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Alan Branch told SiriusXM Radio on Thursday that he won’t be visiting the White House as part of the Super Bowl celebration.

The veteran Patriots defensive lineman said he will be “spending time with family” instead.

Alan Branch isn't going to the White House. (Kirby Lee/USA Today Sports)

Alan Branch isn’t going to the White House. (Kirby Lee/USA Today Sports)

Alan Branch told SiriusXM Radio on Thursday that he won’t be visiting the White House as part of the Super Bowl celebration.

The veteran Patriots defensive lineman said he will be “spending time with family” instead.

Branch joins a growing collection of players who have publicly said they are not going, a group that includes Devin McCourty, Martellus Bennett, Chris Long and Dont’a Hightower.

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Blog Author: 
Christopher Price

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.

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].”

Blog Author: 
Ryan Hannable

The list of Patriots not planning on attending the ceremony at the White House with President Trump continues to grow.

The latest player is running back LeGarrette Blount who told Rich Eisen on “The Rich Eisen Show” Thursday he will not be attending.

LeGarrette Blount will not attend the White House ceremony. (Eric Seals/USA Today Sports)

LeGarrette Blount will not attend the White House ceremony. (Eric Seals/USA Today Sports)

The list of Patriots not planning on attending the ceremony at the White House with President Trump continues to grow.

The latest player is running back LeGarrette Blount who told Rich Eisen on “The Rich Eisen Show” Thursday he will not be attending.

“I will not be going to the White House. I don’t feel welcome in that house. I’ll leave it at that,” Blount said.

Blount joins Martellus Bennett, Devin McCourty, Chris Long and Dont’a Hightower as Patriots players who have already said they will not attend the ceremony.

It’s worth noting Hightower said his decision isn’t related to politics. He didn’t attend the 2015 ceremony after Super Bowl XLIX.

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Blog Author: 
Ryan Hannable

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 Gaylnn’s illness.

Tom Brady Sr. opened up on a number of topics to the Boston Herald. (Matthew Emmons/USA Today Sports)

Tom Brady Sr. opened up on a number of topics to the Boston Herald, including heath of wife. (Matthew Emmons/USA Today Sports)

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 Gaylnn’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.”

He also heard the boo’s Patriots fans gave Goodell when he took to the stage.

“They let him know, ‘You know what? Goodell is no longer a part of our lives.’ ” he said. “He determined the storyline for two years. Now, the fans were telling him, that no longer exists. This issue is in the rearview mirror.”

While it was a great week for the family, all the focus now is getting Gaylnn back to full strength.

“You know, at halftime, we were pretty darn dejected, but then it turned into such a magnificent event,” Tom Sr. said, “but, as I said, we’re back to dealing with [Galynn’s treatment] and hopeful. That’s just how it is.”

Blog Author: 
Ryan Hannable

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