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Tom Brady hints at playing until 45 in Instagram comment

Tom Brady hints at playing until 45 in Instagram comment

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady's potential retirement has been the main storyline of the team's offseason workouts. After telling Oprah Winfrey in an interview that he is thinkning about retirement more than he used to, the five-time Super Bowl champion wrote a cryptic response to an ESPN Instagram post

The photo contained the full retirement quote from the Oprah interview, while Brady's account sent a response saying, "Cuarenta y cinco," which means 45 in Spanish. Brady turns 41 on August 3rd, which would give him at least four more years under center for New England if he wants to play to 45 years old.

There is also the chance that the response alludes to a potential contract extension, in which Brady may ask for $45 million. Brady reportedly wanted a new contract back in April, as he is signed through 2019 making a $14 million base salary that ranks fifth among NFL quarterbacks. 

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Edelman joins Boston radio show to talk real life

Edelman joins Boston radio show to talk real life

Sometimes we forget that athletes are real people too. Julian Edelman joined 103.3 AMP Radio’s The TJ Show Friday morning to talk about eating out in Boston, living in Back Bay, the return of his pop shop, and how fatherhood has changed his life.

The interview covered a wide range of topics, here are some of the highlights.

Edelman loves to eat at restaurants such as Coppa, Tora, and Little Donkey. It's not always easy to go out as an NFL star, but Edelman does his best to blend in. “I am a 5-10 white dude so I can throw a cap on and blend in a little bit, you know what I mean?” It also helps that he knows the chefs, so he can get it delivered whenever he wants.

The Patriots receiver is entrenched in Boston culture - he lives in Back Bay. And while he says he's never had Bill Belichick over, Tom Brady has hung out - and no, Edelman doesn't turn into a cleaning fiend prepping for his quarterback. “He’s just a regular guy. I keep my place pretty clean always, so...I’ll have guys come over, watch the fight or the game or whatever’s on...he comes over just like all the other fellas.”

Brady was actually a big help to Edelman finding his spot. "He’s been, you know, he’s lived in Boston for 35, 40 years now, you know, ever since he started playing here, so. When I was looking into buying, he actually helped me. He would come with me to viewings and stuff, kind of like an older brother, and I’d pick his brain on it because he knows the market.”

For the third time, Edelman's pop-up shop will return to Newbury Street. The shop will feature exclusive Edelman merch, and maybe even a chance to meet No. 11. Pop into the shop, located at 324 Newbury Street, if you want a chance to see Edelman, who plans to poke his head in during the bye week.

In the interview, Edelman congratulated one of the hosts on her pregnancy, and reflected on how fatherhood has changed him. "You really feel, and have, an experience of love that you've never experienced before." He went on to say "You come home from a hard day of work and you see your little blue-eyed, toe-head coming over here saying 'Dada'...there's nothing like it." Edelman has a two-year-old daughter. 

Edelman and the Patriots have a bye this week before taking on the Jets next weekend.

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Matt Patricia fires back at reporters about Lions practicing in snow

Matt Patricia fires back at reporters about Lions practicing in snow

Matt Patricia has taken and given plenty of criticism in his first year as Detroit Lions head coach.

On Friday, he went all-in on the latter.

Patricia opted to hold Lions practice outside in the snow Thursday, a somewhat head-scratching move considering Detroit will play indoors this Sunday at home against the Carolina Panthers.

The former New England Patriots defensive coordinator may have sensed the questions were coming Friday, because he began his press conference with a lengthy statement detailing all the reasons why he decided to hold practice outside. And we mean lengthy.

Those who witnessed Patricia's diatribe described him as "overly defensive," and he concluded his remarks with a snarky jab at the reporters in the room.

"We're going to be practicing inside today, just so everybody's clear, all right?" Patricia said. "Make sure everybody's good for all the head coaches in the room on that. Everybody good there?"

Patricia's decision in itself isn't too surprising considering he worked for years under Patriots head coach Bill Belichick, who long has made his players practice in elements like this:

The first-year Lions coach certainly could have worked on his delivery, though, as this is now the second time he's taken aim at the media in the last few weeks.

Then again, we can understand why Patricia is in a snippy mood: Detroit enters Sunday with a 3-6 record after dropping three straight games.

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