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Stephon Gilmore invites bullied youth football player to Patriots game

Stephon Gilmore invites bullied youth football player to Patriots game

When Stephon Gilmore caught wind of the story of a 12-year-old girl who has been bullied for playing football, he decided to take action.

On Thursday, the New England Patriots cornerback noticed a video posted by WPRI of Quinn, a youth football player from Pawtucket who plays cornerback and wears Gilmore's No. 24. It clearly resonated with Gilmore as he tweeted his desire to get in touch with Quinn's family so he could invite her to a Pats game.

“She’s repping that 24! Would love to meet you Quinn! If anyone knows her contact DM me! Hopefully she would enjoy a Pats game!” he wrote.

Gilmore discussed Quinn's story further with reporters on Friday.

“It’s a sad situation, but I’m happy for her,” Gilmore said. “I’m happy she’s focused and having fun playing football. I think she should be happy and not let nothing affect her on the outside, be happy to go to school, be happy to play sports. Hopefully, I can connect with her soon.”

There's no word yet on when Gilmore will get to meet Quinn, but when he does, he'll have a special message for her.

“No matter what it is — in class or in sports — do what you love and never let no one tell you that you can’t do nothing,” Gilmore said. “Women can play whatever they want to play. That’s one thing I would tell her.”

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LeBron James compares himself to Tom Brady: We'll play 'until we can't walk no more'

LeBron James compares himself to Tom Brady: We'll play 'until we can't walk no more'

Tom Brady is arguably the greatest quarterback of all-time. LeBron James is arguably the greatest basketball player of all-time.

But the similarities don't end there, according to James.

When asked about his NBA future Friday, James brought up the Patriots quarterback in relation to his own eventual retirement.

"I'm not at the end of my story," said James. "Me and Tom Brady are one and the same. We're going to play until we can't walk no more."

Laugh if you want, but both future Hall of Famers are still going strong deep into their respective careers.

Brady, who has consistently said he'd like to play until he's 45, explained that goal this week on WEEI.

“I think I have always said 45 just because that’s a good goal to set because that is one that has been pretty hard to get to for most guys."

Brady's success at 42 is already unprecented, having led the Patriots to the league's best record through 10 weeks, throwing almost 282 yards per game with 14 touchdowns and five interceptions.

While Brady is still going strong in his 20th career season, James is still one of the NBA's most dominant players in his 17th year. The 34-year-old is averaging 23.9 points, 8.0 rebounds, and a career-high 11.1 assists.

"We've been friends for a long time. I've always admired him. He's a great athlete, player," Brady said when apprised of James's comments Friday. "I think he loves the sport, he loves basketball, he loves the competition. I feel the same way about football."

And while neither player is ready to hang 'em up anytime soon, there's still one major difference between their careers.

While LeBron has won three NBA championships — with a 3-6 record in the Finals — Brady is 6-3 in his nine trips to the Super Bowl.

Advantage: Brady.

 

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Patriots-Eagles Week 11 injury report: Seven players questionable for New England

Patriots-Eagles Week 11 injury report: Seven players questionable for New England

The New England Patriots are prepared for a difficult matchup with the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday afternoon, and injuries could play a major factor for both teams.

New England released its final Week 11 injury report Friday -- and no one is listed as out or doubtful. While wide receiver Julian Edelman has often been listed as questionable ahead of each week with a chest injury, he is nowhere to be found on the report. Safety Nate Ebner, running back Damien Harris and wide receiver Gunner Olszewski have been added as questionable, while Patrick Chung, Matt LaCosse, Danny Shelton and John Simon remain on the list (all are questionable). 

As for the Eagles, they'll be without wide receiver Alshon Jeffery, as well as running back Darren Sproles, who has been ruled out for the remainder of the season. The only player listed as questionable for Philadelphia is running back Jordan Howard.

Here is the final Week 11 injury report:

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (8-1)

OUT
No Players Listed

DOUBTFUL
No Players Listed

QUESTIONABLE
S Patrick Chung, Heel/Chest (Limited participant Friday)
S Nate Ebner, Ankle/Back (LP)
RB Damien Harris, Hamstring (LP)
TE Matt LaCosse, Knee (LP)
WR Gunner Olszewski, Ankle/Hamstring (LP)
DT Danny Shelton, Ankle (LP)
DE John Simon, Elbow (LP)

PHILADELPHIA EAGLES (5-4)

OUT
LB Nigel Bradham, Ankle (Did not practice)
WR Alshon Jeffery, Ankle (DNP)
RB Darren Sproles Quadricep (DNP)

DOUBTFUL
No Players Listed

QUESTIONABLE
RB Jordan Howard, Shoulder (LP)

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