Light defends Belichick on Spygate: 'He would never hurt the game'

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Light defends Belichick on Spygate: 'He would never hurt the game'

Matt Light defended Bill Belichick on the topic of Spygate -- calling it a "non-issue" and something that was "blown out of proportion" -- by saying his former coach "would never do anything to disrespect the game".

Football "has been Belichick's entire life," the newly retired Patriots offensive tackle told Dan Patrick on Tuesday's 'The Dan Patrick Show'. "He truly has a respect for the game and he would never do that.

"Now he will, and he'll be the first to tell you, he'll push right up to the edge. He'll try to get as big an edge as he can, gather as much information as he can and everything else. But at no point would he ever go outside the rules.

"And that's always been the model to us as players, too. We don't overstep certain boundaries. And when it comes to on-the-field issues, if there's a guy that's doing something that's ridiculous, he'll pull a guy from a game. He has a ton of respect for football . . . "

While admitting there's information in the taping that could be beneficial ("It can. You can," he responded when Patrick asked if taping could help a team), Light also said such benefits were also minimal.

"You realize that half the time, all the digging and all the people that are digging through film and footage and trying to get every little last piece of information, that half the time that hurts you more than it helps you," he said. "Because you're sitting there working all these things out through your mind, you got coaches telling you, you know, 'On third-and-long, you gotta worry about this, that and 500 other things.' "

"From a player's perspective," Light also said, "we all understand that every team is doing everything they can to get as much knowledge on any other team."

Light said he thinks most people understand the matter was blown out of proportion "unless you're a Jet fan or somebody that truly has a hatred for New England . . . "

The Spygate conversation begins at about the four-minute mark of the attached video.

Brady hears from Manning and Favre on wins record, but not Goodell

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Brady hears from Manning and Favre on wins record, but not Goodell

The congratulatory messages rolled in for Tom Brady following win No. 201 on Sunday. He heard praise from his teammates and coach Bill Belichick and he received a game ball from Patriots owner Robert Kraft. Two of the guys he recently passed on the all-time wins list reached out as well.

Both Brett Favre (199 career wins) and Peyton Manning (200) touched base with the new record-holder after he surpassed the two retired quarterbacks in back-to-back weeks. 

Favre posted a video online to show his support for Brady, which Brady saw after a friend sent it his way, he told WEEI's Kirk and Callahan Show.

"We were in touch this week a few times just with a couple of things that we were talking about football-wise," Brady said of Favre. "We exchanged some text messages, too. He’s a great guy. He’s someone I’ve always looked up to . . . There’s nobody physically or mentally tougher than that guy and endured the streak that he had. It was incredible. I’ve always really looked up to him. It was really cool."

Manning checked in, as he's wont to do, with something a little more traditional.

"I did hear from Peyton. He's someone that I've always been in touch with for a long time. I've known him for 16 years. He sent me a very nice note," Brady said. "I have a lot of respect for him and all that he accomplished, too. He's a great guy. We share a lot of things in common and I just always appreciate him as well."

Kirk and Callahan co-host Gerry Callahan acknowledged that the NFL sent out a tweet recognizing Brady's achievement, but he wondered if Brady had heard anything from commissioner Roger Goodell. Brady laughed when he heard the question initially. When he didn't respond at first, Callahan circled up again.

"I don't hear anything from the league," Brady said.