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Bill Belichick's hometown picked the perfect way to honor Patriots coach

Bill Belichick's hometown picked the perfect way to honor Patriots coach

Annapolis knows how to treat one of its favorite sons.

The Maryland capital will present New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick with a key to the city on March 14 at halftime of the Navy vs. Johns Hopkins men's lacrosse game, Navy announced Wednesday.

Belichick was born in Nashville but grew up in Annapolis, where his father, Stephen, was an assistant coach at Navy for three decades. Needless to say, he's excited about the upcoming ceremony, which will be led by Annapolis Mayor Gavin Buckley.

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"I am humbled and honored to be recognized by Mayor Buckley and the City of Annapolis," Belichick said in a statement. "I would like to thank Admiral Buck and Chet Gladchuk for allowing me to receive the key in Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.

"I loved the years I spent growing up in Annapolis and at the Naval Academy and I always look forward to returning. I am proud to be an Annapolitan!"

It takes a lot to get an exclamation point out of Belichick, but this honor pushes all of his favorite buttons.

Belichick has deep roots at Navy -- he helped his father break down Navy game film growing up and regularly attended games -- and a strong affinity for lacrosse: He played the sport at Wesleyan University, and all three of his children played lacrosse at the college level, as well. (Belichick's daughter, Amanda, is the head women's lacrosse coach at Holy Cross.)

The six-time Super Bowl champion head coach even has a connection to Navy's opponent: He's good friends with Johns Hopkins' head lacrosse coach, Dave Pietramala, and "guest coached" the team for a recent game.

It's worth noting that Belichick's big day comes two days before the NFL's legal tampering window for free agency opens on March 16. But not even negotiations with Tom Brady can't stop Belichick from returning to his hometown for what should be one of his favorite days of the year.

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Report: Patriots do FaceTime interviews with NFL Draft prospects

Report: Patriots do FaceTime interviews with NFL Draft prospects

As a result of the coronavirus crisis, FaceTiming has become the way of the world for NFL teams interviewing college prospects ahead of the April 23-25 draft.

The Patriots are no exception. They've held FaceTime interviews with several players, Justin Melo of Draft Wire reports. Among them LSU guard Damien Lewis, Boise State offensive tackle Ezra Cleveland and Michigan State defensive line teammates Kenny Willekes and Raequan Williams.

Lewis, 6-foot-3, 322 pounds, was a second-team All-SEC selection and part of a unit for the national champion Tigers that won the Joe Moore Award as the nation's best college O-line. He projects as a "scheme-specific" starter by The Draft Network, better in a pass-heavy offense.

Cleveland, 6-6, 311, is projected as a mid-round pick. One of the draft's more athletic tackles, he ran a 4.93 40-yard-dash at the NFL Scouting Combine, the only O-lineman to crack 5.00. 

Willekes, 6-4, 252,  returned from a broken leg for his senior season and earned a second-team All-Big Ten spot after leading the Spartans with 16 tackles for loss and 10.5 sacks and is projected as high as a late first-rounder. Williams, 6-4, 300,  is projected as Day 3 project type pick by NFL.com. 

 

Tom Brady's stay-at-home message contains healthy living tips amid pandemic

Tom Brady's stay-at-home message contains healthy living tips amid pandemic

Tom Brady is the latest athlete to record a stay at home message amid the coronavirus pandemic.

But his is a little different than the other ones you've already seen.

While most have spent time focusing on providing encouraging words to those dealing with the struggles of social distancing, Brady focused more on how to stay healthy amid the pandemic. Here's a look at his full message courtesy of the NFL's Twitter account.

This was a nice idea by Brady to give some tips to help people adjust to these unfamiliar living conditions. It also lines up pretty well with his health and lifestyle brand, TB12, so it's no surprise to see him preach the benefits of staying hydrated, being active, and eating nutrient-rich vegetables.

Of course, Brady did also have some words of encouragement for his audience and signed off by saying "I know we’re going to get through this together." So, that was a great gesture as well.

Brady will surely be focused on following these tips as he prepares for his first season with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Brady spent the first 20 seasons of his career with the New England Patriots before signing with the Bucs this offseason.