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Tom Brady's unexpected reason why he pursued 'Tom Terrific' trademark

Tom Brady's unexpected reason why he pursued 'Tom Terrific' trademark

It turns out Tom Brady doesn't want to be called "Tom Terrific." Quite the opposite, in fact.

The New England Patriots quarterback recently filed to trademark "Tom Terrific," a development that blew up thanks to angry New York Mets fans arguing the nickname belongs to Hall of Fame pitcher Tom Seaver.

Brady addressed the whole mess Thursday after the Patriots' minicamp practice outside Gillette Stadium.

"It’s unfortunate," Brady said. "I was actually trying to do something because I didn’t like the nickname and I wanted to make sure no one used it because some people wanted to use it.

"I was trying to keep people from using it and then it got spun around to something different than what it was. Lesson learned and I’ll try to do things a little different in the future."

As Brady tells it, he had no intention of besmirching Seaver's name and actually wanted to snatch up the trademark to stop people from calling him "Tom Terrific."

"I didn’t want people associating me with that," Brady said. "It’s something I didn’t want to have happen. I don’t like the nickname. I don’t like when people probably give me many nice compliments, certainly that. It wasn’t something I was trying to do out of any disrespect or any ill manner."

Brady's original trademark filings were for collectible trading cards and T-shirts, but the 42-year-old insists he has no plans of peddling any "Tom Terrific" merchandise.

Brady likely will still hear from angry Mets and Seaver supporters -- fans held a rally in New York on Tuesday in which they hurled beans at the QB's jersey -- but at least we know his side of the story now.

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Tom Brady wields machete while riding horse to 'Old Town Road' song in new Twitter video

Tom Brady wields machete while riding horse to 'Old Town Road' song in new Twitter video

The Lil Nas X song "Old Town Road" is one of the biggest music hits of the year, and it made an appearance in Tom Brady's latest social media video.

The New England Patriots quarterback posted a video to Twitter (and his Instagram story) on Thursday of him riding a horse while the popular song plays in the background.

If you were wondering if the tool in Brady's right hand was a machete, you were right.

Brady is on vacation with his family enjoying some valuable personal time before Patriots training camp begins next week at Gillette Stadium. 

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The six-time Super Bowl champion will turn 42 on Aug. 3, but his passion for the game remains as strong as it's ever been.

UPDATE (1:45 p.m. ET): Is a Brady-themed "Old Town Road" remix in the cards??

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Did Julian Edelman get these Patriots, Lion King animal comparisons right?

Did Julian Edelman get these Patriots, Lion King animal comparisons right?

We'll be honest: There's not much happening in the NFL world right now.

That may explain why Julian Edelman went on social media Thursday and, in an apparent promotion for Disney's reboot of The Lion King, recast several New England Patriots players (and his coach) as animals.

Let's break it down, shall we?

Tom Brady: Goat
This one's a layup. Bonus points for the eye black.

Edelman: Squirrel
Edelman has long said his favorite nickname is "The Squirrel," so this is another obvious one.

Matthew Slater: Cheetah
An older, wiser animal also would have worked here, but New England's special teams ace does have blazing speed. And those glasses are a nice touch.

James White: Rabbit
This one fits pretty well, as the shifty running back is similarly hard to catch.

Dont'a Hightower: Rhino
The Patriots linebacker certainly has the strength of a rhino, but we'd like to think he's a bit more fleet of foot. 

Bill Belichick: The Owl
Belichick's wisdom makes him a natural choice for the owl, although opponents might peg the Patriots head coach as Scar instead.

There you have it. Overall, not a bad effort from Edelman ... and Hightower and White seem to agree.

If you’re looking for actual football news, you only have to wait one more week, as Patriots training camp begins July 25 at Gillette Stadium.

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