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Randy Moss believes he’ll go down as one of the all-time great players in football history, regardless of how long it takes him to obtain a Hall of Fame jacket.

“First ballot or not, I understand what it is, man,” Moss said Thursday, according to Mark Craig of the Minneapolis Star Tribune. “It’s a political war, and I was one of those guys who didn’t play (politics), nor do I intend to play into politics. So I know what I stood for. I know what the game is. I gave my all to the game, 14 years through the ups and downs, I still gave my commitment to the National Football League. Like it or not.”

The former wide receiver will be eligible for induction into the Hall of Fame for the first time in 2018. He boasts some of the greatest numbers ever amassed by a wideout, yet the same could be said for Terrell Owens, who was kept out by voters in his first round of eligibility this year.

Moss, like Owens, picked up a reputation early in his career as a poor locker-room presence, and wasn’t always on the greatest of terms with the media. Though, he seemed to turn around his image toward the end of his career.

“All I know is I just played the game to the best of my ability,” Moss said. “I put my mark, I put my stamp, I put my family’s name on football, the National Football League. You can’t get any higher.”

Moss finished his 14-year career ranked second on the NFL’s all-time list in receiving touchdowns and third in receiving yards.

Jerry Rice, Steve Largent, Paul Warfield, and Raymond Berry are the only wide receivers who’ve been elected to the Hall on the first ballot.

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Race relations is an unavoidable topic in the Boston area. Protests and rallies have dominated the news cycle and has even led one of the most affable local athletes to weigh-in on the subject.

New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski was asked to share his thoughts on race relations in America and provided a measured response.

“I just feel like evil will always destroy itself,” Gronkowski said to Class Act Sports, according to Sam Galanis of NESN.

“In sports, a team is surrounded with people with different backgrounds, with different races, with different religion. And you know how in order for a team to win is everyone comes together. And I feel like that’s what the USA represents – everyone just needs to come together in order to win, just like sports teams.”

It’s a rare political commentary from a man typically regarded as a party animal.

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Tom Brady came away from Wednesday’s joint practice with the Houston Texans thoroughly impressed by the team’s rookie quarterback, Deshaun Watson.

“Watching him play, he’s got a great future,” Brady told reporters after the practice. “He’s got all the ability.”

Praise couldn’t come from a better source than the five-time Super Bowl champion, and it didn’t appear that Watson was taking the opportunity to share a field with one of football’s all-time greats lightly.

“It’s always great to be able to learn and watch Tom Brady, one of the best ever, and see how he works,” said Watson after the practice session. “Each time he takes the field he’s out there taking charge, being a leader.”

Though Brady appeared genuinely excited to meet the Heisman finalist, he wasn’t ready to share many of the secrets to his success. When asked what advice he passed on to Watson, Brady replied: “Most of the time it’s your own team. You’re trying to help the guys you play with.”

Brady just turned 40, but it seems he’s as competitive as ever heading into the upcoming season.

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Tom Brady won’t reveal whether he suffered a concussion last season because he doesn’t believe it’s anyone’s business but his.

Speaking to reporters at New England Patriots training camp Friday, Brady wouldn’t discuss his health and said that type of information is personal, according to ESPN’s Mike Reiss.

The NFL, which requires players and teams to disclose concussions, would probably disagree.

Brady’s wife, supermodel Gisele Bundchen, said on “CBS This Morning” in May that Brady did indeed suffer a concussion in 2016.

“He had a concussion last year,” Bundchen said. “I mean he has concussions pretty much … we don’t talk about it. But he does have concussions. I don’t really think it’s a healthy thing for your body to go through that kind of aggression all the time. That cannot be healthy for you, right? I’m planning on having him be healthy and do a lot of fun things when we’re like 100, I hope.”

Brady appeared on the Patriots’ injury report several times in 2016, but was never listed as having a concussion. In fact, he hasn’t appeared on the injury report with a concussion in any of the past four seasons.

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New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady finally addressed his wife’s claim that he suffered a concussion during the 2016 season.

During an interview on “CBS This Morning” that aired on May 17, Gisele Bundchen said Brady suffered a concussion during the 2016 campaign but played through it. Bundchen’s comments were considered controversial in large part due to the fact that the Patriots never listed Brady with a concussion on the team’s injury report.

Brady, however, was listed on the report several times with knee and thigh ailments.

The Patriots’ superstar spoke to ESPN’s “E:60” Sunday about the concussion claim, but avoided explicitly mentioning whether he indeed suffered the injury.

“She’s there every day. 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,” Brady said, via John Breech of CBS Sports.

Despite Bundchen’s concerns about Brady’s long-term health, the quarterback says she supports his desire to play well into his mid-forties.

“She’ll support me as long as I continue to want to play,” Brady said. “She’s like my mom, the two of them together sitting next to each other in the suite watching me get hit all day, I’m sure it’s not fun, but they know how well I take care of myself, too.”

It may never be known whether Brady suffered a concussion, but it remains clear that the quarterback is undeterred by the perils of professional football and aims to lead the Patriots well into the next decade, with a host of teams looking to dethrone the reigning champions.

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Tom Brady’s father revealed to the Boston Globe on Monday that his wife, Galynn, completed her cancer treatments two months ago.

The mother of the Super Bowl-winning quarterback underwent chemotherapy and radiation treatments in 2016 and only managed to attend one of Brady’s games, Super Bowl LI.

“She is doing great,” Tom Brady Sr. said to Christopher L. Gasper of the Boston Globe. “She is getting out and playing golf and tennis and looks wonderful.

“I think in the dark recesses of every cancer survivor is the thought it could reappear. We simply pray now that after her treatment it never rears its ugly head again.”

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Dr. Bennet Omalu, who inspired the 2015 Will Smith film “Concussion,” praised Gisele Bundchen after she revealed Tuesday that her husband, Tom Brady, suffered a concussion in 2016.

“I believe it is something angelic to speak up,” Omalu told TMZ. “She’s an angel. An angel of truth and an angel of love. … The truth will always prevail. We should not be afraid of the truth because of the inconvenience of the truth. But when we embrace the truth, just like Gisele has done, the truth is empowering, is enlightening, and is vindicating. … So, (Gisele) is my hero.”

The NFL said there are no records of Brady sustaining a concussion or a head injury last season. However, neither Brady or the New England Patriots have commented on Bundchen’s claim.

The 39-year-old quarterback hasn’t been listed on the injury report with a concussion dating back to 2004, when data first became available.