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Brady on Trump: 'I’m just a positive person. I want the best for everybody'

Brady on Trump: 'I’m just a positive person. I want the best for everybody'

HOUSTON – The crowd at Tom Brady’s podium was about 15 people deep all the way around as Super Bowl Opening Night.

Beginning with a seven-minute 1-on-1 with Willie McGinest for the NFL Network, Brady fielded questions for an hour, handling everything from Lady Gaga to Donald Trump to why he advised his son to pick up Devonta Freeman for his fantasy team.

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Brady fielded a pair of questions about Trump in the 30 minutes I staked out his podium. The first ones, posed by Steve Buckley of The Boston Herald, included an allusion to “what’s going on with the world.”

“What’s going on with the world, Buck?” asked Brady. A second entreaty from Buckley (I couldn’t hear it), included the response, “And what’s that? I haven’t paid much attention to what’s going on. I’m just a positive person. I just want the best for everybody, so …”

Brady responded to the second Trump-related question saying, “Like I said, I’m just a positive person. I want the best for everybody.”

It wasn’t a response that will satiate the masses crowing for Brady to lay bare his soul when it comes to his relationship with Trump and what platforms of Trump’s Brady opposes or supports. He made it clear he wasn’t discussing Trump earlier on Monday speaking to Kirk Minihane and Gerry Callahan on WEEI.  

Last week, he told the duo, “I always try to keep it in context because for 16 years you know someone before maybe he was in the position that he was in. He’s been very supportive of me for a long time. It’s just a friendship. I have a lot of friends. I call a lot of people.

“Why does everybody make such a big deal?” he added. “I don’t understand it. I don’t want to get into it, but if you know someone, it doesn’t mean you agree with everything they say or they do,” Brady said. “You have a lot of friends in your life. I think there are things that are based in your own dealings with someone that is a personal dealing, not a public dealing. Because you have personal experiences.”

When asked by a young reporter who his hero is, Brady replied, “My Dad.” He choked up during the response, saying he looks up to Tom Brady Sr. “every day.”

A couple of questions were posed to Brady about his place in history as he prepares to start his seventh Super Bowl.

In both cases, he said it wasn’t something he focuses on, saying, “I don’t think about those historical type things. … (Playing football) wasn’t ever done to be in some discussion or ranking.”

The Best at 32: Top NFL Draft picks taken with 32nd selection

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The Best at 32: Top NFL Draft picks taken with 32nd selection

The Patriots will have a long wait on Thursday night before they are on the clock for their first pick of the 2019 NFL Draft.

It's a position they've found themselves in before. This will be the fourth time in the last 15 years that they've owned the 32nd overall pick. (It would have been the fifth time, but DeflateGate cost them a first-round pick in 2017.)

Will Bill Belichick be able to find some top-tier talent? Tom E. Curran looked at past drafts, and found that some teams have managed to strike gold with pick number 32, though it's far from a sure bet.

Check out Tom's list of the Top 15 players taken at No. 32 overall.>>>>

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NFL draft rumors: Patriots have shown a 'ton of interest' in QB Will Grier

NFL draft rumors: Patriots have shown a 'ton of interest' in QB Will Grier

The New England Patriots currently are slated to close out the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft with pick No. 32, and after passing on Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson in a similar spot in last year's draft, could they use this season's first-rounder to select Tom Brady's eventual successor?

Grier is one of the top quarterbacks in the 2019 NFL Draft and could be selected anywhere from the mid-to-late first round to the early portion of the second round. What level of interest do the Patriots have in Grier with Thursday night's first round fast approaching? Tony Pauline of Draft Analyst reported an update Monday:

The New England Patriots have shown a ton of interest in Grier and could draft him as the first round closes out. The New York Giants also like Grier, and he could be their fallback plan if they don’t take a signal caller in Round 1. The Carolina Panthers also have an infatuation with Grier and will consider him in the second round.

Would the Patriots really take Grier in Round 1, or is this a smokescreen designed to trip up opposing front offices?

The Patriots do need a quarterback of the future. Contrary to what we've seen from Tom Brady in recent seasons, the 41-year-old quarterback will, at some point, start to break down and eventually retire. There aren't any great candidates already on the roster to play the role of Brady's successor, so drafting a QB this weekend makes a lot of sense for New England.

Grier played really well for the Mountaineers last season. He completed 67 percent of his passes for 3,864 yards with 34 touchdown passes and eight interceptions. He reportedly visited with the Patriots earlier this month, as did Duke quarterback Daniel Jones. Missouri quarterback Drew Lock could be available on Day 2 of the draft as well.

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