After the past year and a half, did you really expect Tom Brady to NOT be on this list?
The Sporting News’ “40 most hated NFL players of all time: loudmouths, cheaters and criminals” has TB12 coming in at No. 5, right between Greg Hardy at No. 4 and Ray Lewis at No. 6.
We knew the rest of the country wasn’t in love with the Patriots’ four-time Super Bowl champion quarterback (remember the booing at the Super Bowl 50 pregame ceremony for the game’s MVPs?), but that’s a little harsh.
The Top 10
1. Michael Vick
2. Terrell Owens
3. Ndamukong Suh
4. Greg Hardy
5. Tom Brady
6. Ray Lewis
7. Bill Romanowski
8. Ben Roethlisberger
9. Adam “Pacman” Jones
10. Adrian Peterson
Gee, there's an awful lot of court cases on that list that don’t involve the inflation of footballs. The Sporting News says it didn't consider O.J. Simpson, Aaron Hernandez or Ray Lewis for its list, saying it was choosing to "narrow its focus to those players who were hated while they were on the field."
Near the bottom of the Top 40 are a couple of Pats back-to-back: Rodney Harrison checking in at No. 37 and Rob Gronkowski at No. 38.
Martellus Bennett is moving on from the game of football.
The former Patriots tight end announced his retirement Friday night on Twitter, stating he is shifting his focus to his multimedia production company, The Imagination Agency.
Bennett, 31, had 55 receptions for 701 yards and seven touchdowns in 16 games during the 2016 season with New England. After rejoining the Patriots in 2017, Bennett battled hamstring and shoulder injuries but did play in two games, catching six passes for 53 yards.
Bennett also played with the Cowboys, Giants, Bears, and Packers over the course of his 10-year career.
An arrest has been made in the Super Bowl week burglary at Rob Gronkowski's house.
Foxboro police announced Friday they have arrested 31-year-old Anthony Almeida, who has been charged with breaking and entering, receiving stolen property and malicious destruction of property.
The police also said they are searching for two other suspects, 26-year-old Shayne Denn and 28-year-old Eric Tyrrell.
Items taken from Gronkowski's house in the burglary included an Apple Watch, Rolex, and rare coins from the 1800s. Fortunately, those items have been recovered and Gronk will be getting them back. Police are still searching for the guns that were stolen from the house.