Patriots

Tom Brady praises Odell Beckham Jr., thanks Browns WR for 'thoughtful' gift

Tom Brady praises Odell Beckham Jr., thanks Browns WR for 'thoughtful' gift

A silver lining for Odell Beckham Jr. in the Cleveland Browns' 27-13 loss to the New England Patriots? He got to pay respect for one of his idols.

That'd be Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, who received a pair of goat hair cleats (get it?) from Beckham on Sunday at Gillette Stadium.

It appears the feeling is mutual, though -- and also runs in Brady's family. Brady's son, Ben, is a big Beckham fan, and father and son actually waited outside the Browns' locker room to meet OBJ after the game.

According to Brady, Ben became a Beckham fan through his half-brother, Jack (Brady's son with Bridget Moynihan), who lived in New York while Beckham played for the Giants.

"All the kids at school in New York, after he made that (one-handed) catch, it was, 'OBJ, OBJ, OBJ!' " Brady said Monday on WEEI's "The Greg Hill Show." "So then my son Benny, from his older brother, got to know who he was."

Beckham had a relatively quiet day Sunday -- five catches for 52 yards -- but the three-time Pro Bowler still has Brady's respect.

"He's a great player," Brady said, "and I always wish him a lot of success. They're going to keep plugging along there and we're going to keep plugging along here and see how it shakes out at the end of the year."

As for those goat hair cleats? Brady admitted they were a one-of-a-kind gift.

"I have them," Brady said. "Yeah, that was pretty cool. That was very nice of him. It's pretty unique.

"I've never had anyone do that for me, and it was very thoughtful. So, I certainly appreciate it."

We'll file these comments away until Beckham inevitably joins the Patriots to play with his idol.

Click here to download the new MyTeams App by NBC Sports! Receive comprehensive coverage of your teams and stream the Celtics easily on your device.

That 617 Life Podcast: Who made who? Bill Belichick or Tom Brady

617-life-pic.png
NBC Sports Boston Illustration

That 617 Life Podcast: Who made who? Bill Belichick or Tom Brady

The people's court is now in session. The topic of debate: Who made who, Bill Belichick or Tom Brady?

The two New England Patriots greats will always be inextricably linked for the success they've had in creating the Patriots dynasty. Together, the duo has won six Super Bowl titles and has overseen the most dominant two-decade stretch in NFL history.

Still, the question of who is chiefly responsible for the team's success has long been a debate among the New England faithful. And this week, Shanda, Cerrone, and Leroy take a deeper dive into the case for both sides on the latest episode of "That 617 Life Podcast".

Cerrone kicks off the "trial" by defending Brady, arguing that his on-field play and his arrival to the team snapped the Patriots out of the funk that they were in for most of the early part of their franchise's existence.

[The Patriots] were the team that nobody wanted to use in TecmoBowl. Now, for everybody in America, you're cheating if you use Tom Brady in Madden.

Furthermore, from Cerrone:

There's teams in the NFL over the past 20 years that still haven't defeated Tom Brady. Still, over 20 seasons. There are organizations and fan bases that still have not seen a victory in front of Tom Brady.

As for the case for Belichick, Leroy laid out a simple case for Belichick and called him "possibly the greatest coach in sports history."

Hear more of the trial and thoughts on the latest Boston sports stories on the latest episode of the "That 617 Life Podcast", which drops every Friday as part of the NBC Sports Boston podcast network.

CURRAN: Are we watching Brady's final day with the Patriots?>>>

Click here to download the new MyTeams App by NBC Sports! Receive comprehensive coverage of your teams and stream the Celtics easily on your device.

Report: Patriots expected to re-sign Nick Folk on Saturday

Report: Patriots expected to re-sign Nick Folk on Saturday

It's no longer a mystery who will kick for the New England Patriots vs. the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday.

The Patriots are expected to officially re-sign Nick Folk on Saturday, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network. Folk was released by the team and replaced with Kai Forbath prior to last week's game vs. the Houston Texans after undergoing an appendectomy.

In three games with the Patriots this season, Folk has made seven of nine field goals and all three extra-point attempts. 

Click here to download the new MyTeams App by NBC Sports! Receive comprehensive coverage of your teams and stream the Celtics easily on your device.