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Rob Ninkovich shares comical story about conversation with Chris Long

Rob Ninkovich shares comical story about conversation with Chris Long

Some players enter the NFL with massive expectations that are tough to live up to. Chris Long would qualify as one. The former New England Patriot and No. 2 overall pick in 2008, who announced his retirement from the NFL just over a week ago, was expected to be a terrific pass rusher. He was able to have a solid career, but the expectations were certainly lofty.

In a recent interview with ESPN's Mike Reiss, former Patriot Rob Ninkovich recalled about a conversation he had Long about being compared to players, and it had a comical result.

At one time, we were having a discussion, and I told him, 'It sucks that they gave me [No.] 50 because it can feel like a Mike Vrabel comparison all the time.' He looked at me and was like, 'Yeah, I'm Howie Long's son.' He wins that one.

Um, yeah. I'd say that Long had a little bit more heaped on him than Ninkovich for that comparison.

Still, Long did well for himself. Though he only played for the Patriots for one season, he had a huge impact on the team. He totaled four sacks in 2016 en route to the team's Super Bowl victory over the Atlanta Falcons. He would go on to beat the Patriots in the Super Bowl the next year as a member of the Philadelphia Eagles. He finished his career with 70 sacks, the two rings, and a Walter Payton Man of the Year award.

Considering that Long's father had 84 sacks, the younger Long did a great job of trying to live up to the comparison.

Meanwhile, Ninkovich had four sacks in 2016, his lone season teamed up with Long which also turned out to be his final season. He finished his Patriots career with 46 sacks and two Super Bowl titles in eight seasons. Comparatively, Vrabel had 48 sacks and three Super Bowl titles in his eight seasons in New England.

Suffice to say, both players were able to do the comparisons they faced justice during their more-than-solid NFL careers.

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Julian Edelman laughs it up with Stephen Colbert in 'Late Show' appearance

Julian Edelman laughs it up with Stephen Colbert in 'Late Show' appearance

Julian Edelman visited the "Late Show with Stephen Colbert" on Tuesday night and the Super Bowl MVP brought his three Super Bowl rings with him.

As Colbert handled the jewelry, he noted the size and heft of the rings and joked, "Do you need to go to the gym or do you just curl with these?"

The Patriots wide receiver was promoting his Showtime documentary, "100%: Julian Edelman" and when asked which ring was his favorite, he borrowed a line from his quarterback, and answers, as Tom Brady usually does, "the next one."

There was no beer-chugging (although we've seen that Edelman knows his way around thator strawberry-eating as in Brady's "Late Show" appearance, but Edelman also discussed meeting Brady as a rookie in 2009, and borrowing another Brady phrase, talked about how multi-functional the words "Let's Go!' have become for him and his teammates.

A discussion of Edelman's Jewish faith ended with him accepting a special gift signifying that from Colbert, a "Late Show with Stephen Colbert" kippa, the traditional Jewish headwear.

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Quick Slants The Podcast: Tom E. Curran politely questions Chris Simms on his ABSURD ranking of Tom Brady

Quick Slants The Podcast: Tom E. Curran politely questions Chris Simms on his ABSURD ranking of Tom Brady

NBC Sports NFL analyst Chris Simms ranks Tom Brady No. 9 - yes, ninth, among current quarterbacks. Tom E. Curran - very politely - demands an explanation.

3:00 - Chris Simms breaks down why he ranked Tom Brady as the ninth-best QB in the NFL right now.

4:00 - Why is Patrick Mahomes ranked higher than Tom Brady?

8:30 - Tom and Chris debate whether it is Bill Belichick or Tom Brady who makes the Patriots successful.

10:00 - How is Matt Ryan ahead of Brady in Simms’ list?

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