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Ex-NFL star took issue with this Tom Brady quote from Howard Stern interview

Ex-NFL star took issue with this Tom Brady quote from Howard Stern interview

Former New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady did a lengthy interview with SiriusXM's Howard Stern on Wednesday and hit on many different subjects, and it sounds like one former NFL star took issue with something the six-time Super Bowl champion said.

"When I fell in love with football in high school, I knew I was going to play college football, nothing was going to keep me from that," Brady told Stern. "When I got drafted by the Patriots, I knew I was going to be the starting quarterback at some point. I didn't think that I would ever have the type of professional success that I did, but I never really doubted myself. ... I never had a backup plan. I think that was pretty naive of me, to never have those plans. But I always just envisioned what would happen, and in a lot of ways it ended up happening."

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Brian Westbrook, who played nine pro seasons and lost to Brady in Super Bowl XXXIX as a member of the Philadelphia Eagles, wasn't a fan of the 42-year-old quarterback's message. He explained himself on Wednesday's episode of FOX Sports 1 morning show "First Things First." Check out Westbrook's reasoning in the video below:

Most of us can agree this is definitely not the worst message you can tell a kid. 

One could argue the lesson of Brady's quote above wasn't to never have a backup plan, but to have an immense amount of confidence in yourself and relentlessly pursue your goals and dreams at any cost. It's more of a believe-in-yourself mentality and to make sure you put in the hard work necessary to be successful. 

It doesn't seem Westbrook interpreted it like that, however.

Brady had a lot more to say during his two-plus hours talking with Stern, and NBC Sports Boston has you covered from every angle on our Patriots page.

Dolphins' Kyle Van Noy bristles at Patriots comparisons: 'We're our own team'

Dolphins' Kyle Van Noy bristles at Patriots comparisons: 'We're our own team'

You could call the Miami Dolphins "Foxboro South." Just don't call them that in front of Kyle Van Noy.

The veteran linebacker is one of four former New England Patriots who signed with the Dolphins this offseason, joining fellow linebackers Elandon Roberts and Kamu Grugier-Hill and center Ted Karras.

Miami is also led by an ex-Patriot in head coach Brian Flores, who has loaded his staff with New England alums in defensive coordinator Josh Boyer, tight ends coach George Godsey and quality control coach Mike Judge.

But Van Noy apparently is growing tired of those who believe the Dolphins are trying to replicate the Patriots' model of success.

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“I don’t now how many New England guys there are, but we’re going to get away from that,” Van Noy told the Miami Herald's Adam Beasley in a recent interview. “We’re our own team, this is not the New England Patriots. This is the Miami Dolphins. It’s totally different, and I’m excited for that. New beginnings.

The Dolphins began to forge their own identity late in the 2019 season, going 5-4 down the stretch after losing their first seven games. While Van Noy and his fellow Patriots cast-offs weren't there for that turnaround, the 29-year-old can already sense the team's new attitude.

"We’re the Miami Dolphins. We’re here to represent the people of Miami," Van Noy said. "They want it bad. I can sense that. Miami’s a football town."

The Dolphins fired ex-Patriots wide receivers coach Chad O'Shea as their offensive coordinator late in the 2019 season and used their No. 5 overall pick on Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa, so perhaps they are intent on moving past those Patriots comparisons.

We'll find out immediately if that new approach pays off, as New England hosts Miami in its 2020 season opener.

Devin McCourty, wife share heartbreaking news of daughter's death

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Devin McCourty, wife share heartbreaking news of daughter's death

Devin McCourty and his wife, Michelle, endured every parent's worst nightmare last weekend.

The New England Patriots safety shared his wife's announcement Saturday that they lost their third child, Mia, last Sunday as the result of a stillbirth.

"I cry as I type this," Michelle wrote in an Instagram post. "My pregnancy had resulted in a stillbirth at almost 8 months of being pregnant — at exactly 31 weeks 2 days, when we found out that the baby girl growing inside me no longer had a heartbeat after being completely fine the week prior at my last doctor’s appointment.

"We are so heartbroken. We are devastated. We are speechless. We are angry. We are sad. We are confused. We are numb."

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The couple has two other young children: a 3-year-old girl named Londyn and a 2-year-old boy named Brayden.

The McCourtys received an outpouring of support from Devin's current and former teammates after he shared the news on Instagram.

Here's ex-Patriots quarterback Tom Brady: "Love you my brother. So sad for you loss! You are in our thoughts and prayers always ❤️❤️🙏🏼🙏🏼"

And here's Patriots linebackers coach Jerod Mayo: "My prayers and love to your family bro."

Patriots wide receiver N'Keal Harry -- "My prayers are definitely going out to y’all. Love you bro💙" -- Detroit Lions defensive end Trey Flowers -- "Prayers for you and your family! 💪🏾 be strong brother" -- and ex-Patriots cornerback Aqib Talib -- "Praying for ya family brotha!" -- were among many other NFL players offering their support to the McCourtys.

Michelle added in her message that she and Devin "appreciate the love and support we’ve already gotten, and just ask that you respect our privacy during this difficult time, since we have no answers to give anyway."

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