For McCourty brothers, bragging rights up for grabs

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For McCourty brothers, bragging rights up for grabs

FOXBOROThe McCourty Twins, Devin and Jason, do pretty much everything the same way.

They look the same. They act the same. They play the same sport and position. They share the same Twitter account. And they recently just bought their mom, Phyllis Harrell, a new house.

Heck, Devin and Jason McCourty could probably switch uniforms on Sunday and nobody would notice.

No doubt, Devin has heard plenty about the similarities between him and his brother over the last week of preparation before his Patriots and Jason's Titans face off on Sunday.

"I always thought we were kind of similar, but everyone keeps telling me that we're exactly the same on the field," Devin McCourty said on Wednesday. "So hearing all the offensive guys come up to me saying that, I guess we're more similar than I thought.

"Everyone keeps saying that not just the style, but exactly how we move, talking about just jogging on and off the field they say it looks exactly the same."

Everybody may be talking about them, but they aren't talking to each other at least not for the last week or so. It's all business for the two until the game is over.

"I actually told him to delete my number from his phone," McCourty said. "Not taking any of his text messages or phone calls this week. I'll probably start talking to him right after the game on Sunday."

Oh to be a fly on the wall for that postgame conversation. The twins have been a competitive pair since birth after all, one beat the other then, right? The battles between the two go way back. Not on the football field, where Devin says the two have never been on opposing sides, but on the basketball court.

"Yeah, probably the most competitive thing growing up was basketball," he said. "We would play for hours and just go at each other. Sometimes to the point where my mom had to come out and stop the game. Also, video games. That always got ugly."

As to who ruled the court, you can probably guess Devin's answer to that. Then again, he also claims he's Mama McCourty's favorite son.

"I would say she likes me more. I think it's just the way it was growing up, she's always had me as her favorite. I believe she's going to wear a half-and-half jersey, but rumor is she's going to wear a Patriots t-shirt under."

Patriots t-shirt or Titans t-shirt, you can bet the McCourty family is hoping for a nice, low scoring game. And when it's all over, the twins can get back to their brotherly love. No hard feelings, right, Devin?

"I wouldn't say that."

Wilfork on Body Issue: 'Looking forward to what the locker room's going to say'

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Wilfork on Body Issue: 'Looking forward to what the locker room's going to say'

ESPN The Magazine's Body Issue won't hit newsstands until July 8, but Vince Wilfork gave people a not-so-little preview of what to expect this week.

The former Patriots defensive lineman, who is listed at 325 pounds but said he's weighed as much as 350 pounds, sat down for an interview about his size that landed on ESPN.com on Thursday.

"I just think it's a good idea for people that are bigger-boned," Wilfork said when asked why he posed nude for the Body Issue. "If people can look at me, a guy that's 325-plus, doing an issue like this, I'm pretty sure that they might have a little confidence.

"There will be critics, just like with everything else. I think a lot of people will get a laugh out of it, I'll tell you that. I'm looking forward to what the locker room's going to say. But at the end of the day, I'm perfectly fine with who I am as a person and what I have accomplished. It shows a lot of my personality."

You can read the full interview here, as well as watch a video that shows Wilfork in all his modeling glory.

Brady, Gronkowski make Top 10 of NFL Network's Top 100

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Brady, Gronkowski make Top 10 of NFL Network's Top 100

Ask a football fan in New England, and he or she might tell you that Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski are the top two players in the NFL. A random NFL player might not be as generous, but on balance, Brady and Gronkowski's peers consider the Patriots stars to be among the top 10 talents in the league. 

The NFL Network announced the final 10 players to be included in their annual Top 100 list, a list voted on by players, and both Brady and Gronkowski made the cut.

The order of the top 10 has been determined, but has not yet been announced. Brady and Gronkowski are in the running for No. 1 alongside Odell Beckham Jr., Antonio Brown, Julio Jones, Luke Kuechly, Cam Newton, Adrian Peterson, Aaron Rodgers and JJ Watt. 

The weekly series, which has counted down Nos. 100-11, will end on Wednesday, July 6 with two, one-hour episodes on NFL Network at 8 and 9 p.m. Highlights of each player will be featured, as will interviews with some of their teammates and competitors. 

"He plays with a chip on his shoulder he’s always had," Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins said of Brady, "that really separates him."

Of Rob Gronkowski, Texans corner Charles James II said, "He's a glitch on Madden."

The only other Patriots players included in the Top 100 were Julian Edelman (who came in at No. 87) and Chandler Jones (No. 48). Jones, now a member of the Cardinals, was the only Patriots defender involved. 

Corner Malcolm Butler, linebackers Jamie Collins and Dont'a Hightower and safety Devin McCourty all had an argument to be included but were left off. 

NFL.com contributors Gregg Rosenthal, Chris Wesseling, Maurice Jones-Drew and Ike Taylor put together their own individual Top 100 lists to supplement the one voted on by current players. Rosenthal included Collins (No. 64), McCourty (No. 73) and Butler (No. 99) in addition to Edelman (No. 84). Wesseling included Collins (No. 43), McCourty (No. 88) and Hightower (No. 91), but not Edelman. Jones-Drew included both Edelman (No. 62) and Butler (No. 95). Taylor included only Edelman (No. 89).

Brady to Amendola on Facebook: 'Paddle's fixed. Time for a rematch!'

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Brady to Amendola on Facebook: 'Paddle's fixed. Time for a rematch!'

When Danny Amendola told the world on Tuesday that he's better than Tom Brady at ping pong, the quarterback must have been listening. 

On his Facebook page, Brady published a snarling image of his face Photoshopped onto the body of a table tennis player. That paddle he broke after losing to Amendola three years ago? It's fixed, Brady explained in the caption. And he's ready for a rematch.

Talk about intimidation.