Donald Trump says he's 'great friends' with Tom Brady and Bill Belichick at New Hampshire rally

Donald Trump says he's 'great friends' with Tom Brady and Bill Belichick at New Hampshire rally

The relationship between Tom Brady and Donald Trump (which these days is really only acknowledged by one party) has come up yet again, as the GOP nominee referred to both Brady and Patriots coach Bill Belichick as "great friends" Saturday at a rally in New Hampshire. 

“I have so many great friends in New England, including Tom Brady and Coach Belichick,” Trump said at the rally, per the Boston Globe. “How good is Tom? Remember last year, he had the red hats?”

Calling it the red hat -- singular -- would be more accurate, but that was enough to tie Brady and Trump closely together throughout what’s been a controversial campaign. Last year, Brady displayed a “Make America Great Again” hat in his locker, later saying saying, “I hope so. That would be great,” when asked about the possibility of Trump becoming president. 

Recent days have seen Brady hold off on discussing Trump altogether, as he declined comment when asked during Wednesday’s press conference what he thought of Trump’s “locker room talk” that had emerged from a 2005 taping of “Access Hollywood.” 

Trump and Brady go back to 2002, when Trump flew Brady out to Indiana to judge the 2002 Miss USA pageant shortly after the Patriots won Super Bowl XXXVI. Brady has acknowledged their friendship several times over the years, something that was clearly reciprocated when Trump was outspoken against the NFL during the Deflategate saga. 

While Brady has continuously praised Trump, he said in his weekly WEEI appearance last December that he’d rather not discuss the election, after which Trump said he had asked Brady not to endorse him for the sake of not complicating things with his public image. 

“Can I just stay out of this debate? Donald is a good friend of mine,” Brady said on WEEI. “I have known him for a long time. I support all my friends. That is what I have to say. He’s a good friend of mine. He’s always been so supportive of me. For the last 15 years, since I judged a beauty pageant for him, which was one of the very first things that I did that I thought was really cool that came along with winning the Super Bowl. 

“He’s always invited me to play golf and I’ve always enjoyed his company. I support all my friends in everything they do. I think it’s pretty remarkable what he’s achieved in his life. You’re going from business, kind of an incredible businessman and then a TV star, and then getting into politics. It’s three different career paths. I think that is pretty remarkable.”

Patriots release camp dates; open practices begin July 27

Patriots release camp dates; open practices begin July 27

Football is coming.

The Patriots announced on Thursday that veterans will report to training camp on Wednesday, July 26 and that the first public practice will take place the following day.

Each of the team's first four practices -- from July 27-30 -- are scheduled to take place on the practice fields behind Gillette Stadium "in the nine o'clock hour," according to the Patriots. Updates to the training camp schedule, including more specific start times for practices, can be found at patriots.com/trainingcamp.

The Patriots Hall of Fame will hold its induction ceremony for former corner Raymond Clayborn on Saturday, July 29 around midday following that morning's training camp practice. Held on the plaza outside the Hall at Patriot Place, the ceremony will be free and open to the public.

The Patriots will host the Jaguars for two days of joint practices open to the public on Monday, Aug. 7 and Tuesday, Aug. 8. The preseason opener for both clubs will take place at Gillette Stadium on Aug. 10.

Tom Brady adds sumo wrestling to offseason training regimen

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Tom Brady adds sumo wrestling to offseason training regimen

Tom Brady's off-the-field workout habits are the subject of serious curiosity for those in New England and beyond. Thanks to Under Armour's Instagram account, followers got a brief glimpse of what Brady does to stay in shape. 

OK. It was more like a glimpse at what he did one day in Tokyo.

@tombrady always fighting for that extra yard. 😂😂 #TBAsiaTour #IWILL

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The video of Brady in the dohyo ring was shot at the Sakaigawa sumo stable in Tokyo on Thursday. According to Kyodo News, leading the training session was ozeki Goeido, who won last year's Autumn Grand Sumo Tournament.

"For them to welcome me means very much to me. It's hard to describe in words how special that was," Brady said.

Brady bounced around China before heading to Japan to continue to help promote Under Armour and in particular its "recovery sleepwear" line. He threw a pass on the Great Wall, and he explained that it was his "dream" to play a game on the continent. 

Arigatōgozaimashita 🇯🇵🙏

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Brady vs Brady #therecanonlybeone 🏆

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