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VIDEO: Jay Glazer Releases Security Footage Following Brady Jersey Theft

Ian Logue
March 21, 2017 at 10:47 am ET

While Tom Brady’s jerseys from Super Bowl XLIX and LI have been recovered, the mystery continues in terms of how the culprit behind the theft could have gotten away with it.

On Monday, reports emerged that the two jerseys had been recovered, and on Tuesday FS1’s Jay Glazer released security footage he obtained of the perpetrator walking in and then later out of the locker room.

The Sporting News’ Jordan Heck posted the video on via his Twitter account (see below), and you can see Maurico Ortega, the man Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reported was behind the heist, calmly walking both in and then later leaving the Patriots’ locker room.

One would have to believe that this incident will certainly change the way the NFL handles security in their teams’ locker rooms moving forward, and hopefully prevent such events moving forward.

Tom Brady’s Super Bowl Jersey Recovered, Stolen By Media Member

Ian Logue
March 20, 2017 at 10:12 am ET

The mystery surrounding Tom Brady’s Super Bowl jersey has been solved, and the details are a little disturbing if they’re true in terms of who was behind it.

According to ESPN, Brady’s jersey was reportedly taken by an international credentialed media member, who apparently was also the culprit behind the one that was stolen from Brady back in 2015 during their Super Bowl win over the Seahawks.

Brady had revealed in an interview after the win over Atlanta that this had been the second time a theft had occurred, and this news explains how it could have happened twice after learning that it was the same person who stole it originally.

“Through the cooperation of the NFL and New England Patriots’ security teams, the FBI and other law enforcement authorities, the Super Bowl LI jersey worn last month by MVP Tom Brady has been recovered,” the NFL said in its statement via ESPN. “Also retrieved during the ongoing investigation was the jersey Brady wore in the Patriots’ victory in Super Bowl XLIX against the Seattle Seahawks in 2015.

“The items were found in the possession of a credentialed member of the international media. Due to the ongoing investigation, we would refer any additional questions to the FBI.”

The jerseys were reportedly found in Mexico, although the name of the media member behind the theft has yet to be released.

Hopefully moving forward, the NFL does a better job of preventing something like this from reoccurring and according to the Houston police, the person behind it is now facing a first-degree felony.

With Visit with Saints On Deck, Is Butler’s Time in New England Over?

Ian Logue
March 14, 2017 at 1:53 pm ET

It would have been hard to imagine as the confetti fell in Houston just over a month ago that Malcolm Butler would be on the verge of being out of New England just six weeks later, barely removed from winning his second championship as a member of the Patriots.

It’s amazing just how quickly things can change, and now Butler’s future is suddenly in doubt given how things have transpired over the last week.

According to the Associated Press, Butler is scheduled to meet with the New Orleans Saints on Thursday, with Ian Rapoport reporting that it’s more than just a discussion to explore the cornerback’s options.  Rapoport reports that the two sides have already begun negotiations on a new contract, with the hopes of consummating a deal this week.

Butler is currently a restricted free agent and has a first-round tender placed on him by the Patriots, which for now, he hasn’t signed.  However, if New Orleans is offering what he wants and the Patriots are O.K. with making a deal to send him there, it’s possible Butler could sign the tender, which would allow New England to deal him.

The next question would be the type of compensation the Bill Belichick would be willing to accept.  The Saints currently have the Patriots 32nd overall selection that they traded in exchange to bring receiver Brandin Cooks to New England, as well as the 11th overall pick in the draft.  While an offer sheet that the Patriots could decline to match would yield them a first round pick (the higher of the Staints’ two selections), the fact Belichick has such a good relationship with Saints head coach Sean Payton would more than likely see them skip that process and work out the compensation from there.

Two years ago, Butler was a Super Bowl hero. Now, he might be done in New England.

The only question will be what the Patriots would receive in return.  Having just signed free agent cornerback Stephon Gilmore, New England at least has someone they feel can be a quality top corner on their roster if they were to lose Butler.  They currently sit without a draft pick in the first two rounds, and it’s possible that by moving Butler, they’ll get back something to change that should a deal come to pass.

Another team reportedly in the mix could be the Houston Texans, with Eric Edholm reporting that the Texans are interested in possibly giving up  second-round selection if they can work out a long-term deal.  That would seem unlikely given that Belichick’s preference would likely be to send Butler out of the conference, and the fact it might not be a strong enough depending on what the Saints come through with.

Needless to say things are about to get interesting after an already crazy start to free agency this offseason, and it appears that more change is certainly on the way as the Patriots continue building the 2017 version of their roster.

Belichick Set to Be Keynote Speaker at Texas Clinic

Ian Logue
March 1, 2017 at 5:00 am ET

After the NCAA made the decision barring high school coaches from speaking at clinics like the one being held in April at the annual Texas Coaches Clinic, it looks like Longhorn head coach Tom Herman decided to help make sure at least one high-profile person will be on hand for their event.

According to the Dallas News, Bill Belichick will be attending the two-day clinic in April as the keynote speaker, with Herman tweeting out a picture announcing the Patriots coach’s attendance.

The clinic runs from April 7-8, with Herman reportedly hoping that Belichick’s presencehelps draw a strong attendance for the event.

Tom Brady Posts Video of His Ski Crash On Social Media

Robert Alvarez
February 25, 2017 at 12:45 pm ET

Since the Super Bowl LI championship parade, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady has been spending time away vacationing at the Yellowstone Club ski resort in Montana but nearly gave his career a scare following a day on the slopes.

Over his Instagram account last week, Brady shared the following video of himself wiping out on a ski jump that would have given most fans a heart attack.

If you french fry when you're supposed to pizza, you're gonna have a bad time! Trust me!!!

A post shared by Tom Brady (@tombrady) on

Fans immediately commented on the video panicking that he might have severely injured himself, but Brady provided an update when close friend and soccer legend David Beckham asked if he was alright.

Brady took the accident in stride and made fun of himself by tying the video into a clip from a well known episode of the Comedy Central show “South Park” while referencing the line “If you French fry when you’re supposed to pizza, you’re gonna have a bad time! Trust me!!!” as the video caption.

Hopefully Jones Can Follow in Cannon’s Footsteps

Ian Logue
February 20, 2017 at 5:00 am ET

Tom Brady and Bill Belichick talk all the time about the importance of mental toughness, and a certain player on New England’s roster certainly has a long offseason ahead as he tries to rebuild his own after a difficult rookie campaign.

Rookie defensive back Cyrus Jones started the year with plenty of optimism after being selected in the second round in this year’s draft, putting him under the spotlight since he was the first player taken after the Patriots were left without a round one pick thanks to Roger Goodell’s penalty for DeflateGate.

His selection seemed like a good one, with Jones coming in as a relatively heralded player having played for Nick Saban at the University of Alabama.  He had a reputation as a hard-worker and someone who enjoyed spending his free time in the film room, all attributes that fit the mold the Patriots typically love to add to their roster.

“I love watching film,” Jones told reporters shortly after being selected.  “I used to get teased a lot at ‘Bama by my coaches saying I should have an office where their offices were because I was in the film room so much and up there almost just as much as they were.”

“I love watching film and think that’s the key to becoming a better player. There are a lot of players in this league that have physical gifts and talent but you know working hard off the field, I think that’s what separates you.”

The other thing that separates a player is how well he can overcome adversity during the tough times, and that’s exactly what Jones is facing.  He had some rough moments in his rookie year, including a game that saw him get ejected, along with his well-noted struggles returning kicks.  He saw limited snaps in the secondary but showed some promise defensively, although toward the end of the season, he found himself inactive for five of New England’s final six games, including their Super Bowl victory over Atlanta.

Jones was a star at Alabama but had a rocky rookie season in the NFL.

After a difficult season, Jones felt like an outsider as the Patriots went on to win their fifth Lombardi Trophy.

“I’ll never take credit for something I don’t feel I contributed to,” Jones told the Baltimore Sun last week.  “I was part of the team, but I didn’t feel a part of it.”

It’s now lead to plenty of frustration on his part, especially after his repeated problems in the return game ultimately boiled over in a Monday night game against the Ravens in December where Jones allowed a punt to bounce off his foot and then failed to dive on the football, allowing the Ravens to recover.

Overall he fumbled five times in 2017, which to Jones was so uncharacteristic given how well he played in college that it reached a point where he just felt like he could never get it together, and he almost gave up.

“I honestly felt cursed,” he told the Sun. “I reached a point where I didn’t even want to play. I just didn’t have it.”

He’s not the only one who has endured rough times here in New England, with Marcus Cannon being the most recent name that comes to mind after what happened in 2015.  The veteran tackle took a lot of heat for his struggles that season, so much so that he even deleted his Twitter account.  But instead of letting it break him, Cannon clearly buckled down and got back to work, finishing the 2016 season as an incredible asset to New England’s offensive line.  He faced some tough competition all season, and managed to neutralize some of the league’s best players.  One of those included Denver’s Von Miller, who absolutely tortured him the previous season as the Broncos hit Brady an incredible 20 times in an AFC Championship loss for New England (the NFL scorekeepers later lowered that total to 17, but it’s still a mind-blowing number for a single game), which Miller played a big part in.  But reuniting Cannon with offensive line coach Donte Scarnecchia changed everything this past season and finally got him back on track, to the point where Cannon earned himself an extension.

That’s what the best players do, and Jones needs to have a chat with someone like Cannon who knows what it’s like to be in his shoes.  The same could even be said for Devin McCourty, who had a terrific rookie year at cornerback and then followed it with a frustrating second season that saw him struggle badly.  However, he also never game up and has ultimately become one of the top safeties in the game.

It all comes down to how adversity is channeled and while Jones is down on himself, he’s already preparing to turn it around in 2017.  According to the Sun, Jones is currently working at an offseason performance center in New Jersey, having even canceled a vacation with his parents because, “No such thing as an offseason for me,” he told the newspaper. “I didn’t earn it.”

It’s hard not to root for a player like that and it’s certainly too early to give up on him at this point.  We’ve seen adversity bring out the best in several players on this football team in years past and hopefully for Jones, he’ll be the next player to fall into that category next season.


VIDEO: Patriots Fan Trolls Atlanta Airport

Robert Alvarez
February 15, 2017 at 11:32 pm ET

Before Super Bowl LI, an Atlanta Falcons dance party at Hartsfield-Jackson airport went viral across social media at the gate for Houston-bound airlines.

In response to the Patriots beating the Falcons, one brave Patriots fan returned to the scene in an effort to troll Atlanta after losing the big game.

Wearing a LeGarrette Blount jersey, the fan replicates the same exact dance moves but humorously all alone.

MUST SEE: Rob Gronkowski Celebrates Super Bowl Titles With The Rock

Robert Alvarez
February 9, 2017 at 1:02 pm ET

Just when you think you’ve seen it all with Rob Gronkowski, out comes his newfound  friendship with wrestler and actor Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson.

Despite playing just eight games in 2016, Gronkowski remains the Patriots biggest party boy post Super Bowl as he was featured in this wildly bizarre but “gronk-like” posted to Johnson’s YouTube page on Wednesday.

Gronk isn’t the first Patriot to associate himself with The Rock, quarterback Tom Brady “called him out” during the season as a part of a promotion for his Under Armour Sleepwear.

WARNING: NSFW, Some Language.

Brady Never Had Any Doubt: “How Many Times Have We Ever Gotten Blown Out?”

Ian Logue
February 6, 2017 at 11:25 pm ET

Tom Brady pulled off a comeback for the ages Sunday night, overcoming a 28-3 third-quarter deficit before leading the offense to 31 unanswered points, the final six of which came in overtime in a dramatic Super Bowl win.

Despite what seemed like an insurmountable road back, Brady admitted that he never had any doubt given how the team has fought back throughout his career.

“Yeah, I certainly do,” said Brady when asked during his weekly radio appearance on WEEI’s Kirk & Callahan if he always believes they’re still in it, even when trailing like they were against Atlanta.  “I mean, how many times have we ever gotten blown out?  You know?  Not many.  You can probably count on one hand the amount of times over a long period of time that we’ve gotten blown out.”

Brady has a point.  The only games that really come to mind are ones like the “bury the ball” game from 2001 after a 30-10 loss to the Dolphins, the famous “they hate their coach game” in the 2003 opener after trading Lawyer Milloy to Buffalo where they lost 31-0 to the Bills and Drew Bledsoe, a 21-0 loss to Miami in 2006, the 33-14 loss to the Ravens in the playoffs in 2009 in a game that they were never really in, a 34-14 loss to the Browns in 2010, as well as the Monday night debacle out in Kansas City in 2014 where they lost 41-14, sparking some discussion about whether or not Brady’s career might be coming to a close.

Not being blown out is generally a credit to preparation as well as on-field performance.  The other part is mental toughness and knowing that the effort still needs to be there for all 60-minutes.  Brady said this team had plenty of that, and they never give up, which is what allowed them to get back into the game.

“We’ve got a lot of heart and a lot of determination and perseverance,” said Brady.  “I think a lot of times in football, you’ve just got to get going.  Once you can get going, you get a little momentum.”

“We’ve played with a lot of those leads before too and we know that you still have to keep your foot on the gas pedal, because things can change quickly. Once we got going, they had a hard time slowing us down.”

Patriots Were Down But With Brady, They Were Never Out

Ian Logue
at 1:59 am ET

Coming into Super Bowl LI Tom Brady had already cemented his place as the greatest quarterback in the history of the league.

On Sunday night, he essentially became immortal.

The best part about Sunday night’s game is that the world got to see one of the best performances of all time, as it was Brady’s incredible grit and determination that played a big role as the Patriots fought their way back from 25-points down to a historic 34-28 come-from-behind victory for the ages to win their fifth Super Bowl Championship.

Brady finished the game 43-of-62 for 466 yards and two touchdowns, one of which came with 8:24 left in the game to pull them to within eight points at 28-20 and gave them the confidence to pull off the win.

It certainly wasn’t easy and this one definitely could have gone the other way.  After all, the Patriots found themselves trailing 28-3 after a first half where so much had gone wrong and things obviously looked pretty bleak.  The worst moment was Brady’s interception with just over two minutes to go in the half, which came after he had fought to get his team down to the Atlanta 23-yard line.  On the play he made a bad read while trying to force the ball to Danny Amendola, but it was picked off and run back 82-yards for a Falcons touchdown.

At that point, Atlanta seemed poised to run away with the game up 21-0, especially since the Patriots didn’t seem to have any answer for what the Falcons’ defense had been throwing at them.  It’s a play that could have sealed the game for a lesser team or quarterback, and it’s one that might have also ignited the whispers about his future during the offseason if the Patriots had given up and crumbled at that point.

But that didn’t happen, and Brady went right back to work and lead them all the way back to Atlanta’s 23-yard line to help set up a 41-yard field goal by Stephen Gostkowski to close out the half.  While Brady and his team headed to the locker room trailing by 18 at 21-3 coming into the second half, the game didn’t seem lost quite yet.

When they hit the field in the second half, the Patriots seemed like they finally had some confidence after their defense forced a 3-and-out to begin the 3rd quarter.  While the Falcons did score a touchdown on their next possession, New England began to grab some momentum after reaching the end zone for the first time on a 5-yard pass from Brady to James White, cutting the lead to 19 at 28-9 after Gostkowski missed the extra point.

Credit the Patriots defense, who forced a three-and-out by the Falcons on their ensuing drive, and Brady marched them 72 yards on 12 plays as Gostkowski hit yet another field goal, pulling New England to within two touchdowns of getting back into the game at 28-12 with just under 10-minutes to go in the contest.

The defense came through yet again, with Dont’a Hightower coming free on a 3rd-and-1 for a sack of Matt Ryan where the veteran linebacker stripped the ball out and New England recovered at the Atlanta 25-yard line.

Five plays later, Brady hit Amendola for the touchdown and followed it up with a two-point conversion by James White.  Suddenly, the deficit was just eight points at 28-20, and you could tell that the tide was beginning to turn with just under six minutes to go in the game.

But on the next drive, it seemed like the Patriots luck was running out after the Falcons marched from their own 10 down into New England territory after hitting on plays of 39 and 27 yards, which had them back in field goal range sitting at the Patriots’ 22 yard line.  But a sack by Trey Flowers backed them up 12 yards and a holding penalty moved them back 10 more, forcing Atlanta to eventually have to punt the football.

That was all Brady needed.  He went to work, marching New England from their own 9-yard line down to the Atlanta 1-yard line.  White punched it in and Brady hit Amendola on the two-point attempt, and NRG Stadium exploded as all of the Patriots fans on hand erupted after witnessing their team battle back to overcome a 25-point deficit to knot the score at 28-28, erasing the Falcons’ lead for the biggest comeback ever in Super Bowl history.

New England’s defense held to close out regulation and thanks to Brady, the next time they hit the field was to celebrate.  The Patriots won the toss and elected to receive and the veteran quarterback marched them methodically down the field from their own 25-yard line down to the Falcons’ 15-yard line as he hit on 5-of-6 passes.  But the biggest play of the drive came after Martellus Bennett was interfered with, which put the ball at the Falcons 2-yard line.

Two plays later, James White battled his way into the end zone and just like that, the confetti fell from the rafters and history was made.

The win will go down as the greatest come back in Super Bowl history in the lone overtime ever played on the world’s biggest stage.  But the best part is it was won by a quarterback who further cemented his legacy as the best ever, while doing it as a player in a league that spent the last two years doing him wrong.

Thankfully for Brady, he left no doubt Sunday night.  It will go down as a performance for the ages, and anyone who still might have questions hopefully got all the answers they needed following this historic victory.

He’s the best ever.  And for the fifth time, he’s now a Super Bowl Champion.