Brady: I'll keep working to be a lifelong Patriot

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Brady: I'll keep working to be a lifelong Patriot

There's been a lot of talk hereabouts about athletic entitlement, with the Red Sox -- seen as spoiled and underachieving -- being used by talk-show hosts as a prime example.

But that's not something local fans will ever have to worry about with Tom Brady.

The Patriots quarterback -- in an interview with SI.com's Peter King about his fundraiser for organization called Best Buddies, a volunteer movement that promotes personal and professional relationships and work opportunities for intellectually and developmentally disabled people -- said he wants to play his entire career in New England, but thinks he'll have to keep earning the job year after year.

"I just met with Coach Bill Belichick last Thursday morning,'' Brady said. "I still feel like I'm in my first year trying to prove myself. There's no entitlement around Coach Belichick. I've got to be the best guy for him to keep playing me. When I'm not, someone else will play.''

He pointed to Peyton Manning moving from the Colts to the Broncos as proof that nothing is guaranteed in the NFL.

"That's a great example of how sometimes true professionals have to move on,'' he said. "Nothing surprises me anymore in the NFL.''

He also touched on several other topics:

On Matt Light's retirement: "Well, Matt called me a while ago and told me what he was planning to do, and I've called him every week since then trying to talk him out of it. He had such a great year for us. But there was no way I was going to be able to talk him out of it. He'll be a tough player to replace. But, you know, every year in this game, there's a lot of change.''

On how long he plans to play: "Gisele Bundchen, his wife said to me, 'When I met you in 2006, you said you wanted to play 10 more years. How come that number never goes down?' It's that I love the game. I love the game. I'm going to play until they tell me they don't want me anymore.''

On his arm strength, after King noted a fourth-quarter pass in the Super Bowl to Rob Gronkowski was underthrown by four to six yards and intercepted by Giants linebacker Chase Blackburn: "It was a bad throw. Bad throw. You hope your bad throws don't come at big times or really hurt the team, but that one did. Bad throw, bad decision . . . I can throw the ball today as far as I've ever been able to throw it. That's not the issue there. Brett Favre threw it great in his last year or so. 50-year-old Rockies pitcher Jamie Moyer's still getting people out. That's not a problem.''

SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL: Rawls leads Seahawks to 40-7 rout of Panthers

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SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL: Rawls leads Seahawks to 40-7 rout of Panthers

SEATTLE - Behind Thomas Rawls bouncing off and through tacklers and a big-play punch from Tyler Lockett, the Seattle Seahawks rediscovered their offensive star power on Sunday night.

It came at a significant cost to their defense.

Rawls ran for 103 yards and two touchdowns in the first half, Lockett took a reverse 75 yards for a score to open the second half and the Seahawks routed the Carolina Panthers 40-7 on Sunday night.

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Troy Brown: Greatest Show on Turf lost to 'greatest team on [bleeping] Earth'

Troy Brown: Greatest Show on Turf lost to 'greatest team on [bleeping] Earth'

Move over, Larry Bird and David Ortiz. Troy Brown is joining the party.

Bird was the inaugural member of Pottymouthed Boston Athletes Speaking In Public group; in 1981, he enlived the Celtics' City Hall Plaza celebration of their NBA title by quipping, "Yeah, Moses does eat [blank]" after spotting a sign in the crowd that declared Moses Malone of the just-vanguished Houston Rockets ate . . . well, you know. In 2013, he was joined by Ortiz, though Big Papi's expletive was emotional and from the heart: Days after the Boston Marathon bombing that killed three and injured 264, Ortiz thundered "This is our [bleeping] city" to a stunned, and then delighted, Fenway Park crowd honoring the first responders to the tragedy.

And now we have Troy Brown.

MORE ON 2001 PATRIOTS

The Patriots honored their 2001 Super Bowl champions, who not only kicked off the Patriots dynasty but jump-started Boston's decade-and-a-half of athletic dominance, at halftime of Sunday's win over the Rams. It proceeded as expected -- you knew you were going to hear Robert Kraft's "We are all Patriots" again (and again, and again) -- until Brown took the podium.

“The best fans, we got them," he began. "The best coach, we got him. The best owner, we got him. The most rings, we’re working it.”

Pointing to the group of 40 or so ex-teammates who had gathered for the occasion, he continued: “This is the original group of guys who did their job. The Optum Lounge, the nice seats and the scoreboard" -- in other words, Gillette Stadium -- "is here because of this group."

It was the group that upset the Rams -- a.k.a. The Greatest Show On Turf -- in Super Bowl XXXVI. And, in the end, Brown couldn't hold his tongue.

"Fifteen years ago, the Greatest Show on Turf lost to the greatest team on [bleeping] Earth.”

Larry and Big Papi? You've got company.