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Former Pro Bowl wide receiver Terry Glenn died in a car accident Monday morning in Texas. He was 43 years old.

The Irving Police Department confirmed to Clarence Hill Jr. of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram that the accident occurred at 12:18 a.m. CT after Glenn’s vehicle struck a concrete barrier dividing a regular lane and an express lane and rolled over, causing Glenn to be ejected.

The cause of the accident is unknown.

Glenn’s 12-year NFL career began after being selected with the No. 7 overall pick in 1996 by the New England Patriots. The wideout would spend six seasons with the Pats from 1996-2001, followed by a lone season with the Green Bay Packers in 2002 before playing the last five years of his career with the Dallas Cowboys from 2003-07.

“We were shocked and deeply saddened by today’s news that Terry Glenn died in an auto accident,” Patriots owner Robert Kraft said in a statement. “Terry was one of the most gifted receiver we have ever had.”

Along with being named to the Pro Bowl in 1999, Glenn was also a two-time AFC champion with the Patriots, and finished his career with 8,823 receiving yards and 44 touchdowns.

Prior to entering the NFL, Glenn became a star at Ohio State after joining the team as a walk-on in 1993, and was recognized with the 1995 Fred Biletnikoff Award as the nation’s most outstanding wide receiver. He was also named a consensus All-American that same year.

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Jameis Winston may have been a little star struck Thursday.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback spoke to Tom Brady after losing to the New England Patriots and appeared to be in awe of the experience.

“I just said, ‘It was an honor.’ I told him thank you. A lot,” Winston said, according to Jenna Laine and Mike Reiss of ESPN. “That’s a blessing, man, to meet someone like that. I dream to be able to be the type of quarterback he is for his team to our team.”

Winston added that he grew up admiring Brady.

“Utmost respect for him,” Winston added. “He’s definitely an inspiration to me and the quarterback position, definitely. Like every young kid growing up with a football in their hand aspiring to be like Peyton Manning, Tom Brady, Joe Montana – guys of that nature. It was a privilege and an honor to meet him, to look him in his eye, to shake his hand. It felt good. That was another highlight of my night.”

Brady seemed to enjoy the meeting as well.

“I feel that same way about a lot of younger players, too,” Brady said. “I watch those guys and try to learn from them. When I was young, I learned from the older guys. And now that I’m older, I’m trying to learn from the young guys. He’s a great young player and he obviously led the team back tonight, and they were very close. He’s got a great future.”

Winston certainly has a long way to go to achieve everything Brady has accomplished in his career, but he seems to already possess the 40-year-old’s competitive nature.

“I hate that he beat me, but he beats a lot of people,” said Winston.

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For Lawrence Taylor, arguably the greatest defensive player in NFL history, all it took was a look at the face of the opposing offensive lineman to know who would be attempting – and likely failing – to block him.

According to New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick, who was Taylor’s defensive coordinator with the New York Giants, the pass-rusher could work it out due to the fear he could see in an opponent’s eyes.

“A player like Lawrence was such a special athlete, but a really special player because of his awareness and instinctiveness,” Belichick said in May on Paul Rabil’s podcast, according to Pro Football Talk’s Michael David Smith.

“Taylor had the ability, when he stood on the end of the line of scrimmage, which is where he played as an outside linebacker/defensive end, he could just tell, it didn’t matter who the person was, or what the play was, or anything else, he could just tell by the look of the opponent on the other side of the line of scrimmage who was going to block him, and that was by how scared they were.”

He continued: “When that tackle was looking at him like, ‘If I’m one split-second late out of my stance, if I am a few inches off on my angle or step, this guy’s going to be behind me.’ They’d have that scared-to-death look. And Taylor could just tell by looking at the guy whether the guy was blocking him or not.”

And it wasn’t just offensive linemen who couldn’t hide their dread at facing Taylor, whom Belichick called “the best defensive player I’ve ever coached, by a good margin.”

“The same thing with the quarterback,” Belichick said. “Taylor would anticipate it was a run because the quarterback didn’t care about him, it was somebody else’s problem. But if it was a pass play, and the quarterback looked at Taylor like, ‘Is he rushing? Is he not rushing? Do I have him picked up?’

“Before the ball was snapped, he could just tell by the terror he felt from that individual, look in the guy’s eye or how nervous he was from play to play, you know run/pass, which guy’s blocking me, that kind of thing. He would often times come off and tell me that, after the first or second series, he said, ‘I can read this on every play. It’s easy.’ Because the tackle, if he had him in pass protection, was scared to death.”

It’s hard to blame any offensive player for being petrified by the uniquely dominant Taylor, who finished his career with 10 first-team All-Pro nods, three Defensive Player of the Year awards, and 132.5 sacks.

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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.