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Robert Kraft insists Tom Brady is the greatest NFL player ever, period

Robert Kraft insists Tom Brady is the greatest NFL player ever, period

If you ask Robert Kraft, the legacies of Bill Belichick and Tom Brady are already solidified, regardless of what happens Sunday.

In an interview with ESPN's Mike Reiss, the New England Patriots owner declared both Belichick and Brady the best at their respective crafts.

"Definitely the greatest player of all time -- not just quarterback in my opinion," Kraft said of Brady. "Because he's such a leader in the locker room. For someone double the age of some of the players to be able to lead like that, and connect like that, and have the work ethic that he has, and at the same time so pleasant to be around -- I'm really the luckiest guy in the world."

It's tough to compare players at different positions, but consider this: Brady is tied with Charles Haley for the most Super Bowl wins (five) of any NFL player and earned Super Bowl MVP honors four times, the most ever.

Kraft had similarly high praise for his head coach.

"I don't think there's been a finer coach in the 99-year history of the league," Kraft said of Belichick. "He's the GOAT of coaches, just like our quarterback is the GOAT of quarterbacks. And no one can dispute it."

Belichick has fewer wins as a head coach than Don Shula and George Halas and a lower winning percentage than Vince Lombardi. But he's won more Super Bowls (five) than any other head coach and, more importantly, has sustained the Patriots' success under far more challenging circumstances than his predecessors.

"The fact that our organization has been able to perform at this level in the age of the salary cap, when everyone spends the same amount of money, I'm pretty proud that we've been able to keep him and our quarterback together for 19 years," Kraft said.

"Please, God, it will be two decades next year. In today's era of free agency and people going in different directions, that's pretty cool."

Kraft obviously is evaluating Belichick and Brady with rose-tinted glasses, but it's hard to argue with either take. And if the dynamic duo can defeat the Kansas City Chiefs in Sunday's AFC Championship then win in Super Bowl LIII, Kraft's declarations will hold up even better.

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Tom Brady 'proud' of ex-teammate Jimmy Garoppolo's success with 49ers

Tom Brady 'proud' of ex-teammate Jimmy Garoppolo's success with 49ers

Tom Brady is admiring ex-Patriots teammate Jimmy Garoppolo's success with the 49ers from afar.

Despite suffering his first loss of the season on Monday night vs. the Seahawks, the former Pats backup quarterback is thriving as San Francisco's starting QB. Garoppolo, like Brady, has his team off to an 8-1 start and pegged as a favorite to compete in Miami for Super Bowl LIV.

Brady talked about Garoppolo's early success on Monday during his weekly Westwood One interview with Jim Gray.

"He's done a great job. The point of playing football is to win, so when your team's winning and you're the quarterback, you're doing your job," Brady told Gray. "I'm certainly proud of everything that he's accomplished. He was a really great guy for me to get to know and to see on a daily basis.

"I think the great thing to see if players who take advantage of their opportunity. He had an organization that put a lot on the line to get him, and he's taken advantage of that opportunity. I know he had a tough injury last year, but he showed a lot of mental toughness in coming back from a tough injury and is playing great football."

Garoppolo was drafted by the Patriots in 2014 and served as Brady's backup until he was traded to the 49ers in 2017. The Eastern Illinois product got the chance to showcase his talents in two starts during the 2016 season, going 2-0 with four touchdowns and zero interceptions.

Since then, the 28-year-old has overcome a devastating knee injury and become the leader of an NFC powerhouse that looks like it'll be in the mix for years to come. Not a bad deal for the man once thought of as Brady's potential successor.

As for Brady and the Patriots, they'll look to bounce back from their Week 10 loss to the Ravens on Sunday when they face off against the Eagles. If all goes according to plan, a February reunion for Brady and Garoppolo in Miami could be in the works.

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Rob Gronkowski reunites with David Ortiz, calls him his 'new trainer'

Rob Gronkowski reunites with David Ortiz, calls him his 'new trainer'

Two of Boston's most beloved sports figures in the city's history did some reuniting on Monday.

Rob Gronkowski and David Ortiz joined forces for an Instagram video that certainly will add to the speculation about a possible comeback for the retired Patriots tight end.

“Big Papi’s my new trainer,” Gronkowski says in the video while flexing. “We are reunited.”

Watch below:

Don't get too excited though, Patriots fans. Gronk has pretty much already shut down the idea of a comeback this season and is preoccupied with some new television responsibilities. He has, however, left the door open to return to the gridiron one day.

If Gronk does decide to help out the Pats' current tight end situation, he has until Nov. 30 to make up his mind.

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