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Charles Barkley shares hilarious story about interaction with Tom Brady

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Charles Barkley shares hilarious story about interaction with Tom Brady

Charles Barkley is no stranger to the New England Patriots.

The Basketball Hall of Famer and current TNT NBA analyst has visited the Patriots locker room after games and has known New England head coach Bill Belichick since his days with the Cleveland Browns.

Barkley was on "Jimmy Kimmel Live" this week and said Belichick invited him to one of the team's Super Bowl practices in Atlanta, and the NBA legend shared an amazing story about an interaction he had with Patriots quarterback Tom Brady.

“I made a mistake, Jimmy,” Barkley said. “I looked Tom Brady in the eyes. I'm looking at these guys and all of a sudden I look at (Rob Gronkowski) and then Tom Brady is right here, and I look him in the eyes, and I said, ‘Damn, you’re a pretty man.’ That’s what I was thinking to myself. I got so embarrassed I started turning my head to talk to him. Like, I was like, ‘Hey Tom, it’s good to see you, man. I haven’t seen you in a while.'

“I see why he scores all those touchdowns because the defense is looking at his eyes and get mesmerized. That Tom Brady, he’s a pretty man. He's a nice guy, too, but man, I can't look him in the eyes."

Check out the full interview in the video below:

Barkley also said he bet on the Los Angeles Rams to beat the Patriots in Super Bowl LIII. He learned the hard way, like so many other people, not to bet against Brady and the Patriots in the playoffs. 

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Tom Brady recruits Zdeno Chara as Rob Gronkowski's replacement

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Tom Brady recruits Zdeno Chara as Rob Gronkowski's replacement

Tom Brady has an idea for Rob Gronkowski's replacement at tight end, and it doesn't involve free agency or the upcoming NFL Draft.

The Patriots quarterback had a light bulb go off above his head while watching the Bruins take on the Maple Leafs in Game 7. Why not have 6-foot-9, 256-pound defenseman Zdeno Chara give tight end a shot?

All jokes aside, Brady has been one of Chara's biggest fans during the Bruins' first-round series. He also left a motivational comment on Chara's Instagram post prior to Tuesday night's Game 7 matchup.

As for what the Patriots are really doing to fill Gronk's void at tight end, they signed both Austin Seferian-Jenkins and Matt LaCosse in free agency during the offseason. It remains to be seen whether they'll address the tight end position during the NFL Draft, which begins April 25.

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Next-Pats Podcast: Draft week is finally here; Mike Lombardi talks assessing talent

Next-Pats Podcast: Draft week is finally here; Mike Lombardi talks assessing talent

At last, the draft has arrived - almost. Phil Perry talks to former Patriots staffer Mike Lombardi as the annual selection of talent looms.

3:42 - Phil Perry is joined by former assistant to the Patriots coaching staff, football analyst and writer for the Athletic Mike Lombardi. The two begin by discussing the validity of certain reports on players in the upcoming draft.

7:44 - Are the Patriots in a position where they need to pick a quarterback this year? Lombardi explains how difficult it is to judge talent because of the difference in the level of competition in college football.

12:26 - Lombardi talks about how this year's draft could be weak compared to previous years' and how the Patriots should approach their selections because of that.

18:36 - Phil goes through his final mock draft, with the picks being decided by the fans via Twitter polls.


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