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Quarterback Tom Brady and head coach Bill Belichick will be making a ninth Super Bowl appearance as a tandem at the helm of the New England Patriots after sneaking past the Kansas City Chiefs in Sunday’s AFC Championship Game.

The two future Hall of Famers shared a familiar emotional embrace on the field after the win. Brady says the moment was indicative of their relationship.

“We’ve always gotten along great,” Brady said in his weekly appearance on WEEI’s “Mut and Callahan Show” on Monday, as reported by ESPN. “We’ve worked together for 19 years. So we’ve had the same goals in mind for 19 years. He’s been just a great, great mentor in my life, a great coach. He’s taught me more than anyone ever could about the game of football.

“I’ve always just loved playing here and playing for him. He’s the greatest coach of all time and we’ve just had some incredible moments together.”

The two will be trying to win a sixth championship together when they face the Los Angeles Rams in Super Bowl LIII on Feb. 3 in Atlanta.

It’s the Patriots’ third consecutive trip to the Super Bowl and fourth in five years.

They finished the 2018 regular season atop the AFC East yet again with an 11-5 record, earning their ninth straight first-round bye and a 10th consecutive postseason appearance.

Belichick has been named Coach of the Year three times during the dynastic run while Brady has won three regular-season MVPs and four Super Bowl MVPs.

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The Brothers of Destruction were one of the most dominant forces in WWE history, and Kane and The Undertakerremain active to this day. Kane was recently a guest on The Steve Austin Show and he discussed his working relationship with The Deadman.

Now that Glenn Jacobs is mayor of Knox County in Tennessee, he has more time to be retrospective about his career as The Big Red Machine. He explained that when he was in developmental, he felt nervous about the character. His mind was put at ease when he was convinced that The Undertaker would do whatever it took to make the character work.

“Again, going back to what Dutch Mantell told me. At the time I was working for Jerry Lawler in the USWA. I was still under contract with the WWF, but they weren’t doing anything with me so they farmed me out with Jerry Lawler. I am talking with Dutch Mantell and he is telling me that the Kane character is going to be successful because Mark [Undertaker] Calloway is going to make it successful,” Jacobs said. “That is exactly what happened. He was always a huge advocate of mine. In fact, the first match against The Undertaker was actually in Smoky Mountain Wrestling. He and Shawn Michaels came down and did a show I think was called ‘Super Brawl’ with Jim Cornette.”

At the time of Kane’s debut, big men dominated the wrestling industry. Jacobs said The Undertaker knew it would be a great advantage for him to work a program with someone like him. He also said The Undertaker played a huge part in helping him improve his in-ring performance.

“As you say, he is a big guy that I think he felt that he could draw money with me. The thing about being a big guy in our business is again, you don’t have to take as many bumps but anything you do has to look extremely believable because everything is exaggerated when it you are bigger. People expect that. So that is sort of the drawback of it. Yes, you have to know how to be vulnerable and sell the right way and all of those things but I was very fortunate because Mark was behind the whole thing,” Jacobs said. “He was tremendously helpful. In fact, it is one of those things where you would have egos once in a while where someone wouldn’t want to do something where they need to do and basically I would tell them, look, you can either do this or we can talk to Undertaker about it and eventually they did. Mark also understood that success in this business when you are in this business it is like a dance and it takes two people to succeed.”

Jacobs said he is proud of everything he has done with The Undertaker. With the months-long buildup to the debut of his character, there was a lot of pressure to make sure it didn’t flop. Jacobs said it was The Undertaker who was responsible for his success as Kane.

“He was always all about it and as much as anything the table that was set for me I am going to go in there with The Undertaker. Paul Bearer had been talking about Kane months before he came out, all this stuff that was set up where Kane was going to be successful,” he said. “I was fortunate to be the guy that was in that position and to go in there with The Undertaker. The first Hell in a Cell match with The Undertaker and Shawn Michaels, which had never happened before and I was involved with that. It was one of those things where I couldn’t have written anything better than that.”

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New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft didn’t hold back when reflecting on the talent of his starting quarterback Tom Brady, who’s brought the franchise five Super Bowls over a wildly successful 19-year career.

“Definitely the greatest player of all time – not just quarterback in my opinion,” Kraft said of Brady in an interview with ESPN. “Because he’s such a leader in the locker room. For someone double the age of some of the players to be able to lead like that, and connect like that, and have the work ethic that he has, and at the same time so pleasant to be around – I’m really the luckiest guy in the world.”

The Patriots drafted Brady in the sixth round of the 2000 NFL Draft. Since then, Brady has made eight Super Bowl appearances, holds the record for most games won by a quarterback (207), ranks fourth all time in passing yards (70,514), and sits third all time in passing touchdowns (517).

The quarterback made an impression on Kraft immediately.

“I think of him as that skinny young man coming down the steps of the old stadium with the pizza box and introducing himself to me,” Kraft noted. “I said, ‘I know who you are, you’re Tom Brady from Michigan, our sixth-round draft choice. And he said, ‘And I’m the best decision this organization has ever made.’

“Of course, he was fourth on the depth chart. But I think he sure was right. But the greatest thing about him is he’s the same guy he was then. He’s a genuine person. He’s kind. He’s polite to everyone. He’s a very caring person.”

Should the underdog Patriots defeat the Kansas City Chiefs in the AFC Championship Game on Sunday, Brady will have the chance to add to his Super Bowl records of most touchdown passes (18) and passing yards (2,576).

Kraft also showed some love to head coach Bill Belichick, who boasts a 261-123 career head coaching record.

“(Bill) is the GOAT of coaches, just like our quarterback is the GOAT of quarterbacks. And no one can dispute it.”

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If Nick Foles‘ time in Philadelphia is over, it’s been a hell of a run.

Foles led the Eagles on a second consecutive playoff march this season, but there won’t be another Super Bowl triumph after the magic ended with a loss to the New Orleans Saints on Sunday.

“I can’t say enough good things about Nick. To do the things he’s done the last two years, like I said, I can’t thank him enough,” Eagles head coach Doug Pederson said on Sportsradio 94WIP on Monday morning.

“He’s a pro’s pro. He’s a great human being. He’ll always be remembered in Philadelphia for bringing a Super Bowl.”

Despite Foles’ 4-1 record in the playoffs over the past two years, the Eagles remain committed to Carson Wentz as their franchise quarterback.

There’s a mutual option in Foles’ contract that would pay him $20 million for 2019 if he stays with the Eagles. The team must first decide – within one week of February’s Super Bowl – whether or not to exercise the option. If the option is exercised, Foles would have five days to either accept the contract or pay back $2 million of his own money in order to hit free agency.

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WWE Hall of Famer Road Warrior Animal explained why he’s looking forward to Cody Rhodes and The Elite’s new wrestling promotion, All Elite Wrestling, on his What A Rush Podcast this past week. Animal, being a nearly 40-year ring veteran, believes that he could assist AEW in developing their talent, especially the tag team division.

Animal believes that AEW will be special in how they present their product, giving fans a back-to-basics show that won’t make promises they ultimately fail to fulfill.

“That’s another show that, Cody being a part of ALL IN, they asked me to be on in the spring,” Animal said. “And I don’t know if that’s going to be with the NWA or that’s going to be with ELITE, but either way, I’ll be excited to do that show, too. It’s great to see a company opening that’s going back to basics and doing what’s right in pro wrestling. Giving the fans what they expect to see, not having to do a big ceremonial, ‘We’ll give you what you want to see!’ and then do what we want to do anyway. This is really about what the fans need to see.”

Animal hopes to join the growing roster of AEW and apply his lifelong knowledge of pro wrestling to better the brand that Khan and The Elite are premiering. Animal’s accolades speak for themselves, having been a multi-time tag team champion in wrestling promotions all over the world and being inducted into the NWA, WWE, and Professional Wrestling Hall of Fames, respectively. Animal wants to give the knowledge back and create an outstanding tag team division with AEW.

“They got a great product and I think I’d help them enhance their product with my wrestling knowledge in the tag team industry especially, and I think I could be a good addition other than anything else,” Animal stated.

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One of the best seasons of Philip Rivers‘ career has led the Los Angeles Chargers to a shot at redemption against the New England Patriots in next weekend’s divisional round, 11 years after a 21-12 loss in the 2008 AFC Championship.

The eight-time Pro Bowler is looking forward to the opportunity to avenge a 19-for-37 performance with just 211 passing yards, no touchdowns, and two interceptions, after beating the Baltimore Ravens in Sunday’s wild-card game.

“Is it special to just go to New England against a Hall of Fame coach (Bill Belichick) and arguably the best quarterback ever to play (Tom Brady) and get another shot at them? Heck yeah. Heck yeah it is. It is special,” Rivers said after the win, according to Ben Volin of the Boston Globe.

“I’m not playing those guys, but I have a great deal of respect, fan of those guys. So to get an opportunity to go against them 11 years after we had that opportunity in that 2007 season, yeah, it’s awesome. I’m looking forward to it.”

The 37-year-old Rivers had one of his more lackluster performances of the season on Sunday, completing 22 of 32 attempts for just 160 yards with no touchdowns or interceptions against the Ravens’ stellar defense.

He had a completion percentage of 68.3 with 4,308 passing yards, 32 touchdowns, and 12 interceptions while leading the Chargers to a 12-4 record in the regular season. His 105.5 quarterback rating matched a career high he’d hit twice before.

The former fourth overall pick of the New York Giants has never beaten Tom Brady in his career and is just 1-7 against the Patriots – including a 0-2 postseason record – with his lone victory coming against Matt Cassel.

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To the dismay of the worldwide wrestling community, WWEannounced this week that “Mean” Gene Okerlund died at the age of 76. Okerlund has an extensive legacy of interviews and backstage segments that span the course of nearly 50 years and he is included in the WWE and Professional Wrestling Hall of Fames.

Earlier this week, WWE Hall of Famer Ric Flair was a guest on Busted Open Radio and spent the majority of his interview going in-depth on his relationship with Okerlund. Flair would later explain that no announcer has since replicated Okerlund’s success because the current WWE announcers aren’t being given the same time and opportunities that previous announcers had.

Multiple of Okerlund’s most well-known interviews were with Flair. The two men had a chemistry that played off one another and it helped elevate both of their characters, giving the WWE Universe moments that are often still replayed and talked about. Flair reflected on his history with Okerlund, calling him a great guy and remembering how they would seek out one another’s company no matter the event they were attending.

“I’ve been reluctant to talk to a lot of people because I’m not sure if that’s appropriate yet—for me to start talking about all the fun we’ve had,” Flair said. “Bubba’s known me forever, he knows that whatever I have done in my life, I’ve had fun. Let’s just say I’ve had more fun on strictly a social level. We contributed to each other’s health issues, let’s put it like that. But we had — God — so much fun. And not just fun, but quality time. And even when I wasn’t with Gene, if he was at a Comic Con or a signing, or whatever, we just always got together. WrestleMania, the most important thing for me, aside from the stuff with my daughter as of recent, was Wendy and I finding Gene and enjoying each other socially. Tremendous relationship, great guy.”

Flair went on to explain exactly why he thinks Okerlund is the best in-ring announcer in the history of professional wrestling. Flair believes that an interview between him and Okerlund would steal the show just as often as if Flair were to wrestle at an event.

“It’s not even arguable as to whether or not he’s the best in-ring announcer,” Flair said. “I don’t mean like Jim Ross at calling the matches, but if a guy didn’t have ‘it,’ or if a guy got lost, or if the crowd wasn’t reacting, Gene could save a promo. He could bring wit and humor to it, he could articulate, he was extremely intelligent and loved. If I knew I had a two minute or three minute interview, which back in the old days, we got that kind of time, I knew the show was mine. I didn’t have to wrestle if I had three minutes in the ring with Gene Okerlund to have fun with the crowd or entertain them. I just can’t say enough about him.”

Flair also mentioned why he thinks no one has been able to replicate the character and success that Okerlund has, saying that current WWE announcers aren’t given the same lengthy interviews or opportunities that interviewers had in Okerlund’s prime.

“It’s not a rap on anybody today, but you’re just not going to find someone like him,” Flair said. “I just haven’t seen anybody, even if we don’t talk about the announcing or the roles people like that play enough. We used to focus on people like Gordon Solie, and Gene, and Jim Ross, and now it’s because the role doesn’t seem to be as important; And it’s not because the guys aren’t good, it’s just that they aren’t featured. Gene was a featured part of every show in my opinion.”

Flair once again reiterated how unparalleled the career of Okerlund was.

“He’ll always be remembered, to me, as the most entertaining guy outside of the wrestlers themselves. Ever,” Flair emphasized. “In the history of the business, nobody even close.”