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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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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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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Alex Morgan gives glimpse of growing baby bump in sweet pics with husband Servando Carrasco

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. 

The second photo in the post gave fans a new glimpse at Morgan’s pregnant belly, roughly two months after the couple announced that they were expecting a baby girl

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NHL player Erik Haula pays tribute to unborn daughter after her death: ‘We cannot wait to hold you one day in heaven’

Carolina Hurricanes center Erik Haula and his wife, Kristen Haula, took to Instagram to announce the tragic loss of their unborn daughter this week. 

“While it’s not what is best for everyone, it personally feels best for us to share,” Kristen explained of the family’s decision to make the loss public. She revealed that after feeling “amazing” during her entire pregnancy, which the couple announced in November, that an ultrasound on Monday revealed their baby had lost her heartbeat. 

“While it may be hard to see the light at the end of the tunnel on some days going forward, and some may be harder than others to understand why this happened, the complete joy & excitement she has brought to us and those who love her will be with us forever,” she continued. “Mommy and Daddy know she is being taken care of in heaven.”

Erik Haula echoed his wife’s heartbreaking sentiments in his own post on Wednesday, which revealed that the death occurred on December 30. 

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Tom Brady posts selfie with longtime rival Peyton Manning: ‘We were friends this whole time’

Tom Brady and Peyton Manning may have been bitter rivals on the gridiron, but off of it, they’re just a couple of buddies taking selfies.

Manning, drafted in 1998 by the Indianapolis Colts, and Brady, drafted in 2000 by the New England Patriots, have been constantly compared and often found themselves fighting it out on the biggest of stages. From 2001 to 2015, the two quarterbacks played each other a total of 17 times before Manning announced his retirement in 2016. 

The two faced off in high-stakes games so often, in fact, that their rivalry has its own Wikipedia page

Brady and Manning’s friendship had been documented previously, but the Patriots quarterback decided to put any and all rumors of bad blood to rest on Wednesday with a post on Instagram.

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David Ortiz’s family members post heartwarming Father’s Day messages

Sunday marked one week since former Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz was shot in the back at close range in his native Dominican Republic.

The Red Sox sent a team plane to transport Ortiz to Massachusetts for further medical treatment and have been giving fans regular updates on his health, courtesy of his wife, Tiffany.

Ortiz’s children, son D’Angelo and daughter Alexandria, have also been posting updates about their dad during his recovery from multiple surgeries.

On Sunday, the family took to Instagram to publish another round of tributes to the future Hall of Famer in honor of Father’s Day in the United States. As Alexandria noted in her post, the family still has Dominican Father’s Day to celebrate on July 28, which will hopefully be a much happier occasion.

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Athletes post sweet tributes to their dads, kids on Father’s Day

Social media was flooded with pictures of dads on Sunday – and that included plenty of posts from the world’s biggest athletes. 

Superstar football, baseball and basketball players all took to Instagram on Father’s Day to pay tribute to their dads. 

Many of the athletes who are fathers themselves instead dedicated their social media posts to their own kids. Pedro Martinez, Malcolm Jenkins and Jayson Tatum were among those giving shout-outs to the tiny people who made them dads.

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Athletes post sweet pics of their moms, wives for Mother’s Day

In the United States, Mother’s Day is a chance to honor and cherish the mother figures in your life — especially on Instagram. 

This has become especially true for the nation’s biggest athletes, whose moms are heralded as the real MVPs behind their lavish lives and successful careers. Many of today’s most talented football, basketball and baseball players took to Instagram on Sunday to post sweet photos and videos of their mothers and the mothers of their children. 

Several stars, like Tom Brady and Russell Westbrook, took to the social media platform more than once to thank multiple moms in their life. 

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Photos: Patriots players post scenes from Super Bowl victory parade

For some New England Patriots players, Super Bowl LIII was their first NFL championship win. For others, like Julian Edelman, Devin McCourty and Rob Gronkowski, it was their third. And for a select few within the organization, it was their sixth. 

Regardless of experience, all of those Patriots took to the streets of Boston on Tuesday to party like it was 1999 – or, more realistically, 2002. 

Roughly a million fans lined the route for Tuesday’s Super Bowl victory parade to celebrate the Patriots’ sixth title in franchise history. Players, who rode on duck boats with their families and friends, took to Instagram to document the day: 

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