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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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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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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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Nineteen years into his storied career, Tom Brady jerseys are still flying off the shelves.

The 41-year-old quarterback had the top-selling jersey of any player during the 2018 season.

Second to Brady is Chicago Bears pass-rusher Khalil Mack. In his first season in the Windy City, Mack helped the Bears go from worst to first in the NFC North and reach the postseason with a 12-4 record.

Patrick Mahomes ranks third on the list after an MVP-caliber season in which he threw for more than 5,000 yards and tossed 50 touchdown passes. Fellow MVP candidate Drew Brees is sixth.

Super rookies Saquon Barkley and Baker Mayfield made the top 10 and will likely battle it out for Offensive Rookie of the Year honors.

Pittsburgh Steelers receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster rounded the list out. Look away, Antonio Brown.

 

 

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.

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.