Veteran teammate posts heartfelt message to Tom Brady on telling Instagram post

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady posted a lengthy message to Instagram on Wednesday in which he thanked fans, lamented the end of his 2019 season and addressed rumors regarding his future in the league. 

Though the heartfelt photo caption was largely directed at loyal Patriots supporters, the words also resonated with several of Brady’s teammates, opponents around the league and even a few superstar celebrities. 

One player in particular who was struck by Brady’s message was veteran Patriots tight end Benjamin Watson, who played alongside the quarterback in 2019 as well as from 2004 to 2009, a span during which the Patriots appeared in two Super Bowls, winning one.  

While Brady used his platform to send his thanks to Patriots fans, Watson commented that it was Brady himself who actually deserved a thank you. 

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Teammate Sydney Leroux reveals mistake she made officiating Ashlyn Harris and Ali Krieger’s wedding

The stunning nuptials of USWNT stars Ashlyn Harris and Ali Krieger received a well-deserved standing ovation — and then some. 

Sydney Leroux, a teammate of Harris and Krieger’s from the 2015 World Cup and currently with the Orlando Pride, officiated the wedding last month and revealed on Instagram on Tuesday that a small mistake she made led to guests standing throughout the entire ceremony. 

“Remember when I forgot to tell everyone to sit down after I said ‘all rise’ so everyone stood for the entire ceremony?” she said alongside a photo of herself with the two brides. “Whatever. We stand for the queens.”

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Seahawks’ Jadeveon Clowney calls Eagles fans ‘worst in the world’ after hit on Carson Wentz

The Philadelphia Eagles were forced to play the majority of their wild-card round matchup against the Seattle Seahawks without starting quarterback Carson Wentz after he suffered a hit to his helmet that caused him to be removed from the game on Sunday.

The perpetrator from Seattle was defensive end Jadeveon Clowney, who said after the game that the incident came on a “bang-bang play” and that he had no intention of injuring Wentz. 

Intention aside, the damage was done, and Seattle ultimately won the game 17-9 to advance in the postseason while the Eagles, behind backup quarterback Josh McCown, were sent packing. 

After the game, Clowney had some harsh words for supporters watching the Eagles both at Lincoln Financial Field and at home. 

“Worst fans in the world,” he said, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer

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Drew Brees shares sweet photo of his daughter that he ‘could not post’ during season

Drew Brees and his New Orleans Saints were shocked in the wild-card round of the NFL playoffs on Sunday when they were upset by the Minnesota Vikings and knocked out of the postseason

As has been the norm with the Saints’ losses lately, the game didn’t come without its fair share of controversy, specifically regarding the overtime touchdown by Minnesota that won the game

While New Orleans fans continue to stew over the perceived mistake (and another against their NBA team, the Pelicans), it appears Brees is moving on and choosing to enjoy his offseason with his family. 

On Tuesday, Brees shared multiple photos to Instagram to commemorate the end of the season: one with his teammates, and one of his daughter, Rylen. The latter photo Brees noted that he “could not post” during the season — because the sweet snap is of Rylen studying her father’s call sheet. 

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Texans’ J.J. Watt slams coverage of fiancée Kealia Ohai’s trade to Chicago Red Stars: ‘Be better than this’

The Houston Dash of the National Women’s Soccer League traded forward Kealia Ohai to the Chicago Dash on Monday, a move Ohai said she is “extremely excited” for. 

Her fiancé, Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt, is excited, too — but not necessarily about the coverage his future spouse is getting. 

While Watt said on Monday that he is “very proud” and “excited” for Ohai, his attention on Tuesday turned instead to a local Houston news outlet that neglected to use Ohai’s name in a tweet announcing the news of her trade. The post only referred to Ohai as “J.J. Watt’s fiancée,” causing the NFL star to respond on his own Twitter page. 

“This headline is trash,” he began, before explaining that Ohai is “incredible entirely in her own merit and deserves to be treated as such.”

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Backup Eagles quarterback Josh McCown tearful but ‘thankful’ after loss to Seahawks

Backup Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Josh McCown was thrust into the spotlight on Sunday when starter Carson Wentz was knocked out of the team’s wild-card round game against the Seattle Seahawks. 

It was an emotional moment for McCown, a 40-year-old NFL veteran who has played for 11 teams since being drafted in 2002, who was making his postseason debut. He led the Eagles to three field goals but no touchdowns as the team fell at home to Seattle, 17-9.

A widely viewed clip on Twitter after the game showed a tearful McCown embracing Eagles tight end Zach Ertz after the loss, which eliminated Philadelphia from the playoffs: 

McCown was similarly emotional in his postgame press conference, during which he said he was “thankful” for the “special” moment of finally getting to play in the postseason. 

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Carson Wentz posts update on health after hit to head: ‘It’s the unfortunate part of this game’

Philadelphia Eagles starting quarterback Carson Wentz posted an update for fans on Instagram the day after he was knocked out of his team’s wild-card round matchup against the Seattle Seahawks. 

Wentz was removed from Sunday’s game, which Philadelphia ultimately lost 17-9, shortly after suffering a helmet-to-helmet hit by Jadeveon Clowney in the first quarter — though the Seahawks defender wasn’t penalized for the hit

On Monday, Wentz informed fans that he “will be just fine” in a post thanking fans for their “thoughts and prayers” after his injury. 

“So dang proud of this team and how we battled and overcame so much this season,” the quarterback began his message before addressing the play that caused him to be taken out of the game.

“Head injuries are a scary thing so I appreciate everybody’s thoughts and prayers,” he said. “Hate not being out there to finish it out with my guys because of a play like that, but it’s the unfortunate part of this game.”

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