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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.”

New York tabloids mock Sam Darnold, Jets after brutal loss to Patriots

New York tabloids mock Sam Darnold, Jets after brutal loss to Patriots

New York tabloids aren't exactly known for their subtlety. 

So when Sam Darnold and the Jets turned in an embarrassing performance at home against the Patriots — losing a 33-0 decision on Monday Night Football —you just knew there were going to be some brutal headlines.

The Daily News crushed Darnold for his performance after the quarterback threw for 86 yards while turning the ball over five times — a dreadful showing that added up to a woeful quarterback rating of 3.7

Pretty straightforward, especially compared to the Post, which seized upon Darnold's ill-fated mic'd up moment, in which he admitted he was "seeing ghosts."

With Halloween quickly approaching, the Post even included the graphic of "Sam's Spooky Stats." And considering how badly the game went for the Jets — a primetime home loss to the Patriots with horrible quarterback play — you have to wonder if Darnold's ghost comment will haunt him like the Buttfumble did for Mark Sanchez.

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Sam Darnold explains what he meant by 'seeing ghosts' vs. Patriots defense

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Sam Darnold explains what he meant by 'seeing ghosts' vs. Patriots defense

New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold was caught saying "I'm seeing ghosts" against the New England Patriots defense during the first half of Monday night's 33-0 loss.

Darnold was mic'd up for the game, and the ESPN broadcast showed him on the sideline making the surprising admission.

The 22-year-old quarterback explained what he meant by the ghosts comment, telling reporters after the game, "When I talk to the coaches, I've just got to be straight up. For me, I've just got to see the field a lot better, that's kinda what that means. It was a rough night out there. Obviously, I've got to be better and learn from the mistakes, but we will get better."

Darnold definitely didn't see the field well at all. He threw four interceptions, and each one happened as a result of a horrible throw/decision. The USC product also completed just 11 of his 32 pass attempts for 86 yards with zero touchdowns.

In fairness to Darnold, the Patriots have made many quarterbacks look pretty bad this season, but his performance Monday was a new low. Darnold had a 3.7 passer rating, which is the lowest mark by an opposing quarterback against the Patriots in Bill Belichick's 21-year tenure as the team's head coach.

Jets running back Le'Veon Bell told reporters that Darnold "learned a lot (Monday night)." He's certainly not wrong.

The next step for Darnold is taking this experience and using it to correct the weaknesses in his game that are holding him back from being a top-tier NFL quarterback.

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