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Mike Vrabel takes friendly jab at Tom Brady's golf performance in 'The Match'

Mike Vrabel takes friendly jab at Tom Brady's golf performance in 'The Match'

Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady had a rollercoaster ride during last month's charity golf event alongside Phil Mickelson, Tiger Woods and Peyton Manning.

Brady started out awful, and he and Mickelson quickly fell behind Woods and Manning as a result. Making matters worse for Brady was he also split the backside of his pants, which was a little embarrassing.

He eventually replaced the pants, but more importantly, his game started to improve toward the end of the front nine.

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The former New England Patriots quarterback hit the best shot of the 'The Match' when he holed out for birdie from 100-plus yards out on hole No. 7. The shot served as a catalyst for Brady as his team nearly pulled off a late comeback before ultimately losing to Woods and Manning.

Tennessee Titans head coach and former Patriots linebacker Mike Vrabel recently joined NBC Sports Boston's "The Camera Guys" for a fun interview, and he couldn't resist joking about Brady's wild day on the golf course.

"Right now after watching Tom golf, I wish we were best friends. I wish we golfed every day, for a lot of money, after watching that debacle," Vrabel said with a smile on his face.  

And what about Brady's pants mishap?

"He was so in shock that he actualy hit a good shot that he (expletive) his pants and his pants burst," Vrabel said. "He was so nervous to start."

Vrabel did have some praise for Brady's golf game, too.

"But he is a good player," Vrabel admitted. "Last year I played in his Lake Tahoe event and you had to putt out everything. You're sitting there, and you're putting a 2-foot putt, and you're like, 'Are you kidding me? This is nuts.'"

Brady and Vrabel were two of the most competitive players when they played for the Patriots, and watching them golf together — along with the inevitable trash talk — would no doubt be entertaining.

Check out the full interview below:

Patriots reveal first photo of Cam Newton in full uniform, new jersey

Patriots reveal first photo of Cam Newton in full uniform, new jersey

New England Patriots fans wondering what Cam Newton would look like in the team's new uniforms no longer have to wait.

The Patriots unveiled headshots of each player earlier last week, and on Tuesday they posted photos of all the players in full uniform. The Patriots, of course, will debut new jerseys during the 2020 NFL season.

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Here's a look at Newton in the Patriots' home blue jersey:

The Patriots also tweeted a link to check out photos of every player in the new jerseys.

Newton signed a one-year contract with the Patriots a little more than a month ago, and if he's able to stay healthy, the former league MVP is the favorite to win the starting quarterback job over Jarrett Stidham and Brian Hoyer.

The Patriots are expected to have their first training camp practice Wednesday.

Patriots' Dont'a Hightower used Super Bowl LI to support fiancée during labor

Patriots' Dont'a Hightower used Super Bowl LI to support fiancée during labor

The greatest comeback in Super Bowl history is three and a half years old, but it certainly isn't forgotten.

Just ask Patriots linebacker Dont'a Hightower, who brought up New England's miraculous Super Bowl LI victory over the Atlanta Falcons while his fiancée, Morgan Hart, was delivering their baby. Seriously.

Hightower told The Boston Globe's Stan Grossfeld he started chanting "28-3, 28-3" and "Never give up" while Hart entered her 17th hour of labor with their first child last month.

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Apparently the motivational tactic worked, as Hart said Hightower's words helped her push through and deliver their baby boy, Grayson, on July 16.

"It was surreal," Hart told Grossfeld. “It was a long night and a long day, and he kept reminding me, ‘28-3, 28-3,′ meaning you can be behind and come back. Never, never give up."

That's a reference to the deficit New England faced in the third quarter of Super Bowl LI before rallying to win in overtime -- thanks in large part to Hightower's strip sack of Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan early in the fourth quarter.

Hightower still uses the 28-3 reference "all the time," per Grossfeld, but his focus won't be on football in 2020. The 30-year-old linebacker is one of eight Patriots players who have decided to opt out of the 2020 season.

"Not knowing too much about the COVID thing, I don’t want to jeopardize the health of my family," Hightower told Grossfeld. "I understand you can still catch it by going to the grocery store, but I’m not going to put my family’s health at risk for money.

"It’s family first. I want to take all the opportunity that I can to be a great father."

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