Posts Tagged ‘Tom Brady’

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.

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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.

Tom Brady is well aware that a lot of people don’t like him.

During an appearance on WEEI’s “Kirk & Callahan” program Tuesday, the New England Patriots quarterback acknowledged that dealing with criticism comes with the job of being an athlete. He also offered a theory about why it’s easier for football fans to direct their animosity toward a particular player or team.

“I think it’s a different part about football, for example, in America,” Brady said. “I mean, if you look at a lot of other sports around the world, at some point, maybe you get to represent your country, like watching the World Cup in the summer. I see all these soccer players that play for these different clubs but then come together for their country at some point.

“In America, we never get a chance to do that. So, most Americans that live in other parts of the country, they don’t like the Patriots. They don’t like me, and I can understand that. I mean, I was a 49ers fan at one point. They want to see their team win, and when they don’t, I think they’ve got to direct that frustration somewhere else. When you’ve been successful like our team has been, I think frustration gets directed at us, and that’s just part of it.”

When Tom Brady steps onto an NFL field, he still appears to be the same ultra-competitive former sixth-round draft pick who willed himself into becoming possibly the greatest quarterback of all time.

But Brady’s favorite target, Rob Gronkowski, says he’s softened his approach with his teammates during training camp as the 40-year-old nears the end of his Hall of Fame career.

“I would say, probably back in the day, he was probably a little more on you if you didn’t get it right, a little bit more in your face. But he’s going on 41 now, I feel like he backed off on that a little bit, which is nice. He used to be mean to me,” Gronkowski said lightheartedly after Wednesday’s practice, according to ESPN’s Mike Reiss. “Now he’s not to these young guys anymore.”

According to Gronk, though, Brady isn’t showing his age.

“At age 41, there are coaches younger than him on the roster. And he looks younger than the coaches. Just the way he’s moving, just (how) reliable he is at times, is just unbelievable and something to look up to.”

Drew Brees and Tom Brady are changing expectations for the career lengths of NFL quarterbacks at ages 39 and 40, respectively.

New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton credits the lifestyle choices of both quarterbacks for prolonging their careers.

“It’s different now. I mean, it’s different than it used to be,” Payton said on “Going Deep with Dan Schwartzman” on NBC Sports Radio. “When you see Tom Brady and these guys, they’re eating, they’re lifting, they’re sleeping differently. I mean, 25 years ago, Len Dawson was having cigarettes at halftime.

“It’s changed a lot … When you take that and the work ethic and the talent and put it all together, you get the Drew Brees and you get someone special,” said Payton.

Brady is coming off an MVP-winning 2017 season that concluded with a loss to the Philadelphia Eagles in Super Bowl LII. Brees led the league with 386 completed passes and a completion percentage of 72.0 while throwing for 4,334 yards and 23 touchdowns.

Len Dawson, meanwhile, enjoyed a 19-year career from 1957-75. The Hall of Fame quarterback made seven Pro Bowls and was twice named an All-Pro over a career split between the Pittsburgh SteelersCleveland Browns, Dallas Texans, and Kansas City Chiefs.

Former Dallas Cowboys quarterback and current CBS broadcaster Tony Romo says people shouldn’t read too much into reports of tension between Bill Belichick and Tom Brady.

Appearing on NFL Network, Romo compared the Belichick-Brady relationship to that of a married couple.

“I just think when you work together for 15, 20 years, whatever it is, I think that, invariably, when you have the success they have, people have to come up with stuff,” he said. “I also think that I’ve been upset with my coaches before, and then you come back and you’re fine. And then you get upset with them, and you come back and you’re fine. It’s a part of sports.

“… I don’t really think there’s a whole lot to it. I think they probably squabble just like any married couple for 20 years and then they also love each other.”

Romo was also asked if he could see Brady playing for another team besides the New England Patriots.

“My rough guess is that he’s going to finish his career in New England, no question,” Romo said.