January 30, 2015 |
CHANDLER, Ariz. - Tom Brady and Vince Wilfork are the only two New England players with Patriots Super Bowl rings. They earned them 10 years ago in Jacksonville, as Eagles fans all too vividly recall. That 24-21 victory over the Birds brought home the Pats' third championship trophy in 4 years. Yesterday Wilfork, who was a rookie starter at nose tackle that night, acknowledged that he'd figured on having several more rings by now. "Oh yeah," Wilfork said yesterday, as the Patriots prepared for Sunday's Super Bowl XLIX meeting with the defending champion Seattle Seahawks.
January 30, 2015
CHANDLER, Ariz. - And so there they stood, Bill Belichick and Tom Brady, the NFL's iconic duo, the symbol of success in the free-agency era, models of consistency and innovation and unquestioned football brilliance. There they stood on a stage at a dais and waxed eloquent on their 15 years of shared success with New England, how they have grown as fathers and tacticians, how they better appreciate now what they often assumed in the past. There they stood, benefactors of the two most remarkable cheating scandals in American professional sports history.
December 27, 2012 |
NEW YORK - Sensational comebacks have Peyton Manning and Adrian Peterson headed for the Pro Bowl on Jan. 27 in Honolulu. Also selected Wednesday for the NFL's all-star game was Washington rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III. No Eagles were voted onto the NFC roster. The last time that happened was 1998 - Ray Rhodes' final season in Philadelphia. Guard Evan Mathis is a third alternate. Atlanta quarterback Matt Ryan, who starred at Penn Charter, joined RGIII and Green Bay's Aaron Rodgers on the NFC squad.
January 29, 2012 |
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. - Try to shove massive Vince Wilfork out of the middle. Tough to do, isn't it? The 325-pound Pro Bowl tackle keeps sticking around. Wilfork is the only defensive starter left from the New England Patriots last Super Bowl team four years ago. This season, he's rarely come off the field. And why should he? He's earned all that playing time by crunching runners, charging quarterbacks, and clogging holes that offensive linemen struggle to open. "He's been huge," coach Bill Belichick said.
January 15, 2012
Defense wins championships, or so the saying goes. But several playoff teams still alive entering this weekend defy that old maxim, while the 8-8 Eagles watch from home despite having a defense that finished eighth in yards allowed and, more importantly, 10th in points. Only three defenses alive entering the weekend were better in those categories. Meanwhile, the Packers and Patriots rank 32d and 31st in yards allowed and won the top seeds in their conferences. Somewhere, Buddy Ryan is probably swearing.
October 17, 2011 |
DOWN THREE points. Barely 2 minutes left. One thought on Tom Brady's mind. "You can't not get the ball in the end zone," the master of late comebacks said. That's where he got it, throwing an 8-yard touchdown pass to Aaron Hernandez with 22 seconds left and giving the New England Patriots a 20-16 win over the Dallas Cowboys yesterday in Foxborough, Mass. "He's probably one of the toughest competitors I've ever seen, especially from a quarterback standpoint," Patriots defensive tackle Vince Wilfork said.
September 19, 2011 |
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. - Big-yardage games are becoming routine for Tom Brady. So is setting records. Brady threw for 423 yards yesterday - 6 days after setting a single-game team record of 517 - and led the New England Patriots to a 35-21 win over the San Diego Chargers. "It seems like he's always great," linebacker Rob Ninkovich said. "He's the best quarterback in the league. " The club record he shattered in the season opener at Miami had stood for 51 years. The NFL mark for most yards passing in the first two games of a season, 854, lasted about 3 hours.
July 29, 2011 |
RANDY MOSS and Corey Dillon were malcontents when they joined the New England Patriots. Rodney Harrison arrived with a reputation as a dirty, washed-up player. All of them fit in very well with their new team. Now it seems Albert Haynesworth and Chad Ochocinco are coming and "The Patriot Way" will be tested once again. After a seasonlong feud with Washington coach Mike Shanahan, Haynesworth, a 335-pound defensive tackle, was traded by the Redskins yesterday for a fifth-round draft choice in 2013, a source confirmed to the Associated Press . Later yesterday, a source confirmed that the Patriots had obtained Ochocinco, the colorful receiver from Cincinnati, and that he agreed to a new 3-year contract.
February 23, 2010 |
Police in Charlotte say the wife of pro wrestler Ric Flair has been charged with assaulting him in their North Carolina home. In a statement, Flair called the incident an unfortunate disagreement and said he did nothing wrong. Authorities say officers were called to Flair's home in south Charlotte on Sunday night. Flair said his wife attacked him after they went out for dinner. He had minor injuries, but refused treatment from paramedics. Police charged 41-year-old Jacqueline Beems with simple assault.
October 30, 2008 |
New England defensive tackle Vince Wilfork will be fined but not suspended by the NFL after meeting with commissioner Roger Goodell about a hit on Denver quarterback Jay Cutler, a person familiar with the situation told the Associated Press yesterday. The Patriots' nose tackle met Tuesday with Goodell and the commissioner decided to forgo a possible suspension. That's according to a person familiar with the case who asked for anonymity because there has been no official announcement.