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James Conner Has NFL's Second-Best Selling Jersey

Jul 20, 2017 9:39 AM

Pittsburgh Steelers rookie James Conner ranks No. 2 among all NFL players on the Dick's Sporting Goods' jersey report behind Tom Brady.

Conner captivated college football by overcoming Hodgkin lymphoma in 2015 while at Pitt.

The Steelers drafted the playmaker in the third round, No. 105 overall.

"It's a dream come true," Conner said about staying in Pittsburgh. "They gave me the opportunity of a lifetime, and they are going to get a hard worker and a great football player."

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Julian Edelman: Talk Of Patriots Going 19-0 Is 'Stupid'

Jul 17, 2017 7:54 AM

Julian Edelman doesn't like hearing talk that the New England Patriots could go undefeated this season.

Edelman called the speculation "stupid" when asked about it by the Boston Herald.

"You can't worry about what other people say, honestly. I mean, there's no script to this thing. There's no camera. This isn't Hollywood. This is real life," the wide receiver said. "When you go out and play in the National Football League, it's one of those things where it's even stupid to think about that. It's never been done. You don't really want to talk about it.

"My focus is more on trying to get ready for the season, trying to learn your teammates, form your identity. [The 19-0 talk is] stupid. That's it."

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Tom Brady Releasing Conditioning, Nutrition Book

Jul 7, 2017 9:31 AM

Tom Brady will release a conditioning and nutrition book this September.

Simon & Schuster announced Thursday that it has acquired the rights to Brady's book, which will be called "The TB12 Method: How To Achieve A Lifetime Of Sustained Peak Performance."

The publisher said that the 320-page book will be "a gorgeously illustrated and deeply practical 'athlete's bible' that reveals Brady's revolutionary approach to sustained peak performance for athletes of all kinds and of all ages."

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Tom Brady Finally Addresses Gisele's Concussion Comments

Jul 3, 2017 9:19 AM

Tom Brady has finally addressed comments his wife, Gisele Bundchen, made six weeks ago about the quarterback suffering concussions.

In May, Gisele said Brady "had a concussion last year." The New England Patriots never listed him on the injury report with one, nor was it reported.

"She's there every day," Brady told ESPN's Kevin Negandhi. "I mean, we go to bed in the same bed every night, so I think she knows when I'm sore, she knows when I'm tired, she knows when I get hit. We drive home together [from games]. But, she also knows how well I take care of myself. She's a very concerned wife and very loving."

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Tom Brady Voted NFL's Best Player

Jun 26, 2017 10:55 PM

Tom Brady has been voted the NFL's top player in the NFL Network's annual top-100 poll voted upon by fellow players.

It marks the second time that Brady has ranked No. 1 and makes him the only player to be voted first multiple times since the poll debuted in 2011. He was No. 2 last season, behind Cam Newton.

Brady was also voted No. 1 in 2011. He was fourth in both 2012 and 2013 and third in both 2014 and 2015.

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Devonta Freeman Was 'Supposed' To Be Super Bowl MVP

Jun 23, 2017 11:00 AM

Devonta Freeman believes he lost the chance to be named MVP of this past Super Bowl.

"I hate to go there, but I was supposed to be the MVP this year of the Super Bowl, but it's all good, we got another shot," the Atlanta Falcons running back said.

The Falcons held a 28-3 lead over the New England Patriots late in February's big game before watching Tom Brady led a historic comeback.

"I don't want to make this no competition thing with me and my quarterback [Matt Ryan, the NFL MVP]. I'm just talking about from based off that game. Let's [say] it like this: If I would have kept getting the ball, if I would have stayed in the game, I don't know why I got out of the game actually.

"But if I would have stayed in the game, I would have got MVP. I'm looking at my stats and I see my numbers didn't lie. Look at my numbers," he said.

Freeman had 75 yards rushing on 11 carries, including a 5-yard touchdown run. He also had two catches for 46 yards. But he had just five rushes for 4 yards in the second half and overtime.

Brady was named the MVP of the game.

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Patriots Sign David Harris

Jun 21, 2017 11:21 AM

The New England Patriots have agreed to a two-year deal with David Harris.

The New York Jets released Harris on June 6 after being unable to agree on a pay cut with the linebacker, who played 10 seasons for the team.

The Patriots needed a linebacker to play the most snaps alongside Dont'a Hightower.

Harris was surprised by the Jets' decision to release him.

A second-round pick in 2007, Harris ranks No. 2 in tackles in Jets team history. 

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Roger Goodell Denies Relationship With Robert Kraft Was Ever Strained

Jun 20, 2017 1:48 PM

Roger Goodell traveled to Jerusalem for the inauguration of the Kraft Family Sports Complex on Tuesday.

"Robert is very important to me personally ..." Goodell told The Jerusalem Post's Allon Sinai. "My friendship with Robert was never strained. We both understand that we have jobs ...

"I know how important this is for him. My respect and admiration for him has never waned. We believe our best days are ahead."

The tension between the Patriots and Goodell was palpable during the presentation of the Lombardi Trophy following New England's Super Bowl LI victory.

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Former NFL Player Ryan O'Callaghan Comes Out As Gay

Jun 20, 2017 1:31 PM

Ryan O'Callaghan, former offensive tackle for the New England Patriots and Kansas City Chiefs, has come out as gay.

O'Callaghan came out to himself in junior high school but he decided that he would never let anyone know.

“If you’re a gay kid and you hear someone you love say ‘fag,’ it makes you think that in their eyes you’re just a fag too,” O’Callaghan told Outsports on a recent visit to Los Angeles for his first-ever Pride celebration. “That got to me a lot.”

O'Callaghan had planned to commit suicide when his NFL career ended until a small group of people in the Chiefs' organization helped him.

No one is going to assume the big football player is gay,” he said. “It’s why a football team is such a good place to hide."

O’Callaghan can’t recall a single time during his six NFL seasons that he heard someone use a gay slur.

When injuries ended O'Callaghan's career, he began abusing painkillers.

“I started spending all my money to put myself in a position where it would be impossible, or at least extremely difficult, to back out of killing myself,” said O'Callaghan. 

While methodically sabotaging his own life, O’Callaghan was going to physical therapy at the Chiefs facility. David Price, Kansas City's head trainer, began noticing O'Callaghan was acting erratically. 

Price encouraged O’Callaghan to spend some time with Susan Wilson, a woman who worked with the Chiefs and the NFL counseling players on drug abuse.

“David saw the pain pills as the problem, and they were,” O’Callaghan explained. “But the real problem was why I was abusing them. And it wasn’t just the injuries.”

Wilson became the first to whom he confided he was gay. As O'Callaghan ended his drug abuse, he came out to Scott Pioli.

“People like me are supposed to react a certain way, I guess,” Pioli told Outsports. “I wasn’t minimizing what he was telling me, but I’m waiting for the other shoe to drop. He built this up and built this up to the point where he said he was nearly suicidal. What Ryan didn’t know is how many gay people I’ve had in my life.”

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Tom Brady Dreams Of Playing NFL Game In China

Jun 20, 2017 8:39 AM

Tom Brady, on a promotional tour in China, said that he'd love to play an NFL game in the country.

The New England Patriots were scheduled to face the Seattle Seahawks in a 2007 preseason game in China, but the game was ultimately canceled.

"My dream is to play a game here in China someday," Brady said. "We had an opportunity, I think, 10 years ago, and my team was going to play here, and unfortunately it didn't work out. But one day I hope that there are many games here, and over the course of a year, because it's such a great sport and because I love it so much, to bring that here and to bring the discipline and incredible strategy involved."

The NFL is reportedly looking to play a regular-season game in China next year.

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Patriots' Super Bowl Rings Have 283 Diamonds
The Patriots' Super Bowl LI rings each contain 283 diamonds, a subtle nod to the team's comeback from a 28-3 deficit against the Falcons in February.

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Patriots Vs. Cowboys Considered Most Likely Super Bowl LII Matchup
ESPN gives the Patriots a 50.7 percent chance of reaching the Super Bowl.

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Julian Edelman Signs Two-Year, $11M Extension With Patriots
Julian Edelman was entering the final season of his contract in 2017.

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Jimmy Garoppolo Open To Extension With Patriots
Jimmy Garoppolo is entering the final season of his contract with the Patriots.

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Eric Mangini Hopes To Reconcile With Bill Belichick
Bill Belichick was once Eric Mangini's close-friend and mentor but they haven't spoken since the Spygate incident in 2007.

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Andrew Hawkins Agrees To One-Year Deal With Patriots
Andrew Hawkins most recently made headlines by earning his master's degree from Columbia with a 4.0 GPA.

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Patriots Restructure Rob Gronkowski's Deal To Include Big Incentives
The Patriots have restructured Rob Gronkowski's contract for the 2017 season, giving him the chance to become the NFL's highest-paid tight end through incentives.

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Agent: Tom Brady Didn't Suffer Concussion In 2016
Tom Brady's health came into question after his wife, Gisele Bundchen, said earlier this week on CBS This Morning that Brady "had a concussion last year."

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Gisele: Tom Brady Suffered Concussion In 2016
Tom Brady's wife, Gisele Bundchen, says he has a history of concussions, including one suffered last year during the Patriots' run to the Super Bowl.

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Eagles Sign LeGarrette Blount To One-Year Deal
The deal is worth up to $2.8 million, with a base value of $1.25 million and incentives worth upward of $1.55 million, according to a source.

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Tom Brady To Be On Cover Of 'Madden NFL 18'
Tom Brady has been selected to be on the cover of "Madden NFL 18," becoming the oldest player to appear on the cover of the popular EA Sports game.

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Patriots, David Andrews Agree To Three-Year Extension
The Patriots have agreed to a three-year contract extension with starting center David Andrews, according to sources.

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Stephon Gilmore Gets No. 24 From Cyrus Jones
Stephon Gilmore will wear No. 24 with the Patriots after wrestling the number away from Cyrus Jones.

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Patriots Use Rare UFA Tender On LeGarrette Blount
The Patriots have issued an unrestricted free agent tender to LeGarrette Blount, according to a league source.

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Judge Agrees To Erase Aaron Hernandez's Murder Conviction
A judge ruled Tuesday that Aaron Hernandez's conviction in a 2013 murder can be erased because he died before his appeal was heard.

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Patriots Favored In Every Game In 2017
The Patriots are the only NFL team favored in every game in the lines released by sportsbook operator CG Technology on Tuesday.

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Court Releases Hernandez's Letter To Fiancee
Aaron Hernandez's suicide came just five days after he was acquitted in a 2012 double slaying.

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Michael Floyd Visits With Vikings, Hopes To Have Deal Soon
Michael Floyd is talking to the Minnesota Vikings, among other teams, and hopes to have a deal by end of next week, according to a source.

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Malcolm Butler Joins Patriots For Voluntary Workouts
The two sides did not reach an agreement on a long-term contract extension this offseason.

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Panthers Want To Run More Tom Brady-Style Passes For Cam Newton
The Panthers want to add to their offense this season and Mike Shula says one dimension they plan to add includes more Tom Brady-style passes to running backs.

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