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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.”
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.
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.”
While the NFL veteran’s press conference began with questions about his team’s struggles during the game and the entirety of the season, it quickly — and predictably — turned to questions about Brady’s future. Will he retire? Will he stay with the Patriots? What’s next?
Brady, who has likely become accustomed to hearing and deflecting such questions over the past few seasons, managed to say both nothing and everything at the same time in his calculated responses.
“I love the Patriots,” he said while wearing a navy blue beanie that matches the team’s primary color. “Playing for Mr. Kraft all these years, and for coach Belichick, there’s nobody who’s had a better career, I would say, than me, just being with them.”
“I love playing football. I love playing for this team. I’ve loved playing for this team for two decades and winning a lot of games.”
“A lot of games” is certainly an understatement for Brady, whose 219 career regular season wins — a league record — and 64 career losses equate to a winning percentage of .774%, all with New England.
But does his love for the team, owner and head coach he’s spent nearly two decades with overshadow his possible desire to play elsewhere, or to retire? While Brady called his retirement “pretty unlikely,” he declined to elaborate further on his upcoming career plans.
“Who knows what the future holds?” he said. “We’ll leave it at that.”
USWNT star Alex Morgan posted two adorable photos with her husband to Instagram on Sunday, but our attention went straight to her growing baby bump.
Morgan uploaded two photos alongside Servando Carrasco, her spouse of 5 years, while the two were in Berkeley, California, over the weekend. Morgan and Carrasco met while they both were attending and playing soccer at UC Berkeley, and according to Morgan, this was the first time the two had been back to the city together since they graduated.
“So many good memories!” she gushed underneath the snaps of the couple atop Grizzly Peak Vista Point overlooking the city.
When Bill Belichick doesn’t want to talk about something, he doesn’t talk about it.
This isn’t groundbreaking news for anyone who has ever listened to the New England Patriots head coach’s press conferences before. Belichick has become notorious for being tight-lipped, forward-thinking and maybe, at times, coming off a bit grumpy.
So, when he was asked about his team’s Week 17 loss to the Miami Dolphins ahead of the playoffs beginning on Saturday, Belichick shrugged and quickly shot the question down.
“I don’t know what we are or aren’t, doesn’t matter,” he responded to the notion that the Patriots may be underdogs this weekend. “We’re just trying to get ready for the Titans [and] play our best game on Saturday night. That’s it.”
When pressed, the coach continued by saying that the team is “past last week.”