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Tom Brady, Larry Fitzgerald helped Rory McIlroy prep for PGA Championship

Tom Brady, Larry Fitzgerald helped Rory McIlroy prep for PGA Championship

Rory McIlroy had a major golf championship to get ready for. So, naturally, he enlisted the help of two football players.

McIlroy, who's competing in the PGA Championship this weekend at Bethpage Black, played a round of golf last Thursday at The Country Club in Brookline, Mass., with New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald and Wall Street executive Jimmy Dunne, according to Golf Week's Eamon Lynch.

The Country Club is Brady's home course -- he and his wife, Gisele Bundchen, gained membership in 2017 -- and the Patriots QB apparently defended his turf: He and McIlroy scored a "resounding 7&6 win" in match play against Fitzgerald and Dunne, per Lynch.

Brady has been an avid golfer since he was a kid and has hit the course with several prominent pros, including fellow Under Armour athlete Jordan Spieth. This appears to be his first publicly-shared round with McIlroy, though, so we'll see if Brady can be Rory's good luck charm at the PGA Championship, which began Thursday morning.

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Shawne Merriman's hilarious Father's Day tweet will make Patriots fans smile

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Shawne Merriman's hilarious Father's Day tweet will make Patriots fans smile

Shawne Merriman is no fan of the New England Patriots, but his son's allegiances seems to differ a bit.

The former Los Angeles Chargers star posted a Father's Day tweet Sunday with a photo of his son getting ready to buy a Tom Brady Patriots jersey with a Super Bowl LI patch, and the three-time Pro Bowler's reaction is priceless. 

A Brady jersey probably is the last piece of NFL apparel that Merriman would want his son to buy, given his history with the Patriots.

Merriman still hasn't forgotten about the Patriots coming into San Diego and defeating the 14-2 Chargers in the 2006 AFC Divisional Round. It was the Chargers' best team in a long time, and after the Patriots won in dramatic fashion, some New England players mocked Merriman's sack dance during the on-field celebrations. Chargers players weren't happy at all.

But hey, props to Merriman's son, he knows greatness when he sees it. And he's not alone, evidenced by Brady once again leading all NFL players in royalties from sales of items including jerseys.

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Tom Brady is taking notes from Raptors' massive championship parade

Tom Brady is taking notes from Raptors' massive championship parade

The Raptors saw an estimated 1.5 million people flood the streets of Toronto on Wednesday for the team's first NBA championship parade.

Tom Brady's reaction? Challenge accepted.

Here's the New England Patriots quarterback's simple yet effective tweet upon seeing the massive turnout in Toronto:

Brady knows a thing or two about highly-attended championship parades: Roughly 1.5 million people came out in Boston just four months ago to watch the Patriots celebrate their sixth Super Bowl title.

That attendance number was a record for the city's many Patriots title parades, but it appears the Raptors matched that Monday.

So, Brady and Co. will just have to win a seventh championship to raise the bar yet again next February.

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