Brady keeps vote to himself; 'hopeful and optimistic' country can move forward'

Brady keeps vote to himself; 'hopeful and optimistic' country can move forward'

When Tom Brady was on with WEEI's Kirk and Callahan Show last week -- one day before Election Day -- he told the hosts that he hadn't voted yet, but he insisted he would tell them who he voted for the following week. Later that night, Donald Trump dropped Brady's name while at a rally in Manchester, New Hampshire, telling the crowd that Brady had called him to tell him he voted for him. 

Then Trump became President-elect Trump.

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Two days later, at Gillette Stadium, Brady was asked if he had given Trump permission to use his name during the rally. Brady didn't want to get into it. It comes as little surprise then that on Monday morning, the day after falling to the Seahawks, 31-24, Brady told the show that he wanted to continue to keep his distance from any sort of political discussion.

"I'm not talking politics anymore, guys," Brady said when asked for his presidential choice. "I'm just not. I got other things to worry about. Just speaking with my family, it's just a bad idea. I know, you guys, I told you I would, then after I told you I would, I changed my mind."

Pressed further on the subject of permission, Brady held his ground.

"I just don't want to get into it, guys," he said. "I really don't. There's nothing positive that comes of it. And there's just been so much negativity over the last week. I'm a positive person. I just want to keep things positive."

When Brady was asked if he was happy that his friend would be in the White House, Brady did attempt to spin things forward in a positive manner without revealing his political leanings.

"Like I said, yeah, I don't want to express any emotions or feelings of how I feel," he said. "You know what I am? I'm hopeful and optimistic that our country can, you know, move forward. I'm happy the election's over. I'm sure a lot of other people are. And I'm going to focus on football."

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. 


Eyeing a QB, Jets trade up to No. 3 pick

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Eyeing a QB, Jets trade up to No. 3 pick

After missing out on coveted free-agent quarterback Kirk Cousins, who signed with the Minnesota Vikings, the Jets signed Teddy Bridgewater and brought back Josh McCown as short-term solutions at QB, but with the trade they made with the Colts on Saturday, their future franchise QB could be drafted next month.

The Jets acquired the No. 3 overall pick in the April 26 draft from the Indianapolis Colts in exchange for the sixth overall pick, two 2018 second-round picks (37th and 49th) and a 2019 second-rounder.

UCLA's Josh Rosen, Oklahoma's Baker Mayfield, Wyoming's Josh Allen and USC's Sam Darnold are considered the top QBs in the draft. The Cleveland Browns and New York Giants have the first two picks, the Browns have No. 4, too, and could be eyeing a QB. Penn State running back Saquon Barkley could be among the top picks as well. 

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