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Tom Brady tells all: Five random nuggets from candid Howard Stern interview

Tom Brady tells all: Five random nuggets from candid Howard Stern interview

Tom Brady was ready to "let loose," after all.

In his first public interview since his introductory press conference with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the former New England Patriots quarterback spoke with SiriusXM's Howard Stern for two and a half hours Wednesday in a candid, wide-ranging interview.

You've probably heard some of the highlights: Brady knew as early as last season he was finished with the Patriots. He gets along fine with Bill Belichick. He skipped Patriots OTAs due to marriage issues with his wife, Gisele. His mentality during Super Bowl LI was the stuff of legends.

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You also don't have two and a half hours to sift through everything else Brady said. But guess what? With no other sports going on ... we do!

Here are five more takeaways from Brady's interview with Stern that Patriots fans may find interesting -- or in some cases, downright bizarre.

1. When he wasn't happy with his pass-catchers, he let Belichick know.

"I would say, ‘I don’t have any trust that this guy can help us win the game.' I’ve definitely expressed my opinion to say, 'If you put him out there, I’m not going to throw him the ball.' 

"The whole team is trusting me to do what’s right by the team, so you can’t put someone out there who I don’t believe in. Because if I don’t believe in him, it’s worthless for the team."

Brady insisted Belichick shared that belief with him. But we'd imagine the QB and head coach had this conversation several times -- especially in 2019, when Brady was throwing to the likes of N'Keal Harry, Jakobi Meyers and Matt LaCosse.

2. He loved being a free agent this offseason and even made a list to aid his decision-making process.

"That was a fun experience for me to experience that, and I enjoyed that aspect of seeing what other teams could offer. 

" … I wrote down about 20 different things that were important to me and kind of prioritize what was important. I kind of scaled it, and looked at all the opportunities that were out there."

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3. He drank and smoked weed in high school -- until guilt set in.

“What kept me from smoking a lot of weed -- obviously in high school you try that and drink and go to parties -- but I always felt like I was letting my dad down.

" ... I definitely had fun in high school with partying and drinking and smoking weed on occasion, but as it got later in my high school life, those became less and less."

We'd imagine drinking and smoking aren't part of the TB12 diet, not that Brady needs to worry anymore about disappointing his father.

4. He's good friends with President Donald Trump, but wouldn't accept Trump's invite to speak at the 2016 Republican National Convention.

"He would call me after games (and say), 'I watched your games, Tom. Let’s play golf together.' In 2003, 2004, that’s kind of the way it was. He became someone who would come up to our games and stand on the sideline and would cheer for the Patriots. He always had a way of connecting with people and still does.

"Then the whole political aspect came, and I think I got brought into a lot of those things because it was so polarizing around the election time. It was uncomfortable for me because you can’t undo things, not that I would undo a friendship, but political support is a lot different than the support of a friend."

5. He suffered a gross injury in 2006 that led backup QB Matt Cassel to give him a grosser nickname.

"It ended up being a hernia in the game, where the abdomen wall split open. I don’t know all the details. But other than that, (my) testicles -- literally, one side was like an orange and then the other side was normal. I was like, ‘Something’s wrong here.'

" ... Cassel drew pictures of me with this one huge testicle on one side, and then he would leave them in my locker every day. 'Purple Balls,' he’d call me, because I got all bruised up."

Did we mention this was a tell-all interview?

Dolphins' Kyle Van Noy bristles at Patriots comparisons: 'We're our own team'

Dolphins' Kyle Van Noy bristles at Patriots comparisons: 'We're our own team'

You could call the Miami Dolphins "Foxboro South." Just don't call them that in front of Kyle Van Noy.

The veteran linebacker is one of four former New England Patriots who signed with the Dolphins this offseason, joining fellow linebackers Elandon Roberts and Kamu Grugier-Hill and center Ted Karras.

Miami is also led by an ex-Patriot in head coach Brian Flores, who has loaded his staff with New England alums in defensive coordinator Josh Boyer, tight ends coach George Godsey and quality control coach Mike Judge.

But Van Noy apparently is growing tired of those who believe the Dolphins are trying to replicate the Patriots' model of success.

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“I don’t now how many New England guys there are, but we’re going to get away from that,” Van Noy told the Miami Herald's Adam Beasley in a recent interview. “We’re our own team, this is not the New England Patriots. This is the Miami Dolphins. It’s totally different, and I’m excited for that. New beginnings.

The Dolphins began to forge their own identity late in the 2019 season, going 5-4 down the stretch after losing their first seven games. While Van Noy and his fellow Patriots cast-offs weren't there for that turnaround, the 29-year-old can already sense the team's new attitude.

"We’re the Miami Dolphins. We’re here to represent the people of Miami," Van Noy said. "They want it bad. I can sense that. Miami’s a football town."

The Dolphins fired ex-Patriots wide receivers coach Chad O'Shea as their offensive coordinator late in the 2019 season and used their No. 5 overall pick on Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa, so perhaps they are intent on moving past those Patriots comparisons.

We'll find out immediately if that new approach pays off, as New England hosts Miami in its 2020 season opener.

Devin McCourty, wife share heartbreaking news of daughter's death

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Devin McCourty, wife share heartbreaking news of daughter's death

Devin McCourty and his wife, Michelle, endured every parent's worst nightmare last weekend.

The New England Patriots safety shared his wife's announcement Saturday that they lost their third child, Mia, last Sunday as the result of a stillbirth.

"I cry as I type this," Michelle wrote in an Instagram post. "My pregnancy had resulted in a stillbirth at almost 8 months of being pregnant — at exactly 31 weeks 2 days, when we found out that the baby girl growing inside me no longer had a heartbeat after being completely fine the week prior at my last doctor’s appointment.

"We are so heartbroken. We are devastated. We are speechless. We are angry. We are sad. We are confused. We are numb."

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The couple has two other young children: a 3-year-old girl named Londyn and a 2-year-old boy named Brayden.

The McCourtys received an outpouring of support from Devin's current and former teammates after he shared the news on Instagram.

Here's ex-Patriots quarterback Tom Brady: "Love you my brother. So sad for you loss! You are in our thoughts and prayers always ❤️❤️🙏🏼🙏🏼"

And here's Patriots linebackers coach Jerod Mayo: "My prayers and love to your family bro."

Patriots wide receiver N'Keal Harry -- "My prayers are definitely going out to y’all. Love you bro💙" -- Detroit Lions defensive end Trey Flowers -- "Prayers for you and your family! 💪🏾 be strong brother" -- and ex-Patriots cornerback Aqib Talib -- "Praying for ya family brotha!" -- were among many other NFL players offering their support to the McCourtys.

Michelle added in her message that she and Devin "appreciate the love and support we’ve already gotten, and just ask that you respect our privacy during this difficult time, since we have no answers to give anyway."

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