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Julian Edelman reveals when he earned Tom Brady's trust

Julian Edelman reveals when he earned Tom Brady's trust

Julian Edelman's chemistry with Tom Brady is unparalleled, but it's a chemistry that took years to build.

After joining the Patriots in 2009, it took Edelman four seasons to become one of Brady's most trusted targets. The QB-turned-wide receiver finally broke out in 2013 for 105 receptions, 1,056 yards and three touchdowns, and the rest is history.

Promoting his upcoming documentary “100%: Julian Edelman,” the three-time Super Bowl champion explained to SiriusXM's Jim Miller when he earned Brady's trust.

"I didn't just go in and gain that trust," Edelman told Miller. "I moved out to Los Angeles in the offseason because I heard that [Brady] would throw with receivers out there. Once I heard that, I told my agent, 'hey, give me a Residence Inn, give me a car, let's go out there and tell Brady I'm out there, and if he needs anyone to throw to, I'm there.'

"That year, he called me one time. And so, you know, I was like 'well, that was still something.' Then I did it again the next year and he called me a couple more times, and then by year three, we're throwing three or four times a week. And with that, that was the most valuable part, that offseason time together because he was learning my body mechanics and more importantly I was learning what he wanted and how he wanted it ... I think that's when the trust, and that's when the confidence was built that has helped us over a long, long period of time."

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Edelman's documentary -- which you can watch the trailer for here -- will premiere Friday on Showtime.

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Patriots legend Richard Seymour opens up about poker career

Patriots legend Richard Seymour opens up about poker career

When athletes retire from the sport they've played their whole lives, it's natural for them to miss the competition. That feeling is no different for former Patriots defensive end Richard Seymour.

The Hall-of-Fame hopeful, though, has chosen a unique way to get the competitive juices flowing. On July 11, he finished an impressive 131st at the World Series of Poker Main Event in Las Vegas, taking home $59,295. 

"Once you’re done playing football you still have a competitive drive,” Seymour told Yahoo! Sports. “Poker is an outlet for me where I have a competitive drive, you have to be very cerebral. It requires a lot like it did for me in football – I have to be patient, I have to know how to pick my spots, pay attention to guys’ tendencies. It was just a natural progression after leaving sports at a high level.”

Seymour, according to Yahoo! Sports, learned how to play poker from his father and picked it up at a competitive level shortly after he retired from the NFL in 2012. In last week's WSOP, he peaked at $3.6 million. Seymour said he's used his Super Bowl ring as a chip holder to intimidate competitors at the poker table. He also said he takes advantage of his status as a football legend, often bluffing when opponents assume he'll be an aggressive player. 

“Some guys play me differently because they say, ‘If I knock Richard Seymour out it’s a cool story to tell my buddies’,” he said. “Which I don’t mind that, it just depends on how I’m feeling that day...“My temperament fits poker well; I’m naturally kind of reserved, I’m not super emotional one way or another, so if bad things happen, which they’re going to in poker, it’s about how do you respond?”

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Patriots involved in 3 of top-10 most-watched sporting events of 2019

Patriots involved in 3 of top-10 most-watched sporting events of 2019

Hate them or love them, America has watched the Patriots more than any other team — in any sport — in 2019.

According to sportsmediawatch.com, all 10 of the most-watched sporting events of 2019 were NFL games. No World Series, Stanley Cup Final or NBA Finals games made the list. Of the 10 highest-rated events, three of them included the Patriots. 

Unsurprisingly, the Super Bowl matchup between the Pats and Los Angeles Rams topped the list with more than 100 million viewers including online streams (in parentheses). Both New England's AFC Championship game against the Chiefs and its Division Round contest with the Chargers also cracked the top-10. 

The television ratings suggest that the NFL is still head-and-shoulders above other leagues in popularity, and the Patriots are leading the charge. 

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