Pats name six captains for 2011 season


Pats name six captains for 2011 season

By Phil Perry

The Patriots have chosen their 2011 captains, according to the Boston Herald.

Three are old reliables Tom Brady (for the tenth straight season), Jerod Mayo (third season) and Vince Wilfork (fourth season). The others are Logan Mankins, Devin McCourty and Matthew Slater.

It was well-established that Mankins was welcomed back by his teammates with open arms after his holdout last season. Today they proved it once again by honoring him with a new title.

It's clear Devin McCourty's locker room brethren aren't expecting a sophomore slump from their second-year corner. He will follow up his Pro Bowl rookie season as a Patriots captain. The last second-year player to earn the title was Mayo.

Also earning the title of "captain" for the first time this season is Matthew Slater, who has proven to be one of best special teams players on the team this preseason. Though the Patriots did not have a special teams captain last year, it's not uncommon for them to name one. In the past, the Patriots have had players like Sam Aiken and Larry Izzo serve as captains even though they were used almost exclusively as special teamers.

Last year there were just four captains -- Brady, Mayo, Wilfork and Kevin Faulk -- compared to the six named this year.

Brown apologizes for 'distraction' caused by Facebook Live video

Brown apologizes for 'distraction' caused by Facebook Live video

Pittsburgh Steelers wideout Antonio Brown posted an apology on social media Tuesday night for his Facebook Live video that has caused a stir over the last few days.

"I let my emotions and genuine excitement get the best of me, and I wanted to share that moment with our fans," said Brown in a statement on his Twitter. ""It was wrong of me to do, against team and NFL policy, and I have apologized to Coach Tomlin and my teammates for my actions.

"I'm sorry to them for letting it become a distraction and something that they've had to answer questions about while we're preparing for a big game on Sunday."

Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said on Tuesday that he has “absolutely no worries on the video's effect" on Sunday's game against the Patriots, but it was "selfish and inconsiderate" of his star wide receiver.

Brown could still be fined for violating the league's social-media policy. The policy states that players, coaches and football operations personnel are banned from using social media on game days 90 minutes before kickoff, during games, and before "traditional media interviews."

Koppen: Antonio Brown should know locker room isn’t time for Facebook posts

Koppen: Antonio Brown should know locker room isn’t time for Facebook posts

Former NFL player Dan Koppen says the team locker room after a win is a sacred place and that Steelers WR Antonio Brown should know not to be posting on Facebook.