Vollmer shed 75 pounds, doesn't plan to play again

Vollmer shed 75 pounds, doesn't plan to play again

FOXBORO -- If you follow Sebastian Vollmer on Twitter, this won't come as much of a surprise: He's dropped 75 pounds, and he doesn't plan to continue his playing career.

That's what he confirmed to Sirius XM NFL Radio on Tuesday, speaking from the league's Broadcast Bootcamp. 

Vollmer was released by the Patriots back in March after spending eight seasons with the team. He spent last season on the physically unable to perform list as he dealt with a hip issue. 

In 2015, his final season on the field, he started at right tackle until both Nate Solder and Marcus Cannon went down with injuries early in the year prompting a switch to the left side. When Cannon returned, Vollmer remained on Tom Brady's blindside.

In seven seasons, the former second-round pick out of the University of Houston started 80 of the 88 games he played.

Despite being unable to play last season, Vollmer remained around the club and proudly participated in the team's post-Super Bowl celebrations. He was also active online throughout the course of the season, hosting "Seabass' School of German," and updating his Twitter account fairly regularly. 

Vollmer's weight loss became pretty apparent in the build-up to Super Bowl LI, as did his interest in joining the broadcasting ranks. It will be interesting to see what's next for Vollmer, whose unique backstory, history with the Patriots and understanding of the game would translate well in any media endeavors -- whether it's geared toward an English-speaking audience or a German-speaking one.

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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