Brandon Meriweather: Pro Bowl players 'get dead drunk before the game'

Brandon Meriweather: Pro Bowl players 'get dead drunk before the game'

Brandon Meriweather’s five fines and two suspensions were enough to paint a pretty clear picture that he took some shots during his NFL career. 

But what does a hard-hitting safety do at the Pro Bowl, where defense is non-existent and hard-hitting is discouraged? Take the other kind of shots. Apparently like everybody else.


Making his weekly appearance on Toucher & Rich Wednesday, the former Patriots, Bears, Redskins and Giants safety said he learned in his two Pro Bowls that players are fixing to “get dead drunk before” the annual all-star game.  

[Editor’s note: For those who haven’t left the Northeast or don’t listen to music, “finna” is a colloquialism meaning “fixing to.”]

“I went to [my first Pro Bowl in 2010] and some people were like, ‘Look, man. I’m playing dead serious. I’m finna win this,’" Meriweather said. "And a lot -- most players are like, ‘Man, I’m finna get dead drunk before the game, man.’ They ain’t playing nothing." 

Asked which mentality he had, Meriweather responded, “depends on the year.”

“My first year going, I didn’t know what to expect,” he said. “The first couple of plays I was in, players were like, ‘Hey, chill out. What are you doing, man?’ After that, the next year I was like, ‘Man, I’m chilling. Ain’t nobody going to be playing hard. I’m chilling.’”

Meriweather said that before his second Pro Bowl the next season, he took “a shot or two.”

“It was just something to warm me up before the game,” he said. 

Report: Patriots special teams ace Slater visiting Steelers

Report: Patriots special teams ace Slater visiting Steelers

Patriots seven-time Pro Bowl special teamer Matthew Slater is in Pittsburgh on Saturday making a free-agent visit to the rival Steelers, according to an ESPN's Field Yates.

Slater, who turns 33 in September, has spent the past 10 seasons in a New England. The special teams captain and one of the leaders in the locker room signed a one-year, $1.8 million contract extension in 2016.

The Patriots lost special teamer Johnson Bademosi to the Texans in free agency on Friday but signed special teamers Brandon Bolden and Brandon King just before the free agency period began.

More to come...

Brady tests his 'Brady Bunch' knowledge on NPR

Brady tests his 'Brady Bunch' knowledge on NPR

Tom Brady has been making the media rounds lately with "Good Morning America" and "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert" appearances this past week to promote his "Tom vs. Time" series and TB12 Method book. On Saturday, Brady was a phone-in guest on NPR's "Wait, Wait...Don't Tell Me" for their "Not My Job" segment. 

Before a mostly cheering live audience in Hartford and after a discussion of the benefits and drawbacks - mostly drawbacks - of tomatoes and strawberries, plus an assessment of the intelligence of most defensive coordinators, Brady settled in to handle three questions about the world's second-most famous Bradys, the family from the classic sitcom - "The Brady Bunch".

Click here to listen and see how he did.