NFL

Tom Brady wields machete while riding horse to 'Old Town Road' song in new Twitter video

Tom Brady wields machete while riding horse to 'Old Town Road' song in new Twitter video

The Lil Nas X song "Old Town Road" is one of the biggest music hits of the year, and it made an appearance in Tom Brady's latest social media video.

The New England Patriots quarterback posted a video to Twitter (and his Instagram story) on Thursday of him riding a horse while the popular song plays in the background.

If you were wondering if the tool in Brady's right hand was a machete, you were right.

Brady is on vacation with his family enjoying some valuable personal time before Patriots training camp begins next week at Gillette Stadium. 

View this post on Instagram

Young Guns

A post shared by Tom Brady (@tombrady) on

The six-time Super Bowl champion will turn 42 on Aug. 3, but his passion for the game remains as strong as it's ever been.

UPDATE (1:45 p.m. ET): Is a Brady-themed "Old Town Road" remix in the cards??

Click here to download the new MyTeams App by NBC Sports! Receive comprehensive coverage of your teams and stream the Celtics easily on your device.

Did Julian Edelman get these Patriots, Lion King animal comparisons right?

Did Julian Edelman get these Patriots, Lion King animal comparisons right?

We'll be honest: There's not much happening in the NFL world right now.

That may explain why Julian Edelman went on social media Thursday and, in an apparent promotion for Disney's reboot of The Lion King, recast several New England Patriots players (and his coach) as animals.

Let's break it down, shall we?

Tom Brady: Goat
This one's a layup. Bonus points for the eye black.

Edelman: Squirrel
Edelman has long said his favorite nickname is "The Squirrel," so this is another obvious one.

Matthew Slater: Cheetah
An older, wiser animal also would have worked here, but New England's special teams ace does have blazing speed. And those glasses are a nice touch.

James White: Rabbit
This one fits pretty well, as the shifty running back is similarly hard to catch.

Dont'a Hightower: Rhino
The Patriots linebacker certainly has the strength of a rhino, but we'd like to think he's a bit more fleet of foot. 

Bill Belichick: The Owl
Belichick's wisdom makes him a natural choice for the owl, although opponents might peg the Patriots head coach as Scar instead.

There you have it. Overall, not a bad effort from Edelman ... and Hightower and White seem to agree.

If you’re looking for actual football news, you only have to wait one more week, as Patriots training camp begins July 25 at Gillette Stadium.

Click here to download the new MyTeams App by NBC Sports! Receive comprehensive coverage of your teams and stream the Celtics easily on your device.

Ex-Patriot Sebastian Vollmer isn't buying Rob Gronkowski comeback talk

Ex-Patriot Sebastian Vollmer isn't buying Rob Gronkowski comeback talk

We've heard a lot of former players say they believe Rob Gronkowski will come out of retirement. We haven't heard many players say the opposite.

But one of Gronkowski's former teammates was willing to throw cold water on the NFL comeback chatter.

Speaking at a recent NFL-sponsored event in Germany, retired New England Patriots offensive lineman Sebastian Vollmer said he doesn't see Gronkowski -- his teammate of six years -- returning to the gridiron.

"I don’t think he will come back again," Vollmer told Adrian Franke of Spox.com, as transcribed by Pats Pulpit. "Just looking at his physical shape, I don’t think he’d be able to pull it off."

Gronkowski has lost considerable weight since announcing his retirement in March and apparently eschewed weight lifting for resistance band training.

Talk of the 30-year-old returning to the Patriots at some point this season has persisted, however, with a recent report pegging his comeback chances at 40 percent.

Vollmer, who retired in 2016 after six full seasons as Gronkowski's teammate, added he always expected Gronkowski and Brady to retire at the same time. It's safe to say Brady has forced Vollmer to change that mindset after leading the Patriots to a Super Bowl title last season at age 41.

"He keeps saying that he will play until 45, but I wonder why," Vollmer said of Brady. "I’m giving him two more years — but not because he told me, I’m just going with my gut. Who knows?"

So, if we're to trust Vollmer's gut, expect two more years of Brady -- and zero more of Gronk.

Click here to download the new MyTeams App by NBC Sports! Receive comprehensive coverage of your teams and stream the Celtics easily on your device.