According to various reports on Wednesday (Apr. 18th, 2018), New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady has yet to commit to playing this upcoming season.
Brady led the Patriots to the Super Bowl last season, but was unable to deliver the franchise its sixth national championship. Instead, Philadelphia celebrated its first-ever Super Bowl – the win was the squad’s first against the Patriots in the ‘big game’ since falling to New England in 2004.
Brady, who will turn 41 in August, has told multiple outlets over the years that he would like to play beyond his 40th birthday, but has recently been focused on spending more time with his family.
The news of Brady’s uncertainty to play this season adds another wrinkle to what has been a very bizarre offseason for the Patriots, which has seen multiple players from last year’s squad, including Malcolm Butler, Nate Solder, Brandin Cooks and Danny Amendola depart New England to sign with other teams.
Additionally, news continues to surface about Rob Gronkowski‘s future – will he remain in New England or pursue other opportunities such as wrestling or acting? We will have to wait and find out!
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Welcome into a brand new edition – well, technically a Tuesday edition – of the Daily Noontime on NoontimeSports.com.
Let’s get you ready for a great day, beginning with some news and notes from around the sports and entertainment world.
We begin with Russell Westbrook, who was named the NBA’s most valuable player last night at the league’s inaugural award show. Westbrook enjoyed an amazing and historic season by tallying 42 triple-doubles.
After Russell received the special honor, he announced (jokingly!) that he would ‘kick your ass’ to the following players: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Shaquille O’Neal, Dikembe Mutombo, Alonzo Mourning and David Robinson.
I am not the biggest comic book guy, but did enjoy the Spider-Man movies from a few years ago – you know, the ones with Tobey Maguire, but I do plan on seeing this film when it opens on Friday, July 7th.
This past weekend, Tufts University’s Chance Brady etched his name into the program’s record book, rushing for four touchdowns in his team’s 35-16 win over Williams College.
Brady, who finished the game with 157 yards on 26 carries and four scores, bumped his career touchdown total to 25 touchdowns, erasing the original mark of 24 scores, which was held by Paul Dresens (1985-88) and Dan Morse (1995-98).
In addition to establishing a new rushing touchdown mark, Brady became the most recent Jumbo to rush for four scores in a single-game – the last Tufts player to accomplish the feat was Damon Adams in 1995.
“It is a tremendous accomplishment,” Brady said when asked about rushing for 25 touchdowns.
Brady was tabbed this week’s New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Offensive Player of the Week and currently leads the conference through five games with nine touchdowns and 596 rushing yards.
Following his impressive performance against the Ephs, Noontime Sports caught up with Brady to discuss his rushing success, the team’s outlook against Amherst College – this week’s opponent – and his favorite Boston sports moment of all-time.
When you entered last Saturday’s game, did you know how close you were to breaking the record?
Yes, I knew I was (close), but I never imagined that I was going to accomplish (it against Williams). It was a season goal for me.
You currently lead the NESCAC in numerous rushing categories, so what’s been the secret to your success this season?
The offensive line has been the reason for everything I’ve accomplished (this season). Without those guys fighting for me on every play, I wouldn’t be enjoying this much success. Football is a team game and those guys are the ultimate competitors.
Last year, you were named the NESCAC Offensive Player of the Year – I know that seems long ago, but what did that particular honor mean to you?
It meant so much to be recognized (by the conference). I really enjoyed how it brought attention to our program because we fought so hard (last season) to become a top dog in this league.
Your team returns to the gridiron this weekend when you travel to Amherst College. What is the biggest key to success this weekend?
We have to be the most physical team on the field. It’s looks like it will be another cold and rainy game on Saturday, so we have to bring the mental and physical fortitude that we brought last week.
What’s the biggest goal facing the team over these final few weeks?
Our biggest goal is to win a NESCAC championship. The only way to accomplish that is to win one game (each week), so the biggest goal is (to focus on) Amherst this week.
With this being your final season with the Jumbos, have you been able to look back or reflect on your time with the program?
Nostalgia has not kicked in yet because every week is a new work week. I’m sure when the final whistle blows I’ll start looking back on my time with the program.
Tell me about majoring in History – what interested you in this particular major?
History has always intrigued me because you can see the patterns over time (and how they impacted the next decade or generation). Knowing the history of how something came to be can help you understand how it will develop (going forward).
Three favorite movies?
Good Will Hunting, Forrest Gump and Crazy, Stupid, Love.
Three songs on your iPhone (or iPod) now?
‘Chiraq’ by Tyga featuring The Game
‘Fake Love’ by Drake
‘Pull The Trigger’ by Russ
What is your favorite non-football activity and why?
Basketball. I love playing pick-up ball and getting a chance to compete (whenever I play in a pick-up game).
Finally, being from Massachusetts, what is your all-time favorite Boston sports memory?
When the New England Patriots won the Super Bowl (last February 2015). I remember Tom Brady’s bone chilling speech about honoring your family, Julian Edelman catching the (go-ahead)/game-winning touchdown and Malcolm Butler’s game-saving interception.
One more game remains on the 2014 NFL Schedule: Super Bowl XLIX.
New England versus Seattle, clam chowder and great seafood versus Starbucks and the artists. Bill Belichick against Pete ‘How ‘Bout Our Defense’ Carroll, Tom Brady versus Russell Wilson, and East Coast versus West Coast.
The list goes on and on, but this Super Bowl has a different meaning. Instead of two teams competing for the ultimate prize – the Vince Lombardi Trophy (Yes, I used Lombardi’s first name) – this game is about the Patriots against the World.
Everyone wants to see the Patriots crumble, especially against a defense – The Legion of Boom – that is prepared to burst through the line of scrimmage on each snap. Fans want to see New England – a team that has been under scrutiny for the past two weeks because of “Deflate Gate” – lose.
This is the NFL, the most popular sport in the North America, and instead of getting excited about two great teams competing for a championship, we’ve been wrapped up in Deflate Gate, as well as pondering the question: Is Tom Brady a cheater?
Belichick’s mantra has always been to ignore the noise, and you can bet New England did that this week while preparing for their final test. Say what you want – go ahead, are they cheaters? – but the Patriots first faced adversity when they finished the month of September with an excruciating loss to the Kansas City Chiefs.
Against Kansas City, Brady completed 14 of 23 passes for 159 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions. Brandon LaFell hauled in six catches for 119 yards, including one touchdown reception, while the defense allowed 26 first downs 443 yards.
Yep, the Patriots were done after this game. At 2-2, the “experts” said it was time for Brady to take a seat and make way for Jimmy Garoppolo.
Yet, as I stated above, the Patriots ignored the noise, turned their attention to their week five opponent: Cincinnati Bengals. And in a span of six days, the Patriots went from non-contenders to contenders, blowing out their opponent by a score of 43-17.
Following their win, New England rattled off seven straight wins, including victories against Denver, Indianapolis and San Diego. They finished atop the AFC East again – surprise, surprise! – and claimed home-field advantage throughout the playoffs.
Still think the Patriots should have folded following their 2-2 start?
In the postseason, they earned impressive wins against Baltimore (35-31) and Indianapolis (45-7). Their win against the Ravens featured a formation that continues to baffle John Harbaugh – Baltimore’s head coach – but again, did that faze these Pats?
The answer: nope!
Say all you want about Belichick, who was punished for SpyGate in 2007, but the man knows the game of football. He knows how to coach a team, which is ready and prepared to compete against the Seahawks, who humiliated Peyton Manning and the Broncos literally one year ago.
So, while you may think that Deflate Gate or SpyGate or any sort-of-gate is going to bring down these Patriots, think again.
Tonight, we could see history play out in Arizona as Brady and Belichick look to capture their fourth Super Bowl crown since the 2001 season. Sure, it is the same playing field that saw these Patriots conclude their almost perfect season to the New York Giants, but this team is clearly different from the 18-1 squad.
My prediction: I like the Patriots against the Seahawks. It will be close, but New England will squeak past Seattle, claiming their fourth Lombardi trophy, setting up an interesting handshake between Patriots owner Robert Kraft and the Commissioner of the NFL Roger Goodell.
Again, say what you want – call them cheaters or benders-of-the-rules, but these Patriots will ignore the noise and figure out a way to conclude a controversial season with some hardware.
Thursday’s preseason match between the New England Patriots and New Orleans Saints is officially in the books, as the Pats earned a 7-6 victory. New England will return to the gridiron in 10 days when they host the Philadelphia Eagles, but before that particular kick-off, here are some links/stories from their one-point victory.