By Tom E. Curran
DALLAS - Earlier on Wednesday, I wrote about the enviable position Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald is going to find himself in. Just 28 years old, headed to free agency with a no-trade, no-franchise tag clause in his contract at the end of next season. Some team is going to make Fitzgerald even richer than he already is.
Mike Reiss of ESPN Boston tracked Fitzgerald down here in Dallas and got the wideouts thoughts on New England. They were flattering.I think it all starts with the head coach Bill Belichick," Fitzgerald told Reiss. "He does a fantastic job, week in and week out, keeping his guys mentally prepared to go out there and play. Hes the only coach in history to have four seasons with 14 wins, and that alone, speaks volumes of what hes able to accomplish, especially in that AFC East division. I think youre looking at the NFLs strongest division, from top to bottom. If Buffalo played in the NFC West, theyd probably win the NFC West. Thats a strong, strong division and hes found a way to win it eight times. Its astonishing."
Fitzgerald has made mention of his desire to be on a winner. The Cardinals are not headed in that direction. Believe this, the bidding war for his services will be high stakes. It will be interesting to see if the Patriots take a seat at that table.
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TMZ got a hold of the Houston Police Department’s report for the theft of Tom Brady’s Super Bowl LI jersey. In it, Brady’s jersey, which went missing in the locker room following the Patriots’ comeback win over the Falcons, is valued at $500,000.
Some highlights from the police report:
- The item is listed as a “Shirt/Blouse/T-Shirt.”
- The theft is marked as not being a hate crime.
- Maybe this was filled out in a rush, but there were some real struggles with apostrophes. Twice in the summary, the Patriots are referred to as “the Patriot’s.” In the second occurrence, “Patriots’” is written as “Patriot’s.” Weird.
Following is the summary and below is the report, per TMZ:
On 2/05/17, the City of Houston hosted Super Bowl LI in the NRG Stadium. Shortly after winning the game, New England Patriot’s quarterback Tom Brady noticed his game jersey missing from his locker in the Patriot’s designated locker room.
That didn't take long. A couple weeks after his team beat the Falcons in Super Bowl LI, Bill Belichick's boat was spotted bearing the name "VII Rings."
Belichick rode around in "V Rings" in the years after the Patriots beat the Eagles in the Super Bowl since by that point he'd racked up three titles with the Patriots and two with the Giants as defensive coordinator. When the Patriots beat the Seahawks two years ago, he moved on to "VI Rings."
Belichick recently donated a 24' Grady White vessel to Sail Newport, a Rhode Island non-profit, for use "as a support and safety vessel for all of our instructional programs and regattas," said Brad Read, executive director of Sail Newport. But Belichick has "VII Rings" to help him enjoy whatever days off he's afforded himself before he gets started on his preparations for 2017.