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Curran: No Moss in Patriots' future

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Curran: No Moss in Patriots' future

By Tom E. Curran
CSNNE.com
Last May, Randy Moss jettisoned his longtime agent Tim DiPiero. The logic, Moss explained, was that he believed a new agent would help him maximize his off-field earning power. "To all the agents out there, I am a free man!" Moss told IanRapoport ofThe Boston Herald. "I am looking for a new agent. I got this football thing under control, but going into my 13th year in the league, Im still marketable. "Im looking for an agent thats going to get me out there with my marketing ability," Moss added."I can shoot commercials. Thats what Im looking for right now that off-the-field money. I really wasnt into commercials, because I wanted to concentrate on one objective, being a better football player year-in and year-out. Now, late in my career, Im still thinking I have some marketing opportunities out there. I need an agent or agency thats going to get out there and find those business deals off the field.Turned out, he didn't really have the football thing under control. And that meant that, even though he hired the very successful Joel Segal in July to represent him, Moss has neither the football nor the off-the-field money he was looking for. It's been a stunning turn for the likely Hall of Famer and it's got to be considered a longshot for Moss to ever be more than a spare part with some team. He's just too dangerous to build around. And the mindset articulated above is proof of that. Earlier this week, Jason LaCanfora of the NFL Network theorized that a chastened Moss might be returning to New England. The truth is, Moss' 2010 resume makes him radioactive. A year after catching 83 passes for 1,264 yards and a league-leading 13 touchdowns, he caught just 28 balls for 393 yards and five touchdowns. After the Patriots had had enough of Moss, they traded him to Minnesota and he became the leaking gasoline truck that blew up Brad Childress' tenure there. One team claimed him on waivers - the Titans. Moss caught six balls in eight games, gave tepid effort and - while he isn't the reason Jeff Fisher's no longer Tennessee's coach - Moss contributed to the Tennessee malaise that led to Fisher's departure. Moss' main concern isn't playing football, it's making money. And anyone who's been listening for the last decade has heard Bill Belichick lob the praise "football is important to him" realizes how ill-fitting Randy Moss would be here. Never mind the fact that, after the Jets game last year, quarterback Tom Brady basically froze Moss out for his final two games in New England. Brady was tired of throwing picks on balls intended for Moss (he threw two against the Jets; he had just two more the rest of the regular season). Moss could say all the right things and make all the promises. But in the end, he's too dangerous to employ. Tom E. Curran can be reached at tcurran@comcastsportsnet.com. Follow Tom on Twitter at http:twitter.comtomecurran

Former Patriots defensive end Chris Long is donating his salary

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Former Patriots defensive end Chris Long is donating his salary

PHILADELPHIA - Chris Long is donating the rest of his year's salary to increase educational equality.

The Philadelphia Eagles' defensive end already gave up his first six game checks to provide two scholarships for students in Charlottesville, Virginia. Now, he's using the next 10 to launch the Pledge 10 for Tomorrow campaign.

"My wife and I have been passionate about education being a gateway for upward mobility and equality," Long told The Associated Press. "I think we can all agree that equity in education can help affect change that we all want to see in this country."

Long signed a two-year, $4.5 million contract with the Eagles, including a $500,000 signing bonus and $1.5 million guaranteed. His base salary in 2017 is $1 million.

The charitable initiative encourages people to make donations to improve equal education opportunities. Long began his career in St. Louis in 2008 and played for the Super Bowl champion New England Patriots last season. Long's foundation has selected four organizations whose missions focus on making education easily accessible to underserved youth while also providing students the support they need to develop strong social and emotional character.

The four organizations are based in the three communities in which Long has played during his NFL career. The city that raises the most money during the season will receive an additional $50,000 donation.

"There's a lot of opportunities to help out and they're wonderful organizations," Long said. "We have such a great platform as football players and hopefully fans get behind it."

Long grew up in Charlottesville and starred in high school at St. Anne's-Belfield before going to the University of Virginia. He was moved to start the scholarship program following the violent protests in Charlottesville in August.

"Our hometown is a wonderful place and I feel like people got the wrong idea about what the residents of Charlottesville are all about," he said.

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Gronkowski advises Hayward to treat rehab like anything else -- dominate

Gronkowski advises Hayward to treat rehab like anything else -- dominate

FOXBORO -- Rob Gronkowski's never suffered a break like the one Gordon Hayward did on Tuesday night, but he has been through enough to know what lies ahead as the Celtics forward stares at a lengthy recovery period.

"I saw it. I mean, I wish him nothing but wellness," Gronkowski said on Wednesday. "Hopefully he heals ASAP. You never want to see that with a player in any sport. When my friend showed me that last night, you get that feeling in your body, like, your heart drops. I wish him well.

"I can't wait to see him back. I know he's going to bounce back. Being here in Boston, he's going to be a hard worker it feels like. I can't wait to see him back."

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Multiple back surgeries, a plate in his arm, a surgically-repaired ACL . . . Gronkowski has put in his share of rehabilitation work. Asked if he'd give Hayward any advice as he embarks on his road back to normalcy, Gronkowski's message was simple.

"Just go into rehab just like you go into anything else. Dominate it," Gronkowski said. "Come back when you feel ready. Come back when you're 100 percent . . . He wouldn't be where he is now if he wasn't a hard worker. I don't know the guy. Never met him. But it's not something you want to see as an athlete happen to anyone else."

Gronkowski acknowledged that in his experience, one of the biggest hurdles following an injury like that is the mental one. You quickly go from being a powerful athlete to a patient in need of help with even the smallest of tasks. 

"There is a big mental challenge, definitely, with that," Gronkowski explained. "It's not just not being able to be with your teammates and all that. It's outside of football, too. Because it takes away your whole life, going out like that . . . You can't do anything. You can't walk. You gotta have people do [things for you]. You get really frustrated. You just want the people around you to help you out and keep you in the best mindset throughout the whole process."

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