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The family of Hall of Fame linebacker Junior Seau settled its wrongful death lawsuit against the NFL, according to the Associated Press.

Seau committed suicide in 2012 at the age of 43. A study of his brain post-death revealed that he had chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), the degenerative brain disease that has since been discovered in several other deceased players and is changing the way head injuries are dealt with in all sports.

The Seau family filed its lawsuit in 2013. In 2014, the family opted out of the NFL concussion plan, which pays up to $4 million to the families of over 20,000 retired players.

Seau played 20 seasons in the NFL, spending the first 13 with the San Diego Chargers before moving on to the Miami Dolphins for three and then the New England Patriots for four. The 12-time Pro Bowler was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame as a member of the 2015 class.

Seau had four children, the youngest of which is now 18.

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Winnipeg Jets superstar Mark Scheifele envisions a lengthy career for himself because of his meticulously crafted diet and an unrelenting love for the game.

“I want to play until I’m 40,” Scheifele told ESPN’s Emily Kaplan. “That’s my goal. There are so many opportunities now to innovate to get a little bit of an edge, and I’d love exploring that. Doing the right things now will affect me 10 years from now and will give me the longevity to play until I’m old.”

Scheifele’s mission is sounding similar to the goals made by 41-year-old New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady. Brady also cites his regimented dietas one of the reasons he feels several good years are still ahead for him.

“Tom Brady is the best in the world and only seems to be getting better with age,” Scheifele said. “Why wouldn’t I want to learn from him?”

Scheifele is 25 years old, and he’s developed into one of the NHL’s top producers. Over his last two seasons, he’s registered 142 points in 139 games, cementing his status as one of the league’s elite with 14 goals in 17 playoff games over the spring.

Scheifele has a long way to go and is aiming high with his goals. Entering the 2018-19 season, only two players in the NHL – Matt Cullen and Zdeno Chara – are 40-plus years old and still playing.

Following a loss to the Detroit Lions on Sunday night, New England Patriotstight end Rob Gronkowski confirmed that the Pats considered trading him to Motown this offseason.

Gronk doesn’t want to leave Tom Brady’s side, and he threatened to retire as a result.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported on Sunday morning that the trade was nearly consummated before this year’s draft, but Gronkowski refused to answer the Lions’ phone calls.

Gronkowski has spent his entire nine-year career in New England, winning two Super Bowls. In that time, however, he’s played a complete 16-game campaign just twice and 15 games two other times.

Nonetheless, Gronk is a four-time All-Pro and has formed a strong bond with Brady, even following his quarterback’s TB12 training methods.

The Patriots restructured the tight end’s contract ahead of the 2018 season, adding $4.3 million in incentives.

The Lions, coached by former Patriots defensive coordinator Matt Patricia, managed to shut down the Brady-Gronkowski connection on Sunday, limiting Gronk to four catches for 51 yards.

New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski admitted he was outplayed Sunday by the Jacksonville Jaguars‘ suffocating – and equally brash – defense.

“They did a good job overall,” Gronkowski said after the Patriots fell 31-20 in northern Florida, according to Karen Guregian of the Boston Herald. “I just have to watch the film, how they did it. They’ve got good players. I have to play better. They did a good job. They’re a good team.”

Covered primarily by safety Tashaun Gipson, Gronkowski was limited to two receptions for 15 yards. He entered the contest under a microscope after Jaguars cornerback Jalen Ramsey called him overrated during the offseason.

“It’s difficult versus a team like that,” Gronkowski said. “You have to be prepared, you have to ready. You have to find the openings. That’s one thing I didn’t do.”

It was a frustrating day all around for the Patriots, who were dominated by Jacksonville in a rematch of last year’s AFC title game. Gronkowski had one reception for 21 yards in that affair, though he was knocked out early with a concussion.

“A lot of people wanted to see the matchup with Jalen so I apologize I didn’t give them that matchup,” Gipson said after his standout performance against Gronkowski, per NFL Network’s Michael Giardi.

” … I feel I have never met a tight end I couldn’t cover. I have been doing this since last year and it’s a matchup I was excited about. (Gronkowski) wasn’t excited about it as I was because I am just Tashaun Gipson. … When you turn on the tape, you can see what it looked like.”

Gronkowski, who posted seven receptions for 123 yards and a touchdown against the Houston Texans in the season opener, will look to bounce back in Week 3 versus the Detroit Lions.

Trash talking is one area of football that Tom Brady doesn’t excel at, according to teammate Rob Gronkowski.

The New England Patriots tight end was asked to rank Brady’s trash-talking skills during a press conference Wednesday and gave his teammate a failing grade.

“One out of 10,” Gronkowski said.

When asked why Brady is such a bad trash talker, Gronkowski explained, “He’s focused always. He gets going sometimes out on the field, I’ve seen him. Depending on the game, depending on the situation, where he is compared to the defensive players. He hands off the ball, he’s 10 yards back, so it’s not like he can really get after it. I would say usually on his QB sneaks is when he talks trash if he does.”

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady was glad to be one of the few quarterbacks to avoid the verbal wrath of Jacksonville Jaguars cornerback Jalen Ramsey.

In a now-infamous GQ interview before the season, Ramsey blasted several highly regarded NFL pivots, but mentioned Brady on his short list of signal-callers that don’t “suck.”

“I never want to suck,” Brady told reporters Wednesday when asked to respond to Ramsey’s assessment. “I don’t want to be in that category.”

While Ramsey didn’t expand much on his analysis of Brady, the future Hall of Fame quarterback offered a longer breakdown of Ramsey, who’s become one of the game’s top corners since entering the league in 2016.

“I mean, he’s a great player,” Brady said. “Yeah, he’s very talented – big, fast, very rare talents, rare abilities, size, speed. They match him up with the top receiver from time to time, and he holds his own versus everybody. So, he’s a great young player.”

Brady and the Patriots are set to take on Ramsey and the Jaguars on Sunday in a rematch of last year’s AFC Championship Game.

With wrestling in her blood, it always seemed to be destiny that Carmella would one day become a WWE Superstar. Her father, Paul Van Dale, was a jobber for WWE during the Golden Age and she comes from an athletic background herself.

Carmella talked about her path into the wrestling industry with KATC TV ahead of SmackDown airing from the Cajundome in Lafayette, Louisiana.

“I have a background in dance so I danced my entire life, since I was three years old,” stated Carmella. “And I cheered in the NFL [for the Patriots), in the NBA [for the Lakers]. My dad was a wrestler back in the early 90s, so it just brought everything full circle with my dad’s background and my love of performing and entertainment, and now here I am in the WWE.”

Carmella cheered for the Patriots for three seasons before applying for Tough Enough in 2010. But she then withdrew her application after landing a role as a Laker Girl. She would finally join NXT in 2013 and made her main roster debut on SmackDown in 2016.

After becoming the first Ms. Money in the Bank, Carmella cashed in and defeated Charlotte Flair for the SmackDown Women’s Championship in April 2018. But Charlotte won back the title at SummerSlam (with some help from Becky Lynch) and Carmella is eager to regain the title that was once hers.

“Well, Charlotte Flair,” Carmella responded when asked who her rival is. “She took my title from me. I did beat her twice, however she beat me and took my title from me unfortunately. But I’m gonna get it back.”