Brees: I admire Brady from afar

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Brees: I admire Brady from afar

FOXBORO -- One of the interesting scenes to come out of the last two days of joint sessions between the Patriots and Saints has been the post-practice interactions between Tom Brady and Drew Brees.

The two chatted very comfortably for an extended period after the session Tuesday. Brady sat on the turf patting his dog while Brees crouched alongside him and their throwing coach Tom House sat nearby.

After practice Wednesday, the two quarterbacks were together again. As Brady played with his two sons, Brees chatted with Mrs. Brady, Gisele Bundchen, in what resembled something close to a backyard barbeque setting.

"I've got a great relationship with Tom," Brees said. "Really throughout our careers -- we're similar in age, he's a year older than me, I guess he's going on his 13th year, my 12th year -- a lot of it has just been for me watching form afar.

"Of course there's those times in the offseason where we'll talk or text message here or there, but really it's kind of admiring from afar. For me, I know during the offseason when I'm looking at things I wanna get better at, maybe try to introduce new concepts in our offense, or just trying to think about that next season, I very often turn to tape of other quarterbacks in the league just to watch what they're doing, how they're doing it and Tom has always been one of those guys that I watch."

Both teams have lauded one another consistently over the last two days. It's clear after watching them interact that their their star quarterbacks have a genuine respect for one another as well.

Brown apologizes for 'distraction' caused by Facebook Live video

Brown apologizes for 'distraction' caused by Facebook Live video

Pittsburgh Steelers wideout Antonio Brown posted an apology on social media Tuesday night for his Facebook Live video that has caused a stir over the last few days.

"I let my emotions and genuine excitement get the best of me, and I wanted to share that moment with our fans," said Brown in a statement on his Twitter. ""It was wrong of me to do, against team and NFL policy, and I have apologized to Coach Tomlin and my teammates for my actions.

"I'm sorry to them for letting it become a distraction and something that they've had to answer questions about while we're preparing for a big game on Sunday."

Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said on Tuesday that he has “absolutely no worries on the video's effect" on Sunday's game against the Patriots, but it was "selfish and inconsiderate" of his star wide receiver.

Brown could still be fined for violating the league's social-media policy. The policy states that players, coaches and football operations personnel are banned from using social media on game days 90 minutes before kickoff, during games, and before "traditional media interviews."

Koppen: Antonio Brown should know locker room isn’t time for Facebook posts

Koppen: Antonio Brown should know locker room isn’t time for Facebook posts

Former NFL player Dan Koppen says the team locker room after a win is a sacred place and that Steelers WR Antonio Brown should know not to be posting on Facebook.