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Ty Law: Letters from Tom Brady, Peyton Manning 'kinda validates you personally'

Ty Law: Letters from Tom Brady, Peyton Manning 'kinda validates you personally'

Ty Law was named as one of the 2019 inductees to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. The New England Patriots great received a lot of support, including a letter sent to the Hall of Fame by Tom Brady, but apparently, he wasn't the only elite quarterback to offer that up to Law. 

On a recent episode of the Adam Schefter podcast, Law revealed that Peyton Manning wrote a letter to support Law's candidacy as well. And Law was grateful for both votes of confidence.

It was awesome. (Brady) was my teammate and I had a lot of respect for him. We'd had a lot of competition and you know, we're both Michigan guys. I think by him going out of his way to do that on my behalf, I'm so thankful that he did because he didn't have to. Peyton Manning wrote a letter as well. It's not getting as much (publicity) as that one, but Peyton Manning did the same thing. When you get great quarterbacks -- and no one can question the greatness and careers they had to be able to do so -- and say hey, they feel that I'm worthy of doing that, I think that's awesome.

And when Schefter asked Law what it meant to get support from an opponent like Manning, here's what Law said about it.

It was great. I competed against him at a game level. That was the opposition, but there was always a mutual respect to play him and Pro Bowls as far as on the same team, but to play against each other and go at each other all the time and be covering his top receiver. He beat me, I got some on him, so it was cool when you're talking about the elite, the best, to feel that way about you as a player and that kinda validates you personally.

Law, of course, had a legendary performance against Manning during the 2004 AFC Championship Game, as he logged a career-high three interceptions against Manning in the Patriots' 24-14 win over the Colts en route to their third Super Bowl title in four years. So, it's easy to see why Manning would offer his support of the Patriots legend.

Law's Hall of Fame induction ceremony will take place on August 3, 2019.

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Tom Brady 'proud' of ex-teammate Jimmy Garoppolo's success with 49ers

Tom Brady 'proud' of ex-teammate Jimmy Garoppolo's success with 49ers

Tom Brady is admiring ex-Patriots teammate Jimmy Garoppolo's success with the 49ers from afar.

Despite suffering his first loss of the season on Monday night vs. the Seahawks, the former Pats backup quarterback is thriving as San Francisco's starting QB. Garoppolo, like Brady, has his team off to an 8-1 start and pegged as a favorite to compete in Miami for Super Bowl LIV.

Brady talked about Garoppolo's early success on Monday during his weekly Westwood One interview with Jim Gray.

"He's done a great job. The point of playing football is to win, so when your team's winning and you're the quarterback, you're doing your job," Brady told Gray. "I'm certainly proud of everything that he's accomplished. He was a really great guy for me to get to know and to see on a daily basis.

"I think the great thing to see if players who take advantage of their opportunity. He had an organization that put a lot on the line to get him, and he's taken advantage of that opportunity. I know he had a tough injury last year, but he showed a lot of mental toughness in coming back from a tough injury and is playing great football."

Garoppolo was drafted by the Patriots in 2014 and served as Brady's backup until he was traded to the 49ers in 2017. The Eastern Illinois product got the chance to showcase his talents in two starts during the 2016 season, going 2-0 with four touchdowns and zero interceptions.

Since then, the 28-year-old has overcome a devastating knee injury and become the leader of an NFC powerhouse that looks like it'll be in the mix for years to come. Not a bad deal for the man once thought of as Brady's potential successor.

As for Brady and the Patriots, they'll look to bounce back from their Week 10 loss to the Ravens on Sunday when they face off against the Eagles. If all goes according to plan, a February reunion for Brady and Garoppolo in Miami could be in the works.

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Rob Gronkowski reunites with David Ortiz, calls him his 'new trainer'

Rob Gronkowski reunites with David Ortiz, calls him his 'new trainer'

Two of Boston's most beloved sports figures in the city's history did some reuniting on Monday.

Rob Gronkowski and David Ortiz joined forces for an Instagram video that certainly will add to the speculation about a possible comeback for the retired Patriots tight end.

“Big Papi’s my new trainer,” Gronkowski says in the video while flexing. “We are reunited.”

Watch below:

Don't get too excited though, Patriots fans. Gronk has pretty much already shut down the idea of a comeback this season and is preoccupied with some new television responsibilities. He has, however, left the door open to return to the gridiron one day.

If Gronk does decide to help out the Pats' current tight end situation, he has until Nov. 30 to make up his mind.

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