. Meanwhile, the Westgate SuperBook in Vegas has the Patriots, Seahawks and Steelers listed as 8-1 favorites. And OddsShark has Carolina (+800), New England (+825), Seattle (+1100) and Arizona (+1100) as the best bets to win it all in 2017.

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Christopher Price

Tom Brady has won four Super Bowls joining Joe Montana and Terry Bradshaw as the only quarterbacks in NFL history to win four world championships.

Tom Brady was honored at Super Bowl 50 with the rest of the past Super Bowl MVPs. (Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

Tom Brady was honored at Super Bowl 50 with the rest of the past Super Bowl MVPs. (Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

Tom Brady has won four Super Bowls joining Joe Montana and Terry Bradshaw as the only quarterbacks in NFL history to win four world championships.

The three players joined Jim Gray on Westwood One Radio prior to the Super Bowl Sunday night to talk about their respective careers.

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 hell of a 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.'”

Brady never imagined his career going the way it has and also added he still believes there is more to come.

“It’s more than I could have ever imagined growing up as a kid on Portola Drive in San Mateo, California,” he said. “I used to throw the ball in the Candlestick Park parking lot and third lot — just loved played in the street with my friends and drawing up plays on pieces of paper and memorizing them with my neighbors across the street. I couldn’t have ever imagined my life being what it has become.

“Hopefully the journey is not over, I still feel like I have more to achieve as a player. I still feel like I have more things to prove to myself. I look forward to those opportunities down the road.”

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Ryan Hannable