Brady in Manhattan to support UGG For Men

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Brady in Manhattan to support UGG For Men

A sign of June: Patriots "content" involving UGGs.

But June it is and OTAs aren't open to the media until Thursday, so here you have it.

Tom Brady "traded his cleats for boots on Tuesday night."

This according to the New York Post, which detailed Brady's trip to Midtown Manhattan for an UGG For Men store opening. The Patriots quarterback has been one of the brand's spokesmen since 2010.

I had the slippers for a long time, all through college. Its a California brand so being a California kid, I know something about them, he said. As you can see when you go in there, there are so many different styles, so it is a cool brand. Its a lot of fun to be a part of something thats grown as much as it has over the past few years.

You know Brady went to Michigan. You know he was a backup his first two years -- which caused him great angst -- before starting every game in 1998 and 1999. But I bet you didn't know he wore UGG slippers in that span!

Let's move on.

Whenever we advertise digitally or on Tom in print, we have a positive reaction, said UGG President Connie Rishwain.

The rest of the Patriots have had a positive reaction as well.

I wear them all the time. I certainly have a lot of variety," Brady said. "I wear them to the Stadium, to work. Especially at the football stadium, a lot of my teammates, Ive given away a lot of slippers to them over the years too. When you walk in the morning and half of the team is wearing the slippers you gave them, its pretty cool.

It's difficult to imagine 53 NFL players in UGG slippers. But probably less so in June than September, so we'll take it.

Brady on Hogan after record-setting night: 'He's been incredible'

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Brady on Hogan after record-setting night: 'He's been incredible'

FOXBORO -- Someone told Chris Hogan before the AFC Championship that it would be a game he'd look back on 30 years from now and remember in perfect detail. 

That may be difficult for him given the sheer volume of plays he made in Sunday's 36-17 win over the Steelers. Hogan finished the game with nine catches for 180 yards and two touchdowns on 12 targets, surpassing Deion Branch for the franchise record for receiving yards in a postseason game. 

"It'll be something that definitely I'll remember for the rest of my career," he said, "and probably for the rest of my life . . . I'm happy for everyone in this locker room, all these guys in the locker room, the coaches. We've worked so hard to get here, and I was just happy that I was able to help this team get a win tonight."

Hogan did more than that. He was pivotal during New England's first touchdown drive of the night, catching passes on three consecutive plays for a total of 41 yards, and then reeling in an easy 16-yard touchdown when the Steelers defense lost track of him in the right half of the end zone. 

"I moved a little bit to the left because they were pressuring up the middle, and the pocket kind of collapsed," Brady said. "So I kind of slid to the left and I had good vision. They kind of bit down on Julian [Edelman] pretty hard, and then Hogs just was standing there in the back of the end zone."

Hogan's other catches were generally more contested than that one, but several were made without a Steelers defender harrassing him. And when they let him be, he made them pay. 

The flea-flicker pass that resulted in Hogan's second score of the day was a kick in the gut for the Steelers defense, putting the Patriots ahead, 17-6. Brady initially needed a reminder of how Hogan scored his second touchdown of the night, saying, "Oh, the flea-flicker. How could I forget that?"

"We ran one earlier in the year against, I think it was Baltimore, and it worked," Brady added. "I hit Hogan on that one too, on a crossing route. Those were well-executed plays. It's nice when you can take advantage of some of those plays, nice to gain some chunks that way when you kind of get some misdirection or double-pass, flea-flicker, something like that. It's a big spark for the team."

At that point Hogan already had racked up a career day. He had never scored multiple touchdowns in an NFL game coming in, and he set his own career-high for receiving in the postseason with 117 yards. In his first and only playoff game the week before, he had 95 yards on four catches. 

Hogan suffered a thigh injury in that game that limited him in practice and made him questionable against the Steelers. But he played, and he gave his team an early boost, helping force the Steelers to play catch-up for the vast majority of the night.

And the injury didn't appear to slow him down all that much. Though there were times when he was slow to get to his feet after being tackled, he showed the kind of speed that allowed him to put himself near the top of the list in the NFL when it comes to yards-per-catch (18.7). Among  receivers with at least 20 catches, he trailed only Sammie Coates (20.7) of the Steelers. 

"He's been incredible," Brady said. "I mean, to lead the league in average yards per catch is spectacular. He's made big plays for us all season. He made big plays in the biggest game of the year for us."

It's one that he'll remember for a long time, but he's hoping to add to that happy memory in two weeks.

"We've grinded throughout this entire year, this is what we worked for, and this is what we wanted to get to," Hogan said. "It's a special moment for all of these guys in this locker room. We'll enjoy this and get back to work because we've got one more."