Tom Brady, Patriots players team up with Guy Fieri for a good cause — and plenty of food and football

The clouds over Boston couldn’t dampen the spirits of Tom Brady, Guy Fieri or any of the guests at the Cooking with Best Buddies Food and Wine Festival and accompanying football game at Harvard University.

Best Buddies International, a nonprofit organization benefiting those with intellectual and developmental disabilities, kicked off a weekend’s worth of festivities in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Friday evening.

Popular celebrity chef and TV personality Guy Fieri hosted the second annual Guy Cooking with Best Buddies event while New England Patriots quarterback and Super Bowl LI MVP Tom Brady held the Best Buddies Football Challenge flag football game at Harvard Stadium.

The game featured Brady quarterbacking for both teams alongside some of his famous friends, including Massachusetts Congressman Joe Kennedy and Patriots teammates Julian Edelman, Danny Amendola, James White and Dion Lewis.

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The Patriots are no longer holding back their feelings on Roger Goodell

It’s no secret that New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick doesn’t like distractions in his locker room.

Over the past two years, as the shadow of Deflategate and Tom Brady’s four-game suspension hung over both his team and the league, Belichick remained as stoic as ever. His players followed suit, staying as quiet as possible about their newly-strained relationship with Commissioner of the NFL Roger Goodell, all the while keeping their eyes on the prize of getting to and winning Super Bowl LI.

Many speculated about what would happen if the Patriots were to win the Super Bowl in the 2016-17 season. How would Goodell deal with handing the Lombardi Trophy to team owner Robert Kraft — or even to Brady?

In the days leading up to the big game, Goodell insisted he would not feel awkward up on that stage with the Patriots, going so far as to say it would be “an honor” to award Brady his fifth trophy. He also addressed his notable absence from Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts, throughout the 2016 season and playoffs, saying that he would gladly attend a Patriots home game if the team were to invite him.

Other than a few thinly veiled shots at the commissioner from Robert Kraft, the Patriots, still, kept their feelings to themselves.

Until now.

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