Jerod Mayo is not one of those New Englanders who are up in arms about the Patriots' decision to visit with Adrian Peterson.
"There's harm in bringing a guy like Adrian in," Mayo told Tom Curran on CSNNE's Quick Slants Tuesday. "You know he can run the ball. He's had some injuries over the past few years, but there are other running backs on this team. He won't play on third down. You still have Dion Lewis. You still have James White. But you don't have a LeGarrette Blount, a guy for first and second down. So it doesn't hurt to bring him in. It's only a plane ticket."
But what about the child injury charges?
"Well, first of all, you went all the way up to Kraft," Mayo said. "If Bill was to bring someone in with some baggage, Kraft has already checked off. He's already approved. So now he's in the locker room. And you as a player, you as a player have to accept this guy who he is. . . . But you walk in with a clean slate when you walk in that locker room."
She hadn't been able to get to a game all season, but Tom Brady had a feeling that his mom would be well enough to make it to the last one.
"He said, 'You'll be ready for the Super Bowl,' " Tom Brady Sr. told NFL Network's Andrea Kremer. "He told us that in the middle of the season. At the end of her five months was going to be two weeks before the Super Bowl."
Brady's mom, Galynn, was diagnosed with breast cancer in the summer of 2016 and was undergoing chemotherapy throughout that season. As she focused on her treatments (which were scheduled for Thursday mornings), Galynn and Tom Sr. spent Sundays watching their son's games from afar.
"Everything centered around 10 o'clock on Thursday morning," Tom Sr. said, "and then 10 o'clock on Sunday morning when we focused on the football games."
The Patriots continued to win, and the end of their season continued to be pushed back, making it possible for Galynn and Tom Sr. to attend their son's seventh Super Bowl. She was cleared for travel by her doctors on the day before the family's scheduled trip to Houston.
"I just wanted to be there for Tommy, and I wanted to be there with my family," she said. "Everybody was going to the Super Bowl, and I didn't want to miss that."
Kremer's piece aired Sunday on NFL Network's NFL GameDay Morning, as the league and the American Cancer Society work together this month on their Crucial Catch campaign. It's online now at NFL.com.