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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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Patriots DE Chase Winovich pleads for Tom Brady to stay in New England

Patriots DE Chase Winovich pleads for Tom Brady to stay in New England

Chase Winovich is all of New England right about now.

The Patriots defensive end clearly isn't a fan of the idea that Tom Brady may suit up for a new team in 2020. On Wednesday, he took to Instagram to beg Brady to re-sign with the Pats, and he did so in hilarious fashion.

"'To stay or to stay... 🤔' #pleaseDad #NotAllowedtoLeave #goat #shakespeare," Winovich wrote.


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The "Shakespeare" is a nice touch, but history tells us Brady may not be amused. Winovich may be on to something with the "#pleaseDad" hashtag, though.

Winovich, drafted out of Michigan 19 years after his favorite QB and fellow Wolverine, will have to wait impatiently like the rest of us until Brady makes his much-anticipated decision. The 42-year-old officially becomes a free agent March 18 if he and the Patriots can't agree on a contract extension before then.

The Tennessee Titans, Los Angeles Chargers, and Las Vegas Raiders each have been named as potential suitors for Brady in free agency.

Ex-Patriots star Rob Gronkowski reveals where he wanted to go in 2010 NFL Draft

Ex-Patriots star Rob Gronkowski reveals where he wanted to go in 2010 NFL Draft

Rob Gronkowski envisioned beginning his NFL career in Arizona.

Gronkowski played two seasons at the University of Arizona and was one of the best tight end prospects entering the 2010 NFL Draft. His initial preference was to make the 2-hour trip from Tuscon to Glendale and play for the Arizona Cardinals. The Kurt Warner era in Arizona had just ended and the team needed a tight end. On paper, the Cardinals and Gronkowski were a perfect match.

“I loved being in the state of Arizona … I was praying that they would take me because I wanted to go there,” Gronkowski said Tuesday on Arizona radio station 98.7 FM's "Doug & Wolf" show. “I felt like they needed a tight end and they brought me in for a little visit.”

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The visit didn't go very well.

“I took a visit there and everything, I could tell they had no interest in me,” Gronkowski said. “I could tell, the people that brought me in, they were just bringing me in to bring me in.”

Concerns over Gronkowski's back played a part in him dropping to the second round, where the Patriots took a chance on him with the 42nd overall pick. Gronkowski played nine years for the Patriots and became arguably the greatest tight end in pro football history.

He also played a part in three Super Bowl-winning Patriots teams, including a Super Bowl LIII triumph over the Los Angeles Rams in February of 2019 that turned out to be his last NFL game. He retired in March of last year.

The Cardinals are still searching for an elite tight end 10 years later. The position has been an area of weakness for Arizona throughout the last decade. According to USA TODAY, Gronkowski's 80 career receiving touchdowns are 54 more than every Cardinals tight end combined (26 TDs) from 2010 through 2018. 

The Cardinals did take a tight end in the 2010 draft with the selection of Jim Dray in the seventh round. He played in 56 games (and tallied just two receiving touchdowns) for the Cardinals over a seven-year career that also included time with three other teams.

Gronkowski would've been great for the Cardinals, and he was right in their backyard.

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