BLOOMINGTON, Minn. -- Bill Belichick has made an effort this year to stump for certain names to be enshrined into the Hall of Fame.
In October, he called Rodney Harrison a "Hall of Fame-level player, in my opinion." In November, he said that former Cowboys vice president of player personnel Gil Brandt deserved to be enshrined in Canton, Ohio.
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On Saturday, Belichick had an opportunity to see three former players inducted into the Hall of Fame: Randy Moss, Ty Law and Everson Walls. Only Moss made the final cut, joining Brian Urlacher, Ray Lewis, Brian Dawkins, Terrell Owens, Jerry Kramer, Robert Brazile and Bobby Beathard in this year's class.
Earlier in the week, Belichick touted the careers of all three of his former players. He coached Moss in New England from 2007-2010. He was with Law as the defensive backs coach of the Patriots in 1996 and then served as his head coach from 2000-2004. Belichick coached Walls with both the Giants (1990) and the Browns (1992-1993).
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"They're all great players . . . They're all great players," Belichick said earlier in the week. "Different styles, different attributes that they have, but all great players. All certainly worthy of being in the discussion. It's hard for me, I don't really know what the criteria for the Hall of Fame is so it'd be hard for me to comment on that. But I had great experiences coaching those players. They performed very well . . . I have a tremendous amount of respect for all three that I coached."
Julian Edelman is grinding.
The New England Patriots receiver, who is recovering from an ACL repair surgery that ended his 2017 season, shared a quick video from his workout on Tuesday. Edelman is shown running with a resistance band and a trainer in-tow.
Edelman has posted a few tidbits on social media to show encouraging signs during his recovery since he got surgery in October after suffering an ACL tear in a preseason game. He was spotted around the locker room a few times during the final weeks of the 2017 season.
"Rehab is a [expletive]. It sucks," Edelman said in November on Barstool Sports' "Pardon My Take podcast." "You go in and you’re feeling decent and then you warm up, you beat it up and then you get stiff again. I mean it’s just a process and you go in six days a week and you’re going into work it, work on everything — your flexion, your extension."
Steelers tight end Jesse James is glad the Patriots' Super Bowl pursuit is done -- mostly because he played a big part in helping accelerate it.
In the final moments of the game, James failed to catch the ball during a Week 15 contest between the Steelers and the Patriots. The non-catch was a controversial one.
James told Centre Daily Times' Josh Moyer he finally felt relief on the morning after the Super Bowl when the Patriots fell to the Eagles, 41-33.
“I don’t feel like I gave them a Super Bowl with that,” James told the Daily Times. “So I’m over it now, but it’s going to be a topic of conversation until the rule gets changed — or it doesn’t.”
James' play was initially ruled a touchdown before the referees overturned the play, and took the lead away from the Steelers in the final moments of the game. Ben Roethlisberger then threw an interception a few plays later. By winning, the Patriots took a huge step in locking themselves into the AFC's top seed with a first-round bye and home field advantage throughout the playoffs, which they rode into the Super Bowl.
But of course, they couldn't finish their Super Bowl pursuit -- to James' satisfaction.