Kraft dreaming of Super Bowl at Gillette


Kraft dreaming of Super Bowl at Gillette

By Tom E. Curran
DALLAS - A Super Bowl at Gillette Stadium? Well, at least we know how to clean the roads. With snow drifting down outside the downtown convention center in Dallas, Robert Kraft was asked about the possibility of hosting a Super Bowl. "I woke up this morning and my sweetheart says to me, 'Wow, it's snowing, we should have a game in New England,' " Kraft said. "I'm thinking about it, maybe we should have a Super Bowl in New England, maybe we should get on the list. We have a lot of great things in Boston, Providence and New England. We have the hotel rooms, we have everything."With this week's nasty weather and horrendous public works effort, it's unlikely the NFL wants to seek out more inhospitable climates for future Super Bowls. But the 2014 games to be held outdoors at the New Meadowlands could serve as precedent for Kraft to lobby for one on Route 1. "I love games that are played in the elements," he said. "I think our snow game against Oakland (in January 2002) was one of the greatest games ever played. And think about it, here we have this situation here with the weather here and there are 5,000 members of the media show up, we're going to have a record attendance. The weather I think will help us have record TV ratings. You have two small market teams, so maybe we should consider a Super Bowl in Boston, I don't know.

"We like playing games outdoors," Kraft added. "I think it will help to make the game. You look at the kind of support and ratings we get for outdoor games and the real fans, we got them up in the third deck, they come. I think having the elements be part of the game is pretty special."After this season, the Super Bowl is in Indianapolis, New Orleans and New YorkNew Jerset the next three years.

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


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 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


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. 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).