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Brady on Sports Illustrated cover: 'Never thought any of this would ever happen'

Brady on Sports Illustrated cover: 'Never thought any of this would ever happen'

Since becoming the Patriots starting quarterback, Tom Brady has graced the cover of Sports Illustrated 21 times. The latest coming this past week. The issue is entitled “The Patriot Problem.” The photo featuring a giant Brady with a bunch of NFL stars/lilliputians hanging off his body or at his feet. During Tuesday morning’s weekly interview with Kirk and Callahan on WEEI, Gerry Callahan wondered about Brady’s thoughts on that, and also on what it means to be a repeat cover boy. Turns out little Tommy Brady in San Mateo, California, was just like most of us, only his athletic dreams actually have come true.

“I saw it on social media,” he said. “I didn’t get a real copy. As a kid I did. I collected all of those and would actually tear out the covers and put them on the walls. That was the wallpaper for my bedroom for about five years of my life , , , 

“I never thought any of this would ever happen. I’d never thought I'd be in the situation I’m in. It’s pretty incredible, really. I’m very grateful, and still grateful I get a chance to do something I love to do, which is to keep playing and keep competing. It’s been such a part of my life for so many years. I don’t know what I’d do without it.”

Back then, Brady read those magazines cover to cover. Now, when it comes to football previews and game write-ups, what’s the point? He knows more than the writers do.

“In a way, I feel like I’m more - I’ve been watching pro football for 18 years - I’m an expert analyst,” he said. 

Plus Brady understands a tea can look one way on paper, but once the season starts to play out, many times you can just throw all that hoopla right out the window.

“A lot of things change over the course of a season,” he noted. “I mean how many teams are hopeful now? 32.  Two months from now they’ll probably be half as many. There are a lot of reasons why so you just have to go out and earn it. It’s not about predictions, or projections. It’s just about doing it.”

At 40 years of age, with a wealth of knowledge and experience that has allowed Brady, in his own words, to “have all the answers to the test,” he’s also wise enough to know that even his team, with it’s past history and current roster, has done absolutely nothing when it comes to the 2017-18 season.

“I’ve been on some great teams and you don’t really realize they are great until they have done it,” he said. “Even when I think of some of the great teams early in my career, I didn’t realize how many good players we had until you reflect on that year and go, ‘Man, those were incredible players I played with.’ At the time you are just in competition, so we’ll be competing hard. We have guys that have been working hard and buying into what coach is teaching us in the practices and so forth. The thing about football is you have to earn it and you have to earn it every day. It’s not roll your helmets out there and expect to win. We have to go do it. You have to put the work in, you have to put the effort, the commitment, the discipline, and all those things it takes that we talk about you need to do in order to achieve your goals. We’re not there yet. Hopefully it is good enough this week.”

Raiders' Marshawn Lynch suspended game for shoving official

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Raiders' Marshawn Lynch suspended game for shoving official

NEW YORK - Oakland running back Marshawn Lynch was suspended for one game without pay by the NFL on Friday for shoving a game official during the Raiders' victory over Kansas City on Thursday night.

Lynch was ejected from the game after he shoved line judge Julian Mapp.

The scuffle started when Oakland quarterback Derek Carr was hit late on a run by Kansas City's Marcus Peters midway through the second quarter. Raiders offensive linemen Kelechi Osemele and Donald Penn immediately confronted Peters, and Lynch sprinted onto the field from the bench to join the fray. Mapp tried to break up the fight, but Lynch pushed him and grabbed his jersey. Lynch also got a personal foul.

NFL vice president of football operations Jon Runyan wrote a letter to Lynch, saying:

"You made deliberate physical contact with one of our game officials as he was diffusing an active confrontation between players. You were disqualified for your inappropriate and unsportsmanlike actions. Your conduct included pushing the game official and grabbing his jersey. ... You were not directly involved in the active confrontation that the game official was attempting to diffuse, nor were you a participant in the play that initiated the confrontation. You were the only player from either team who ran from the sideline to midfield to insert himself into a situation in which he was not directly involved."

Lynch will be eligible to return to Oakland's active roster on Oct. 30, the day after the Raiders' game against the Buffalo Bills.

Lynch finished the game with two carries for 9 yards.

The Raiders rallied to win 31-30 on a touchdown pass by Carr on the final play, and Lynch was in the locker room after the game congratulating his teammates.

Lynch came out of retirement this season and was traded from Seattle to the Raiders. Lynch said he wanted to make a comeback so he could give something back to his hometown of Oakland before the Raiders move to Las Vegas in 2020.

Lynch has rushed for 266 yards and two touchdowns in seven games.

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