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Trump on Brady: 'I told him not to' endorse me

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Trump on Brady: 'I told him not to' endorse me

The relationship between Donald Trump and Tom Brady has been a running topic of discussion ever since Trump declared he would be running for president. Brady has kept a "Make America Great Again" cap in his locker at Gillette Stadium, and while he's attempted to distance himself from the political side of things, he has called Trump a "good friend."
 
On Monday, Trump joined WEEI to speak with the Dennis and Callahan Show, and he hit on whether or not he was hoping Brady would officially endorse him.

"No, because I told him not to," Trump said. "He’s got sponsors, he’s got all of his different things that he has to do. And I told him not to.

"He couldn’t be nicer. There was an article in GQ, he said, 'Trump’s the biggest winner, you can’t beat Trump' and all that stuff. And I said, 'Don’t do that, because you may have a sponsor that doesn’t like me.' They may be liberal, they may be something. And I don’t want him to get involved in that stuff. It’s hard for athletes.


"Now, with that being said, I have had many athletes endorse me. Lots of different guys have endorsed me, which is great. But Tom’s in a very interesting position, and I said, 'Tom, don’t do that.' What he does is he says great stuff about me.

"I think he would do it if I asked him. I’ve never asked him to do it. But I think he’d do it if I asked him."

Trump also counts Robert and Jonathan Kraft among his friends -- he has sat alongside the Krafts during Patriots games in the past -- but he hasn't asked for an endorsement from them either, he said.

"I’ve never asked them," Trump said. "I am friends, [but] I’ve never asked them for their support. If they want to support, they can support.

"You know, I find endorsements . . . They are friends, and perhaps they have other friends that are running, too. If they want to support me they can. That’s up to them. I wouldn’t ask them. I never ask people for support. 

"Like, Tom came out with beautiful statements about me the last couple of weeks in GQ. I never asked him to do that. It’s nice that he does it. But I don’t like to ask people for support. If they want to support me, they can support me."

While Trump may never officially get Brady's backing, he went on record to say he wished Brady was playing in Super Bowl 50. 

“We needed our guy in there,” Trump said. “That was just a boring game. Am I the only one that thought that?  
 
"It was a terrible game, it was terribly played. The whole thing, it had a bad vibe. Well, we need Tom. We’re a little prejudiced, so anyways. Next year Tom will be in there."

Aaron Rodgers has great response to critics of Patriots QB Tom Brady

Aaron Rodgers has great response to critics of Patriots QB Tom Brady

Some of the criticism thrown at New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is just silly.

The most famous hot take on Brady's alleged decline came in the summer of 2016 when Max Kellerman said on ESPN's "First Take" that Brady would soon "fall off a cliff." Well, in the three years since Kellerman's bold remark, Brady has won two more Super Bowl titles (in three appearances) and an MVP award. 

Sometimes, you just have to laugh at these critics.

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers admitted to doing that during his appearance Tuesday on ESPN Radio's "The Dan Le Batard Show with Stugotz." Here's the exchange:

Question: Do you look at Brady the way we all do? Like, what the hell? He's 42, what the hell, Aaron.

Rodgers: "I do. I think I laugh with him a little bit when they replay some of the remarks, especially after that Chiefs game I think a lot of us remember from (2014) when the Chiefs kind of blew them out on a Sunday or Monday night and everyone was (saying), 'This is it. Brady's done. The Pats are done.' You look at what they've done since then. That's the beauty at times in this sport and playing, for him, at obviously such a high level. Sometimes you're looking around and you're like, 'Man, maybe I need some inspiration this week,' and having something like that to go back to whenever you want. People are just waiting for him to like regress, and it's like, it's not happening. Not happening. But the first time he has a game he doesn't throw three (touchdowns), it's gonna be like, 'Here it is. Here's the beginning.' And sure enough, there's a little more ammo for him to be like, 'What you say? Oh yeah? OK, cool. I'm going back to the Super Bowl.'" 

Rodgers has faced his own share of criticism over the last few years as the Packers have struggled to find playoff success, so he has a bit of an understanding of what Brady has dealt with over the last decade or so.

Brady and Rodgers went head-to-head last season for just the second time, and the Patriots prevailed in a 31-17 win at Gillette Stadium. It's possible that meeting was the last one before Brady retires, unless of course they square off in the Super Bowl.

And, judging by the way the Patriots and Packers have played through two games this season, a Brady-Rodgers showdown in Super Bowl LIV certainly is a possibility.

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Tom Brady trails only one player in latest 2019 NFL MVP betting odds

Tom Brady trails only one player in latest 2019 NFL MVP betting odds

The New England Patriots offense looks like a juggernaut through the first two weeks of the 2019 season, but there's still one player with better odds than Tom Brady to win NFL MVP.

The Patriots quarterback has thrown for 605 yards with five touchdowns and zero interceptions over two games. He's also completing 68.8 percent of his passes and has a near-perfect passer rating against blitzes.

These stats are impressive, but he still trails Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes in several stat categories. Mahomes also happens to be the clear early favorite among oddsmakers to win the league's MVP award.

Here are the latest MVP odds from Caesars Palace:

Mahomes leads the NFL with 821 passing yards, and his eight touchdowns are tied for the league lead. The Chiefs, like the Patriots, are 2-0 after a pair of dominant performances.

The Chiefs quarterback won the Associated Press NFL MVP last season, and we haven't see a repeat winner of this award since Peyton Manning in 2008 and 2009. Brady last won in 2017 and has three AP MVPs on his resumé.

Both Brady and Mahomes will be top MVP candidates throughout the season, and the outcome of the Week 14 showdown between the Patriots and Chiefs at Gillette Stadium in December could play a meaningful role in the final voting. 

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