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How David Andrews can relate to Michael Jordan after watching 'The Last Dance'

How David Andrews can relate to Michael Jordan after watching 'The Last Dance'

Like millions of Americans, David Andrews was transfixed by ESPN's "The Last Dance," its documentary series on Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls.

Like very few Americans, the New England Patriots center actually can empathize with what Jordan and the 1990s Bulls went through.

Andrews has been with New England for two of its six Super Bowl championships, so he knows how hard it is to not only win a title but come back the next year and sustain that success.

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So, when Jordan admitted in "The Last Dance" that one of his primary emotions after winning a championship was relief, it struck a chord with Andrews.

"After championships, it's tough. Like, it's so draining," Andrews said in a recent chat with NBC Sports Boston's "The Camera Guys."

"They talked about the relief part of it -- (Jordan) was like, 'It was kind of like a sigh of relief' -- and I think that win, lose or draw, there's a sigh of relief at the end of the season, because you've been in it (and) you're coming up for fresh air a little bit."

Jordan's Bulls won three straight championships on two separate occasions, a remarkable accomplishment considering the Patriots only repeated as champs once (2003 and 2004) under Bill Belichick and Tom Brady.

New England had already won four Super Bowl titles when Andrews arrived in 2015, though, and he now sees a parallel between Jordan's Bulls and the Patriots team he joined as a rookie.

"You see just the leadership qualities that (Jordan) had and the drive that he had," Andrews said. "Being a part of the Patriots and such a great franchise, that's something you learn coming in very quickly.

"As a younger player watching older players, guys like (Devin) McCourty, Julian (Edelman), Matthew Slater -- or for me, (offensive linemen) Nate Solder (and) Sebastian Vollmer -- watching those guys go day-in and day-out, how they competed, how they attacked it and their process, it really shows you why the teams like that have success."

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Andrews obviously saw shades of Jordan in Brady, too, especially after Jordan delivered a line in "The Last Dance" defending his tough love of teammate Scotty Burrell.

"I think Mike even talked about it: 'When the pressure's on, when it's tough out there, do I know I can count on you?' " Andrews said. 

"I think that's something I've noticed a lot of our great leaders do. It's not just them, but you building that trust in them and knowing that I'm not going to snap the ball wrong or whatever it may be.' "

The Patriots no longer have their "Jordan" after Brady signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in free agency. But Andrews is set to return in 2020 after missing the 2019 season due to blood clots and hopes to continue New England's tradition of success.

Check out Andrews' full chat with "The Camera Guys" on YouTube below:


Keith Foulke: Current MLB players are so worried about their brand

Keith Foulke: Current MLB players are so worried about their brand

Life for a Major League Baseball player today is completely different than it was a decade ago.

Just ask former Boston Red Sox closer Keith Foulke, who during his playing career never had to worry about posting a controversial tweet or slipping up and saying something questionable on a live stream. The 2004 World Series champion played from 1997 to 2008, which means he got out just before social media took over.

Foulke recently caught up with NBC Sports Boston's Camera Guys and discussed what it's like for today's big leaguers, who have so much attention on them at all times.

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"They're playing for so much money now. The social media part of it is, I mean, I don't even know how you measure it," Foulke said. "Anywhere you go, you're always with somebody. You know? There's always a camera on you, there's always somebody who wants to write about what you're doing, what you're eating, what you're buying, whatever it is. They really do have to be careful because if they step out of line, all of a sudden it looks bad. It's out there for millions and millions of people.

"It's not like me back in the day running my mouth about somebody. Everybody in the country, in the world, will literally know it, and so it looks bad for them and it looks bad for the ballclub. And when the ballclub starts taking heat, that's where all that stuff starts coming down from up top. Sometimes they've got to pull the reins on you. So their generation has grown up not being able to be a unique individual. You've got to wait until you're 10 years (in) and you're making a couple hundred million dollars before they kind of let the reins go and you can kind of be a jackass."

A recent example of this is Tampa Bay Rays ace Blake Snell stating on a Twitch stream that he won't take another pay cut to play this season amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Within minutes of Snell making those comments, the clip was all over social media for the world to see.

As much as that kind of scrutiny can prevent some players from showing their true personalities, it can be argued that social media is a great tool for other players to build their brands. Plenty of Major Leaguers including Snell, Trevor Bauer, Bryce Harper, and Alex Bregman have used social media to show their lives outside of baseball and connect with fans.

Of course, that kind of exposure comes with its fair share of risks.

For the full interview with Foulke, check out the video below:

Bruins redecorate the visitors' locker room in St. Louis for a little motivation

Bruins redecorate the visitors' locker room in St. Louis for a little motivation

It seems the Bruins have already done a little redecorating in the visitors' locker room at the Enterprise Center in St. Louis.

Framed photos of Zdeno Chara hoisting the Stanley Cup in 2011 and Bobby Orr swigging champagne from it in '72, as well as another of David Krejci smooching Lord Stanley's trophy eight years ago,  now adorn the walls of the room.

The images were captured by the NBC Sports Boston Camera Guys who tweeted the video that features Charlie Coyle and David Pastrnak talking about the motivation the photos provide. 

The Bruins look to take a 2-1 series lead tonight in Game 3, the first Stanley Cup Final game played in St. Louis since Orr's crew swept the Blues back in '70.

“Just little reminders of what it could be like, what’s here for us, what’s at stake, and the great opportunity in front of us,” Coyle said. “Always catch yourself looking around and just, kind of, taking it in. It’s a really good touch.”

Said Pastrnak: "It's what you've worked for your whole life."

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