By Jimmy Toscano
Patriots quarterback Tom Brady makes headlines for numerous reasons -- most of them good, and about football.
But, Brady is also a celebrity, having married supermodel Gisele Bundchen, and he's watched by far too many people around the world -- and not just when he's on the football field.
For those reasons, unfortunately, there are a few headlines that Patriots fans would like to forget. Like the time(s) he wore Uggs. Or, the time he danced at that Carnival in Rio de Janeiro. Ugh...
Or (yes, there's more) that time he slid down the water slide like a young child.
Brady was reminded of one of those moments by CSNNE's Tom E. Curran Wednesday afternoon, when Curran asked him if, like Chad Ochocinco, Brady would require a few necessary things if he were to stay with somebody as a house guest.
"That's pretty good," Brady said with a laugh, when Curran asked if a water slide would be a requirement. "I'm pretty easy to satisfy. I don't think Chad is quite as easy to satisfy as I'd be. Those beds they have in the locker room over here, those would work for me. It wouldn't take much. No water slides."
Oh, Tom . . . why'd you have to go out that day?! Why couldn't you have stayed inside and played Xbox with your future teammate?
FOXBORO -- Stephen Gostkowski is almost 34 years old, but in Mexico City he provided a reminder that he's not slowing down in his 12th NFL season.
After going four-for-four on field goals -- including a team-record 62-yarder, a 51-yarder and a 40-yarder -- and making all three of his extra points, Gostkowski was named AFC Special Teams Player of the Week for the sixth time in his career.
During a press conference on Wednesday, Bill Belichick explained that someone in Gostkowski's situation probably isn't improving at this point in his career. But if he's maintaining a strong level of play, that's OK.
"I don’t know how much real improvement you’re going to see from a player that’s been in the league 12 or 20 years in a case like Adam [Vinatieri] or somebody like that," Belichick said. "But, if the level they’re performing at is pretty good, if they can maintain that, then that’s certainly enough to help the team.
"Are there things that a player can do better? Yeah, sure, there always are technique things. I think Steve has really improved in some of his alternative kicks on kickoffs, as an example, instead of just kicking every ball as far as he can. He’s done a great job of that. I’d say it’s maintaining the timing and the overall leg speed and technique that makes kickers good at their job."
Former Patriots Randy Moss, Ty Law and Richard Seymour are among 27 semifinalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2018.
In January, selectors will reduce the list to 15 finalists, who will join seniors Robert Brazile and Jerry Kramer and contributor Bobby Beathard on the final ballot. The annual selection meeting will take place Feb.y 3, the day before Super Bowl LII.
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