Bruschi will let his kids play football -- at age 14

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Bruschi will let his kids play football -- at age 14

FOXBORO -- Another vote is cast on the issue of youth football.

Tedy Bruschi was asked Wednesday, at his fifth-annual youth football clinic, if he will let his kids play the game he made a career out of.

Bruschi answered after a thoughtful pause.

"Where I stand is where my mother stood: My mother didn't want me to play football until I was 14-years old -- until I was older," he said. "And I believe that.

"My oldest is 11. He talks about playing football. I'm teaching him fundamentals of football. He hasn't put a helmet on yet -- maybe one of my old ones from the Patriots and things -- but I believe in letting my kids develop a little bit before they play. That's the way it was with me. I'm pretty sure I'm okay. Hopefully, it works out for them that way also."

He stood silent for a moment, then smiled.

"But football . . . I would want them to be a part of it. It's a great sport."

Wednesday's event highlights those all-important fundamentals. Almost 60 kids rotate to various stations where they get tips from current and former Patriots on tackling, kicking, passing, and the like.

Bruschi's three sons -- Tedy Jr., Rex, and Dante -- were in attendance.

Brown apologizes for 'distraction' caused by Facebook Live video

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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."

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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.