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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.”

Report: Patriots to sign Kenny Britt

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Report: Patriots to sign Kenny Britt

According to ESPN’s Field Yates, the Patriots will sign veteran receiver Kenny Britt. 

Britt, who was released by the Browns last week, has seen injuries and off-field issues interfere with a promising career since being chosen 30th overall by the Titans in 2009. He was suspended for four games in 2012, his final season with the Titans, before playing the next season with the Rams. This was his first season with the Browns, but he was released after making 18 catches over nine games. 

Why did Malcolm Butler retweet this graphic about Jay Cutler carving up the Patriots?

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Why did Malcolm Butler retweet this graphic about Jay Cutler carving up the Patriots?

This makes me feel like Felger, so apologies.

Malcolm Butler might not love Bill Belichick the GM, and there’s a chance he’s made some light commentary on Belichick the coach. 

After Monday night’s Patriots loss to the Dolphins, a Pro Football Focus graphic was posted detailing how well Jay Cutler did when the Patriots blitzed him. It was retweeted from Butler’s account. 

Though Butler un-retweeted it by Tuesday morning, the retweet was an interesting act. Twenty blitzes (by how PFF measures blitzes) is a high number. Was Butler just pointing out that Cutler had a good game or suggesting that maybe the Pats shouldn’t have kept blitzing when Cutler was responding to them so well. Might be a shot at Belichick or Matt Patricia. Might be something else. Might have misread "Cutler" for "Butler" and thought he was retweeting a compliment. Reading into social media is a gas.