Joe Mixon

What elbow injury? Tom Brady says he's feeling good, practicing more than in recent years

What elbow injury? Tom Brady says he's feeling good, practicing more than in recent years

Tom Brady downplayed the elbow injury that had him showing up on the Patriots injury report the past few weeks - but not this week ahead of the key matchup Saturday against the Buffalo Bills in Foxboro.

In an interview on Westwood One with Jim Gray that aired at halftime of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers-Houston Texans game Saturday afternoon, Brady said injuries hadn't limited his practice time. In fact, the 42-year-old quarterback thought he's had more practice reps this year than in the recent past.

"Feeling really good, especially going into the 15th game," Brady told Gray. "I think I've actually practiced more this year than I have in most of the previous years."

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Earlier Saturday, Mike Giardi of the NFL Network said Brady had been dealing with tennis elbow, but Brady dismissed the notion from Gray that after the season he would admit to having a significant injury in his throwing arm.

"I think some things get blown out of proportion and every player in the NFL deals with bumps and bruises and for me, this is one of the better years I've been feeling so I'm really happy about that."

Brady was also asked about the all-time touchdown pass record set by New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees this week and the fact that at 538 to Brees' record 541 (Peyton Manning has 539), Brady could catch or surpass the 40-year-old Saints QB with a big performance on Saturday. 

Brady said the individual records really reflect the work of a team.

"It's a great credit - I said this the other week -  to what so many of my teammates and coaches have accomplished. There's nothing that can be accomplished as an individual in this sport...," Brady said. "I can't run routes, I don't catch passes, I don't block. I can just do my job. When you accomplish great feats over a long period of time, it's just so many people are deserving of the credit."

And the Patriots QB also touched on his jersey that he sent to Cincinnati Bengals running back Joe Mixon this week. Brady, from San Mateo, Calif., mentioned the Bay Area connection the two share.

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"He grew up where I grew up [Mixon is from Oakley, Calif., near San Franciscso]...I'm just happy to be able to reciprocate some generosity."

"I was a young player who looked up to a lot of guys older than me and I got a chance to meet them," Brady said. "They were the ones that paved the way. They're the ones that set great examples. I want to do the same thing for the young players now that I've become an older player." 


 

Joe Mixon shows off Tom Brady jersey, gushes over 'best Christmas gift ever'

Joe Mixon shows off Tom Brady jersey, gushes over 'best Christmas gift ever'

Tom Brady is a man of his word.

Cincinnati Bengals running back Joe Mixon tweeted following last Sunday's game against the New England Patriots he regretted not asking Brady for his No. 12 jersey.

Fortunately for Mixon, Brady saw the running back's tweet and promised he'd send Mixon one of his jerseys.

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Guess what arrived in the Bengals' locker room Friday?

Mixon proudly showed off the white Patriots jersey Brady sent him, which featured a hand-written note from the GOAT himself:

"Joe, A great player! Keep going!"

Brady said last week he considers Mixon one of the best running backs in the league, and the 23-year-old clearly was humbled by Brady's praise and generosity.

We'd imagine receiving the signed jersey of a six-time Super Bowl champion is one of the high points of 2019 for Mixon, whose Bengals are 1-13 after New England handed them a 34-13 loss last Sunday.

Tom Brady will grant Joe Mixon's wish after seeing Bengals RB's tweet

Tom Brady will grant Joe Mixon's wish after seeing Bengals RB's tweet

Fortunately for Joe Mixon, Tom Brady reads his tweets.

Mixon tweeted after his Cincinnati Bengals lost 34-13 to the New England Patriots on Sunday that he wished he had asked Brady for his jersey when the two met on the field.

On Monday morning, Brady confirmed he'll hook the young Bengals running back up.

"I’m gonna send him one, because I saw that last night," Brady said on WEEI's "The Greg Hill Show." "That was pretty cool."

Furthermore, the Patriots quarterback had pretty high praise for Mixon, who gashed New England's defense for 136 rushing yards on 25 carries Sunday.

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"I feel the same way about so many of these young players that inspire me," Brady said. "I mean, that guy is one of the great running backs in the league."

Players constantly seek Brady out after games to ask for his jersey or simply shake hands with the six-time Super Bowl champion.

The 42-year-old said Monday he welcomes those interactions, because he once was in those players' shoes -- even if it was a long time ago.

"I understand kind of how it goes," Brady said. "You see these guys playing on TV and then you meet them, and it's surreal.

"I've been around Joe Montana and Steve Young and Jerry Rice and Brett Favre, some of the greats, and I feel the same way about them. So, it's just part of our nature.

"The NFL has a camaraderie, and for as hard as we play and as violent as the game is, there's a lot of respect that you really find in contact sports, because you realize the level of commitment and dedication that it takes."

Because of that camaraderie, Mixon is about to receive a one-of-a-kind present from the GOAT.