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[February 07, 2017]
Feb 6 (The Sports Xchange) - The
game-winning jersey Tom Brady wore en route to his record fourth
Super Bowl MVP award was still missing on Monday.
NFL.com posted a locker room video Sunday night showing Brady
telling New England Patriots team owner Robert Kraft, "Someone stole
my game jersey."
USA Today reported that Brady searched unsuccessfully for the white
No. 12 shirt he wore while guiding the Patriots to the biggest
comeback in Super Bowl history, a 34-28 overtime win against the
Atlanta Falcons in Houston.
Boston Fox 25 sports anchor Tom Leyden reported early Monday morning
that a Patriots equipment manager locked up Brady's jersey.
However, Brady told the media at a press conference later in the
morning that he is still missing his championship game jersey.
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Brady and Roger Goodell posed together with the Super Bowl MVP
trophy to cap yet another comeback for the Patriots quarterback at
the George Brown Convention Center.
"I think James White deserves it, would have been pretty nice for
him," Brady said of the unsung third-down back who had a Super
Bowl-record 14 receptions and scored three touchdowns.
"He's just the best teammate. I'm so proud of him and everything
he's accomplished. That particular role in our offense, in the Kevin
Faulk mold, Danny Woodhead mold, Shane Vereen mold, what he and Dion
Lewis have done has been incredible."
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The historic overtime of Super Bowl LI pulled in 111.3 million
viewers in the U.S. on Sunday night, down slightly from last year's
game, according to Nielsen and Fox.
The average audience on Fox was down from the 111.9 million who
watched Super Bowl 50 on CBS in 2016.
Fox said an additional 1.72 million viewers used online streaming to
watch the telecast, plus 650,000 more from a Spanish-language
simulcast on Fox Deportes, giving the network a total average
audience at 113.7 million viewers.
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Super Bowl LI ranks as the fourth most-watched TV event of all time.
The viewing record was set in 2015 with NBC's telecast of Super Bowl
XLIX -- won by the Patriots over the Seattle Seahawks and watched by
an average audience of 114.4 million viewers.
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Former Tennessee Titans tight end Frank Wycheck, who played 11
seasons in the NFL, believes he has the degenerative brain disease
known as CTE.
Wycheck, 45, best known for throwing the lateral to Kevin Dyson for
a 75-yard kickoff return in the Music City Miracle in January 2000,
told Fox-WZTV in Nashville, Tenn., that he is certain he has Chronic
Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE).
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The Pittsburgh Steelers released former first-round cornerback
Gilbert, 25, saw action in 12 regular-season games for the Steelers
in 2016 -- making just three tackles -- after being acquired in a
preseason trade from the Cleveland Browns on Sept. 3. The Steelers
sent the Browns a 2018 sixth-round pick in return.
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Shayne Graham, the most accurate kicker in Cincinnati Bengals
history, announced that he is retiring after 15 NFL seasons.
Graham, 39, made 86.76 percent of his 204 field-goal attempts over
seven years with the Bengals. He played for nine other teams during
his pro career.
Graham didn't kick this season after getting cut by Atlanta at the
end of training camp.
(Editing by Andrew Both)
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