Brady on letter to Riley family: 'You just do what you can do to help'

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Brady on letter to Riley family: 'You just do what you can do to help'

FOXBORO -- Tom Brady wanted to do what he could. 

When he heard of the death of Calvin Riley, a 20-year-old junior college baseball player who graduated from Brady's alma mater of Serra High in San Mateo, the Patriots quarterback took a moment to write a letter to Riley's family. 

Sports Illustrated's Tim Layden detailed Brady's small act of kindness for a story that was published this week.

"A friend of mine from high school had told me the situation and how special a kid Calvin was," Brady said when asked about the piece during a press conference Thursday. "You know, it's just something that I thought I could do to maybe raise [the Riley family's] spirits a little bit . . . Very tragic situation."

Brady noted that it's important to him, as it is to many in the Patriots locker room, to use the platform he has in order to help those in need when he can. 

"I think it's just, you know, everyone faces different challenges in their life," Brady said. "That would be something that would be very tragic. I've had different people pick me up at different times. You always appreciate those things, and you always remember them. I couldn't imagine having to go through what the family has had to go through over the course of this period.

"I think our team does a lot of things, and a lot of players in our locker room do a lot of things to try to make positive impacts in the community when we can. You hate for it to be under those circumstances, but unfortunately some tragic things happen and you just do what you can do to help."

Bennett to critics: ‘You take a paycut’

Bennett to critics: ‘You take a paycut’

Martellus Bennett is as good at Twitter as he is at football. Add to that the fact that all eyes are on whether the free agent will stay in New England and the @MartysaurusRex account becomes a must-follow. 

On Wednesday, Bennett put his powers to good use and shared a glimpse into his line of thinking regarding free agency.

Bennett, who could very well leave the Pats for more money, responded to a criticism of his desire to get paid and followed it with several more musings. 

Report: Belichick may be called to testify in Hernandez trial

Report: Belichick may be called to testify in Hernandez trial

Bill Belichick, identified as "William Belichick," has been added to the list of potential defense witnesses who could testify during the upcoming double-homicide trial of former Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez, according to the Boston Herald.

Per the Herald, the new list of potential witnesses for the defense also includes Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels and Steelers center Maurkice Pouncey, who was Hernandez's teammate at the University of Florida. 

Belichick, McDaniels and Pouncey aren't guaranteed to testify, but their presence on the civilian witness list makes their presence in court a possibility. 

Hernandez's trial is scheduled to start next Wednesday. He's accused of killing Daniel Jorge Correia de Abreu and Safiro Furtado back in July of 2012. Hernandez is currently serving a life sentence after being convicted of the murder Odin Lloyd in 2013.