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Why N'Keal Harry didn't expect Patriots to draft him at No. 32 overall

Why N'Keal Harry didn't expect Patriots to draft him at No. 32 overall

Were you surprised the New England Patriots took a wide receiver in the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft?

So was the wide receiver in question.

In a recent interview with FS1's Kristine Leahy, rookie wideout N'Keal Harry admitted he had "no clue" he'd go to the Patriots at No. 32 overall, even as the end of the first round approached.

"I really was not expecting to go to the Patriots," Harry said. "Honestly, I was thinking I would either go to the Seahawks (at No. 29), or I was thinking the Ravens (at No. 25) or the Raiders (at No. 24). So, the Patriots I was not expecting."

Why so much doubt? Like most Patriots fans, he knew his history: Head coach Bill Belichick had never drafted a receiver in the first round since coming to New England in 2000.

"Once they got to pick 32, we were watching the TV and I heard the announcers talking about wide receivers and how they don't traditionally go wide receiver, how Bill has never picked a wide receiver (in the first round)," Harry said. 

"So I was like, 'It's over. Let me just get ready for Day 2.' And then the call came in."

That call wasn't without a little stress, as Harry was in an area of poor service in Scottsdale, Ariz., and had to scramble to get reception to speak with Belichick.

But the 21-year-old Arizona State product has made a strong connection with the Patriots since then, linking up with Tom Brady for offseason workouts as he aims to validate Belichick's rare decision to snag a receiver in Round 1.

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Tom Brady apparently has become one of Pete Carroll's 'heroes'

Tom Brady apparently has become one of Pete Carroll's 'heroes'

We know Tom Brady inspires many young athletes. But why Pete Carroll, the NFL's oldest head coach?

It turns out the Seattle Seahawks head coach has taken a page from the TB12 handbook by adopting parts of Brady's uber-healthy, plant-based diet. And it's helped Carroll so much that he insists the New England Patriots quarterback is one of his "heroes."

"Tom is one of my heroes," Carroll told NBC Sports' Peter King in a recent interview. "He’s taken a cutting-edge approach to nutrition and well-being. It just shows you you can feel okay … If we keep eating the way we’re eating, then you’re not going to feel good. You’ve got to work at it. We are eating our way into discomfort."

Here's Carroll's full answer on Brady:

It would have been difficult to imagine Carroll choosing Brady as a role model back in February 2015, when Brady's Patriots stunned his Seahawks in Super Bowl XLIX.

But their diet overhauls -- Carroll, like Brady, sticks to plant-based foods -- clearly have worked: Brady looks strong as ever entering his age-42 season, while Carroll has maintained his youthful vigor despite being the only NFL coach older than Bill Belichick.

Neither Brady nor Carroll plan to retire anytime soon. But maybe the Seahawks head coach can do Brady a solid and push his $200 cookbook once they both call it quits.

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Tom Brady reacts to being listed as 22 years old in game day program

Tom Brady reacts to being listed as 22 years old in game day program

Tom Brady is currently the oldest quarterback in the NFL at age 42. But apparently, not everybody knows that.

The New England Patriots quarterback posted a picture of a game day program on his Instagram story recently. And that roster had him listed at just 22 years old, as you can see via this tweet from ESPN.

That's quite a mistake to make, especially considering that Brady is one of the league's longest-tenured players. The mistake certainly must have elicited some laughs from those who noticed it. And evidently, Brady found it funny as well.

Of course, Brady was obviously happy with the results. After all, he has spent the last 10 years hearing about how old he is getting and how close to retirement he is. It must be nice to get a change of pace and be mistaken for being on the younger side.

While Brady isn't 22 anymore, he is still as spry and active as a young quarterback and evidently, he still plans on playing until he's 45. He is only under contract with the Patriots for one more year, despite the extension he inked with the team, but he has made it clear that he wants to continue playing in the NFL for the foreseeable future.

We'll soon see if that ends up being possible and how Brady fares during the 2019 NFL season.

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