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Tom Brady Officially 40 And Still Going Strong

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Patriots Talk: Tom Brady Officially 40 And Still Going Strong

It’s officially Tom Brady’s 40th birthday, and I doubt many of you haven’t already heard it for the hundredth time today. The Patriots Quarterback is officially starting his 18th season as the team’s starting QB, which is insane to think that he started all the way back in 2001. Many can go over the parades and celebrations as I am sure we will have this day memorized again come next off-season.

Many of TB12’s teammates like Julian Edelman and Rob Gronkowski have already been celebrating their older teammates’ birthday. Gronk, of course, celebrates with Touchdowns. He talked with reporters yesterday regarding what he plans to give Brady for his birthday:

“I get him touchdowns. You’ve got to catch the ball. That’s all he wants – his receivers, tight ends, running backs to catch the ball. – Rob Gronkowski”

Including the 5 goats dressed up in Number 12 uniforms at Gillette Stadium (which is clearly a homage to Brady’s latest nickname ‘The GOAT’ a.k.a Greatest Of All Time and his 5 Super Bowl rings), many are celebrating the QB’s birthday almost like it’s a holiday. All across the NFL, eyes are watching to see how he will perform now that Brady is no longer in his 30s.

How many players have made it past 40?

Let’s take a quick reminder that not many players perform like they do in old age. Especially, once they are past the 40-year mark. Players like Brett Farve, George Blanda, or Warren Moon played well into their 40s but ultimately, they needed to leave the game because of a number of hits they took.

Farve even recently stated that he can still make the throws he did when he was in the NFL, but his body can’t afford to take the hits anymore (considering he was addicted to pain killers back in his prime years, this is understandable).

Then, of course, the old timers like George Blanda had to switch to being a kicker once he was in his 40s.

The man wouldn’t retire till he was 48 years old, the longest any player has gone in the entire history of the NFL. (The only other player would be Morten Anderson, a kicker who played from 1982 till 2007).

Warren Moon played in the league when he had spent six years in the CFL after going undrafted in the 1978 draft, and won five Grey Cups from ’78-82.

Only then did he get a chance to play in the NFL in 1984 with the Houston Oilers when he was already 28 years old. (He retired from the NFL in 2000; the same year that Brady got drafted.)

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Nonetheless, we are in for an exciting season as the team is only a week away from their first preseason game against the Jacksonville Jaguars. Gronk said it best “There’s nowhere else he wants to spend it besides the football field.”

This was double confirmed today as Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald confirmed Brady as the first person at practice.

This will be quite the time to watch the team as they are the defending Super Bowl Champions for the 2017 season. Once again, Happy Birthday Tom!

 

Stephen is a Contributing Editor for Trifecta Sports Network and covers the New England Patriots and the NFL.

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Patriots Talk: Josh McDaniels And The Colts Wouldn’t Have Worked Out

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A Case of Behind The Scenes

 

 

Josh McDaniels and the Patriots thought their time to depart after their tough loss in Super Bowl 52 was unavoidable. However, not only did Josh McDaniels get extended, but its been many rumors that Robert Kraft had contacted McDaniels literally hours before he was suppose to take off Tuesday for Indianapolis.

 

It’s difficult to know anything within the Patriots’ organization as they have remained firm in not explaining what goes on behind closed doors. However, multiple sources over at ESPN for the past week since the story broke out about McDaniels’ abrupt decision to not become the Indiapolis Colts Head Coach. The way things broke down was that Kraft and Bill Belichick got together and sat down with McDaniels. With Defensive coordinator, Matt Patricia going to Detroit, this seemed like a desperation move to maintain the coaching staff from the previous season.

 

However, according to ESPN writer Mike Reiss, there was more to the situation then just that. In one of his articles regarding the McDaniels’ decision, he stated:

 

Belichick offered to include McDaniels on more of the inner workings of the organization, from roster construction to financial/salary-cap related considerations. That was viewed as “extremely valuable” to McDaniels. Ownership also endorsed it as a way to extend Belichick’s influence on the organization in future years, although no assurances were given to McDaniels that he would succeed Belichick. McDaniels, who a source confirmed got a significant raise, has privately said in the past that he did not want to be the coach who succeeds Belichick. Although he since may have changed his mind, McDaniels knows Belichick, after five Super Bowl victories, will be a hard act to follow.

Beyond financial and professional stability, McDaniels also was thinking of his family. He wanted a long-term commitment from the Patriots so his four children, ages 12 to 3, would be able to attend the same schools over the next several years. The transient life of a coach doesn’t always make that possible.

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Former NFL Official Claims Eagles Used Illegal Play To Win Super Bowl

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Did you have doubts that the Eagles lined up correctly on the Nick Foles touchdown catch?

Well, you are not the only one with a former analyst now claiming that Philly was indeed lined up illegally on the play.

Appearing on the Talk of Fame Network, former head of officiating and FOX rules analyst Mike Pereira said the Eagles were in fact lined up illegally.

“I know the league came out and said that it’s a judgment call, which it is,” Pereira said, via Pro Football Talk. “The down judge, who was the one that [the play] was on his side of the field, they felt that it was his judgment, and [receiver Alshon Jeffrey] was close enough. Well, he wasn’t. They lined up wrong.

“Not only that, it’s a trick play. And if you’re going to run a trick-type play, then you have to be lined up properly. You could either have six men on the line, or you could have an ineligible number lined up at the end of the line, which was the case. I know what the league has said, but they would have been a lot more comfortable if they would have called an illegal formation.

“We always use a yard [within the line of scrimmage], maybe a yard-and-a-half. But that’s two [yards], and even a little bit beyond two. It’s kind of one of those that has no effect on the play. I get it. But they didn’t line up properly. And it really should’ve been called.”

Bottom line is it was simply a judgment call be the officials, might have been the completely wrong judgment, but based on what we know about Super Bowl LII the New England Patriots were never going to win the game. The Malcolm Butler benching paired with Doug Pederson‘s mindset of keeping his foot on the gas and exposing New England’s weaknesses were the reasons the Patriots lost the game, not this particular play.

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Boston Herald Runs Ron Borges’s Tom Brady Hoax Story

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Thursday night Boston Herald reporter Ron Borges penned a story with this headline “Tom Brady wants to get paid like Jimmy G, or he’ll skip OTAs”. A headline and a story that was uncovered as a hoax on Friday.

The Kirk and Callahan show on WEEI revealed that one of their texters pretended to be Tom Brady’s agent Don Yee when texting Borges. The texter dubbed “Nick in Boston” informed Borges that Tom Brady intended to sit out New England’s preseason workouts unless he was paid like Jimmy Garoppolo who signed the largest deal in NFL history on Thursday.

K&C tweeted out the screenshots of texts with Borges outing the story as a complete and utter hoax.

Borges story was actually refuted right off the bat on Thursday night with both NBC Sports Boston and NESN claiming the story held no truth.

As for Borges, this is not his first major failure as a reporter. Since the Herald ran the story they are now looking into the matter.

Overall tricking Borges isn’t a great thing to do. Lying about someone’s identity is never nice with some reporters coming to the defense of Borges. But it is hard to have sympathy for a “journalist” that failed to check his sources and run with a story with only one source confirming of a major story.

Either way, there is no truth to a Brady holdout.

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