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Andrews had to disobey babysitter to watch Brady’s first Super Bowl

Andrews had to disobey babysitter to watch Brady’s first Super Bowl

MINNEAPOLIS -- Part of Tom Brady's job at this stage in his career is to connect with players who are often 15 years younger than he is. Or more. 

He's been open in discussing how that hasn't always been easy. His off-the-field life is vastly different than that of many of his teammates. His tastes in music and movies may stray from theirs, as well. But Brady has worked at it, and he's developed some strong relationships with teammates who were small children when Brady won his first Super Bowl back in February of 2002.

Perhaps the best illustration of Brady's ever-evolving interpersonal relationships with younger Patriots in the locker room is the one he has with his center David Andrews. The pair, due in large part to their proximity on the field, have basked together in some of the best wins in Patriots history. Andrews was one of the first to celebrate with Brady after James White scored the game-winning touchdown in Super Bowl LI. Andrews was also the one jogging off the field with Brady in Pittsburgh earlier this season as Brady shouted at fans, "How 'bout that!"

Andrews explained on Tuesday that he'd spent about a week in the Patriots facilities his rookie year before Brady went out of his way to make him feel at home. For an undrafted rookie, and the backup to Bryan Stork at the time, it was a memorable introduction.  

"[Rookies] were kind of working out on our own for a week or something, I can't really remember, but I remember when the veterans started to roll back in," Andrews said. "He's walking in the hallway. I came out. Walked out of the cafeteria, and there he was. 

"He was just like, 'Hey, David. 'I'm Tom Brady.' This guy knows an undrafted rookie's name? That was a huge impression and something I'll always remember."

Andrews had watched Brady from afar for years. He was nine years old when Brady took the field at the Superdome to take on the Rams in Brady's first Super Bowl. 

"I remember the Titans-Rams game, and then I think it was the next year, Rams-Brady," Andrews said. "I think it was one of the first Super Bowls I really remember as a kid growing up. Just kinda seeing that like, 'Oh, who's this Tom Brady guy?' It just kind of snowballed from there. He became who he is now. 

"I think I had a babysitter that first Super Bowl he was in. I think [my parents] were at a party that I couldn't go to. That year the babysitter was like, 'You're going to bed.' I was like, 'Yeah, I'm gonna watch this game.' "

Sixteen years later, the 40-year-old quarterback is receiving snaps from Andrews for a chance to win his sixth Super Bowl -- his second with the 25-year-old fellow team captain who only vaguely remembers Brady's first.

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Devin McCourty clarifies Malcolm Butler comments

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Devin McCourty clarifies Malcolm Butler comments

Patriots safety Devin McCourty, who said last week that he and his teammates knew Malcolm Butler wouldn't be starting in the Super Bowl, tried to clarify those comments in a SiriusXM radio interview Friday.

So, the players knew Butler wasn't starting, but as far as Butler not playing (he had one special teams appearance) at all? That mystery remains unsolved. 

McCourty stuck with the Patriot Way when asked in the SiriusXM interview if Butler would've helped the defense that surrendered 41 points to the Eagles in the Super Bowl.

"A lot hurt us...we didn't stop anything defensively...we can go down the list of Hall of Famers we could have used," McCourty said. 
 

Report: Bennett wants to keep playing, will it be with Pats?

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Report: Bennett wants to keep playing, will it be with Pats?

The Patriots tight end situation is in a state of flux as Rob Gronkowski contemplates retirement. Another Patriots tight end who was thinking about retirement, Martellus Bennett, wants to continue playing, according to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network.

Bennett, who turns 31 next month, had a short second stint with the Patriots last season. He rejoined them after a controversial departure from Green Bay but only played in two games and caught six passes before he was placed on injured reserve with a hamstring injury in November. In 2016, he played in all 16 games for the Patriots and caught 55 passes for 701 yards (12.7 yards per catch).