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Adrian Peterson and Chris Johnson: I’m the Best Back in the NFL

Here’s Adrian Peterson’s take on whether or not he’s better than Chris Johnson, which would in turn make him the best running back in the NFL:

Yes [I'm better]. He’s not faster, stronger, anything,” Peterson explained, via Judd Zulgad of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune.  “You’ve got to understand you’re talking to a guy . . . that’s just the mentality that I have.  I have ultimate respect for the guy and he’s a heck of a player.  I remember at one point and time me talking on the phone to Chris Johnson.  He was telling me, ‘I’m just a big fan of yours. I like your style.’  Some [of the] advice that I gave him was, ‘I play this game to be the best player ever to play the game.  That’s my mentality.’”

Now, for Chris Johnson’s take on how he stacks up against AP:

I don’t [compare myself to Peterson]. I am the best back in the league, he is not. I don’t think it is close. I feel like I am above all the other running backs in the league.  I feel like I am above him.”

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Tom Brady Doesn’t Have a Chauffeuer?

So Patriots quarterback Tom Brady was involved in a pretty major car crash on his way to the team’s facilities Thursday morning. Reports are that Brady is fine and was able to practice during the day, but we know the people from the other car were injured pretty badly. Aside from the surprise that Brady actually drives his own car and that his vehicle of choice is an Audi, there was another surprise with the whole incident.

Upon seeing the video of the event, I was surprised that Brady wasn’t more concerned about the status of the other people following the collision. Then you hear that the other car ran a red light and it all makes sense — Brady was probably stunned out of his mind and completely blindsided by the collision. I’d be pissed if a car ran a red light and hit my car too. Hopefully everyone is fine, but honestly, that crash did not look good.

Here are the Tom Brady car accident pictures in case you missed them:

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Tom Brady — Unruffled at Crash Scene [TMZ Sports]

Chris Johnson Pranked by Jeff Fisher

Anyone who follows LBS knows that NFL training camp is a time for pranks, especially when it comes to rookie hazing. We know Pete Carroll loves messing around with his players, but who knew Jeff Fisher did too? Check out what happened with Fisher and star running back Chris Johnson. As C.J. tweeted via Sports by Brooks Live, Fisher apparently moved Johnson’s car into the team’s practice bubble. Here’s the pic Johnson shared:

Johnson says they opened up a can of worms. I’m sure he can do much better than that. That’s pretty weak when it comes to pranks. At least it’s more considerate than filling the car with popcorn, I have to say.

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SbB Live
Chris Johnson on Twitter

Attention New York Jets: You Want to Be Hated? Win Something

The more the New York Jets talk, the more we get the impression that they are a team whose No. 2 goal (assuming winning a championship is No. 1) is to be hated.  In fact, it has gotten to the point where I’m fairly certain they’re under the impression that they are hated much more than they actually are.  Patriots fans, along with Tom Brady, hate them, but I don’t think the rest of the NFL cares that much.  I’d even go as far as to say their desire to be despised has reached the point of desperation.  Have a look at some of the things Jets players told the NY Daily News:

Antonio Cromartie: “We’re the Miami Heat of football.”

Mark Sanchez: (Talking about conversations with G.M. Mike Tannenbaum) “He’s like, ‘We’re picking up another one.’ I was like, ‘Geez! What’s going on here? We’re building a dream team.’”

Bart Scott: “It’s much more fun to be the villain than the hero.”

I don’t know if the Jets are under the impression that they’re the New York Yankees or the New England Patriots of earlier this decade, but you can’t just trash talk your way into being despised — you have to earn it with championships.  A team with no hardware isn’t even worth hating. 

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T.O. Makes a Good Point About Favre

Could it be?  Did Terrell Owens actually make a respectable point in an interview?  Yes, he certainly did.  He touched upon a subject that has often been unwillingly at the forefront of our minds — the Brett Favre saga.  T.O. told CSNPhilly.com, via Pro Football Talk, that Favre has been given a free pass with his selfish antics and the same would not happen if Owens, Ochocinco, or many others demonstrated the same behavior year after year.

Had it been one of us doing some of the same things, pulling these stunts that Brett Favre has done the last two or three years, then we would be labeled ‘not a team player,’ ‘selfish,’ and these are times where you want your guys to be in camp, bonding with your teammates, learning the plays, going through the whole team concept just like everybody else,” Owens said, via our friends at CSNPhilly.com.  “And now it’s like, yeah, he’s set himself above team standards.”

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Could Dixon Turn Into Steelers’ Top QB?

Pittsburgh’s quarterback position has been one of the hottest topics of discussion during the off-season. Starter and two-time Super Bowl winner Ben Roethlisberger was dealing with rape accusations and recently had his league-induced suspension reduced from six to four games. In the meantime, backup Byron Leftwich hurt his knee, taking himself out of the running to start the first few games in Big Ben’s absence. That left second year QB Dennis Dixon from Oregon and veteran Charlie Batch as the remaining options.

Head coach Mike Tomlin announced over the weekend that Dennis Dixon would be the team’s starter and added that it’s not a 100% guarantee that Roethlisberger gets his starting job back. Tomlin wasn’t knocking Roethlisberger as much as he was allowing for the possibility that Dixon plays lights out and becomes the top quarterback on the team. In the case that happens, he could remain the starter even when Roethlisberger returns. Now that we know Tomlin is equal opportunity, let’s examine this one: is it possible for Dixon to become the best quarterback on the team?

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Randy Moss: I Don’t Feel Wanted

Which Randy Moss will show up for the New England Patriots this season?  While many believe Moss is primed for a huge year — especially considering Tom Brady is another year removed from knee surgery — I wouldn’t be so sure.  The all-pro wide receiver is entering the final year of his deal with the Patriots and recently told CBSSports.com that without a new contract, he doesn’t feel wanted by the organization:

When you have done so much and put so much work in, it kind of feels like I am not wanted,” Moss told William Bendetson of CBSSports.com. “I am taking that in stride and playing my final year out and whatever the future holds is what it holds, but it is kind of a bad feeling — feeling not wanted.”

Although Robert Kraft insists Tom Brady will remain a Patriot, he has yet to sign a long-term extension with the team.  Considering he’s quit on the Pats before and is 33 years old, I’m not sure what makes Moss think his contract status is a priority for New England when they have yet to lock up the greatest player in their franchise’s history.  He may end up getting his “straight cash homey,” but he’ll have to wait his turn if he does.

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