What keeps Tom Brady going these days, now that he’s approaching 40 years old and won five Super Bowls?

Getting No. 6.

Tom Brady is now chasing Michael Jordan. (Matthew Emmons/USA Today Sports)

Tom Brady is now chasing Michael Jordan. (Matthew Emmons/USA Today Sports)

What keeps Tom Brady going these days, now that he’s approaching 40 years old and won five Super Bowls?

Getting No. 6.

The quarterback gave an expansive, long-ranging interview to ESPN’s Ian O’Connor where he acknowledged getting his sixth Super Bowl would “have great meaning” because he would tie Michael Jordan’s six titles where other superstar athletes like Magic Johnson, Kobe Bryant, Tim Duncan and Derek Jeter all have five.

“The great part is the next one for me is No. 6,” Brady said. “And I’m not on No. 1. I’m trying to reach No. 6 and I’m on No. 5. If I got to No. 6, that would have great meaning to me. It’s not trying to keep up with my idols. It’s not Magic, Jeter, Mariano [Rivera], Kobe, Duncan, guys more my age who I always admired. I just want to win because I owe it to my teammates. I’m working this year like I have none, and hopefully it results in a magical season.”

Added Brady: “I was in awe of Michael Jordan,” Brady said. “And I still am in awe of what he was and what he meant. … He was such an effortless player. He put a lot of effort in, but there’s an art and a beauty to the way he played the game. That was a very inspiring thing.”

Despite all of his success, Brady wouldn’t acknowledge he’s passed Joe Montana as the GOAT of NFL quarterbacks.

“I don’t agree with that, and I’ll tell you why,” Brady said. “I know myself as a player. I’m really a product of what I’ve been around, who I was coached by, what I played against, in the era I played in. I really believe if a lot of people were in my shoes they could accomplish the same kinds of things. So I’ve been very fortunate. … I don’t ever want to be the weak link.”

Why would Brad refer to himself as a weak link?

“I was the backup quarterback on an 0-8 team in my freshman year of high school,” Brady said. “I got to Michigan, I was seventh [string], and I had a hard time getting to be No. 2, and when I finally got to No. 1 there was someone else [Drew Henson] they wanted to be No. 1. I got to be a sixth-round pick behind a great player, Drew Bledsoe, and then I got an opportunity, and I’m still trying to take advantage of it. Part of who I am now is very much who I was, and that was cultivated growing up.”

Blog Author: 
Ryan Hannable

The Patriots were scheduled to make their first selection of the 2017 NFL draft at No. 72 overall, but that didn’t happen because they traded down to No. 83.

A few weeks after the draft, now we know why the Patriots traded down.

The Patriots reportedly wanted to draft Indiana OL Jay Feeney. (Jeremy Brevard/USA Today Sports)

The Patriots reportedly wanted to draft Indiana OL Jay Feeney. (Jeremy Brevard/USA Today Sports)

The Patriots were scheduled to make their first selection of the 2017 NFL draft at No. 72 overall, but that didn’t happen because they traded down to No. 83.

A few weeks after the draft, now we know why the Patriots traded down.

The player they wanted to select was taken the pick before at No. 71, according to ESPN’s Mike Reiss.

That player was Indiana offensive lineman Dan Feeney, who the Chargers selected at No. 71. New England then traded pick No. 72 to the Titans for picks Nos. 84 and 124.

It is a little interesting considering the Patriots extended center David Andrews last week. If the Patriots did select Feeney, they likely would not have been able to extend Andrews, as Feeney would likely have been the center of the future.

Feeney was named to the First Team all-Big Ten last year and was a two-time All-American.

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Blog Author: 
Ryan Hannable

This has been an emotional year for the Brady family as Tom’s mom Galynn has battled cancer for well over 12 months. She attended only one game this season due to the illness, and that was Super Bowl LI — the best of them all.

This has been an emotional year for the Brady family as Tom’s mom Galynn has battled cancer for well over 12 months. She attended only one game this season due to the illness, and that was Super Bowl LI — the best of them all.

On Mother’s Day, Tom posted a picture of his entire extended family at the Super Bowl with a special message for his mom. It read: Happy Mother’s Day Mom. Looking at this photo makes us all so proud. Without you none of this is possible. You are the kindest, gentlest, most loving mother a son could ever ask for. You have taught us what strength really means. Family is everything. We all love you so much.

Here is the post.

Blog Author: 
Ryan Hannable

Tom Brady has accomplished it all during his illustrious NFL career. And now, he can add being on the “Madden” cover to his list of accolades.

Tom Brady will be on the Madden cover for the first time this season.  (Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports)

Tom Brady will be on the Madden cover for the first time this season. (Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports)

Tom Brady has accomplished it all during his illustrious NFL career. And now, he can add being on the “Madden” cover to his list of accolades.

EA Sports will honor some of the league’s all-time best players in “Madden NFL 18: G.O.A.T. Edition.” Brady, who’s won five Super Bowl champions and two MVPs, seems like the perfect cover choice.

“The Madden NFL 18 cover is a great honor for me,” he said. “Especially since I have been playing the game since growing up next to EA headquarters in the Bay Area. I’m not one to believe in curses, so I’m ready to take the challenge head on like always! It doesn’t stand a chance!!!”

Rob Gronkowski, who was on the cover last season, succumbed to the infamous Madden Curse. He missed eight games due to injury and was forced to watch Super Bowl 51 from the sidelines after undergoing back surgery.

The cover and official trailer for the game are below:

 

Blog Author: 
Alex Reimer

Now that Aaron Hernandez’s murder conviction has been overturned, former Patriots linebacker Willie McGinest thinks Robert Kraft is going to

The Patriots might be obligated to pay Aaron Hernandez's estate $6 million. (Keith Bedford/The Boston Globe)

The Patriots might be obligated to pay Aaron Hernandez’s estate $6 million. (Keith Bedford/The Boston Globe)

Now that Aaron Hernandez’s murder conviction has been overturned, former Patriots linebacker Willie McGinest thinks Robert Kraft is going to pay the disgraced ex-NFL star’s family the guaranteed money remaining on his contract.

Under Massachusetts law, a defendant’s convictions are void if he doesn’t exhaust all of his legal appeals upon his passing. Judge Susan Garsh exonerated Hernandez Tuesday, because he was in the process of appealing his first-degree murder conviction when he hanged himself in his cell last month.

With Hernandez now technically an innocent man, the Patriots may be forced to pay his estate roughly $6 million in the form of a $3.5 million signing bonus and $2.5 million in guaranteed salary.  In an interview with TMZ Sports, McGinest said he predicts Kraft will pony up the cash.

“Mr. Kraft is a little more sentimental towards the lives that are lost and not really the money,” he said. “At the end of the day, it affected two families. There’s a little girl with no father and there’s a family with no son. At the end of the day, the money is minute, because you’re talking about lives and a tragedy that happened. Mr. Kraft has a heart. At the end of the day, he understands that that little girl is probably never going to have the means or a father or somebody in her life. And if it’s the law, then he’s a law abiding citizen. You’ve got to follow the law.”

Even though Hernandez’s murder conviction is void, the Patriots will likely argue he was in breach of his contract. On WEEI’s OM&F earlier this week, sports law expert Daniel Wallach said it’s unlikely the Patriots will be forced to pay, because Hernandez wasn’t available to play football after he was arrested for the 2013 Odin Lloyd shooting.

Blog Author: 
Alex Reimer