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Antonio Brown apologizes, begs for forgiveness in latest plea to return to NFL

Antonio Brown apologizes, begs for forgiveness in latest plea to return to NFL

It looks like Antonio Brown is making a final plea to re-join the NFL, possibly with the New England Patriots. 

In his latest Instagram post (which is lengthy) Brown apologizes to everyone he hurt over the past year or so, including his friends, family and anyone he offended. Tom Brady, of course, liked the photo and Hall of Fame cornerback Deion Sanders commented with the goat emoji. 

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First and foremost, I’d like to apologize to my family, friends and anyone who I offended. I never once meant to make anyone feel like I wasn’t thankful and appreciative of the opportunity that I was afforded to play the game I love. I’ve worked hard over the years to earn a chance to compete in the greatest game on earth. Over the years I was met with challenges and I can honestly say I didn’t handle those challenges in the manner that I should have. Over the past few weeks I’ve had the opportunity to think about everything that’s transpired and I am deeply sorry to all who I’ve offended. While my behavior was inexcusable, sometimes when people are coming at you with false information and allegations, we handle ourselves in ways that we sometimes regret. I do take full responsibility for my actions and I’m working everyday to repair what I broke. I do know that if I’m ever given the opportunity to play the game that I love, I’m going to work extremely hard to show the world how much I appreciate another chance. To the organizations that I offended, I offer my sincere apology to you and my hope is that you forgive me and help me move on from this minor setback. I look forward to competing and helping a team reach their goals.

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Earlier this week, Sanders guaranteed the Patriots would be getting help in the receiver department. While former Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant has tweeted some interesting things lately alluding to possibly joining the Patriots, could Sanders be talking about him or Brown? 

The 31-year-old's apology doesn't guarantee him a spot on an NFL roster, but with this latest post, he could be clearing the way for a possible comeback soon. Or it's just AB being the same old AB with yet another social media post? Probably the latter. 

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Jimmy Garoppolo says it would be ‘hard’ so see Tom Brady leave Patriots

Jimmy Garoppolo says it would be ‘hard’ so see Tom Brady leave Patriots

MIAMI – If Jimmy Garoppolo were to give a Patriotic answer to a question about Tom Brady on Monday night, the upshot of it would have been that he was focused on his own self at this juncture.

But Garoppolo’s not a Patriot anymore so, when asked if he was curious where his former teammate may end up, the 49ers quarterback dove right in.

“Definitely,” Garoppolo said during Super Bowl Opening Night. “I think everybody’s curious. Whenever he makes a decision and whatever he decides, I’ll be happy for him.”

Garoppolo paused then added, “But … I heard Danny (Amendola) say the other day, ‘It’ll be hard to see him in anything other than a Patriots uniform.’ So we’ll see.”

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The atmosphere Monday night was positively playful as the Chiefs and 49ers met with the media en masse at Marlins Park. The Chiefs went first from 7 to 8 p.m. The Niners had the late slot, 9 to 10 p.m.

The indignation, irritation, rage, grudging respect and flat-out fatigue the Patriots inspire among the national media and football fans in general has given way to a kinder, gentler atmosphere this week, it seems.

The coaches are relatively cuddly. The quarterbacks are fresh-faced. The perpetual plumbing for scandal that accompanies every Patriots postseason run is wholly absent. Everyone wants to have a nice time.

But Garoppolo’s presence and past means the Patriots still have a hand in this one. I asked Garoppolo if he was at all eager to blaze a trail away from being thought of as a “former Patriot.”

“Your past is always part of you,” he said. “The Patriots is where I started and really introduced me to the pro game and how different it is than college. I thank everyone over there for everything they did for me. Obviously what they did there got to this point here. Everything’s tied together but the 49er team is kind of a story of its own.”

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What Tom Brady texted Jimmy Garoppolo ahead of Super Bowl Week

What Tom Brady texted Jimmy Garoppolo ahead of Super Bowl Week

For the the first time in his career, Jimmy Garoppolo will serve as a starter in the Super Bowl.

That's not to say that the former New England Patriots quarterback doesn't have experience with the Super Bowl. He earned two rings as the backup to Tom Brady during his time in New England. But now, he'll get a chance to lead the San Francisco 49ers to a title when they take on the Kansas City Chiefs.

And ahead of the game, it seems that Jimmy G is taking some advice from Brady.

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As Garoppolo told NFL Network's Michael Irvin at Super Bowl Opening Night, Brady did text Garoppolo some words of encouragement ahead of the big week.

"Yeah, he shot me a text," Garoppolo said. "Just good luck and everything like that. Go handle business. It wasn't anything complicated. It was just, 'Go handle business. Go win.'"

That sounds very much like something Brady would say. It's a page from the Patriots playbook. Stay focused, keep it simple, do your job.

We'll soon see if Garoppolo and the 49ers can execute and do their jobs when they take on the Chiefs in Sunday's Super Bowl.

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