Tom Brady is nearly 42 years old and has played 19 seasons in the NFL. Despite his age, his injuries, all the hits he’s taken, he’s somehow faster now than he was when he was tested at the NFL Combine in 2000.
Brady posted a video on social media Friday that showed him running a 40-yard dash. He ran it in a time of 5.17 seconds, which is faster than the 5.28 he ran at the Combine.
Here are the videos side-by-side:
Tom Brady at 23 years old at the 2000 NFL Combine
— #34 (@ftbeard_17) July 6, 2019
This is no doubt due to the change in Brady’s training approach. Prior to the Combine, it’s unclear to what extent Brady focused on his physical conditioning, diet, and other factors relating to his body. But it’s clear that’s become a major focus for him as he’s defied the aging process.
- Tom Brady
Former NFL linebacker and current ESPN analyst Tedy Bruschi suffered his second stroke last week, but fortunately he appears to be recovering well.
On Monday morning, Bruschi took to Instagram to educate people about the warning signs of a stroke. The Patriots legend said he is “doing much better” and that he was able to get the help he needed because he immediately identified what was happening.
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Around 10:30am on July 4th I lost use of my left arm. I then tried to speak and realized I was slurring my speech. As I turned to my wife she noticed the left side of my face was drooping. We immediately knew what was happening. These are stroke warning signs. We called 911 and an ambulance got me to the hospital. Thank you for all your kind thoughts and prayers. I’m doing much better.
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“Around 10:30am on July 4th I lost use of my left arm. I then tried to speak and realized I was slurring my speech. As I turned to my wife she noticed the left side of my face was drooping. We immediately knew what was happening,” Bruschi wrote. “These are stroke warning signs. We called 911 and an ambulance got me to the hospital. Thank you for all your kind thoughts and prayers. I’m doing much better.”
Bruschi has dedicated much of his life to raising awareness about strokes since he suffered his first in 2005. He wrote a book about the experience in 2007 and has since run in multiple Boston Marathons. He even played for the Patriots for several more seasons after his first stroke.
It’s great to hear that Bruschi is on the road to recovery, and it’s remarkable that he is already using another unfortunate situation to educate others.
- Tedy Bruschi
Congratulations are in order for Baker Mayfield and his wife Emily Wilkinson.
The two got married at Calamigos Ranch in Malibu on Saturday night, according to reports.
Oklahoma Sooners co-offensive coordinator Cale Gundy shared a photo of several Sooners who attended the affair:
— Cale Gundy (@OU_CoachGundy) July 6, 2019
In the photo are: Cale Gundy, former tight end Connor Knight, Gundy’s son KC Gundy, former wide receivers Grant Bothun, Dede Westbrook and Geno Lewis, wide receiver Nick Basquine, former quarterback Kyler Murray, former tight end Mark Andrews, former offensive tackle Orlando Brown, former center Ty Darlington and tight end Grant Calcaterra, according to OU Daily.
Mayfield, 24, is entering his second NFL season with the Cleveland Browns after they made him the No. 1 overall pick last year. He played for Oklahoma in college after transferring there from Texas Tech. He won the Heisman Trophy in 2017.
Mayfield and Wilkinson made their first public appearance at a Clippers game in 2018. Mayfield proposed about a year prior to their wedding.
It has been nearly 15 years since former New England Patriots linebacker Tedy Bruschi suffered a stroke and fought his way back to play several more seasons, and unfortunately it has happened again.
Bruschi’s foundation, Tedy’s Team, released a statement on Friday revealing that Bruschi suffered a stroke on the 4th of July. Fortunately, the 46-year-old recognized the warning signs immediately and was able to get medical attention as quickly as possible. He is said to be “recovering well.”
Tedy's Team has issued the following statement on behalf of the Bruschi family. pic.twitter.com/CuwmHobvl3
— Tedy's Team (@TedysTeam) July 5, 2019
Bruschi has dedicated much of his life to raising awareness about strokes since he suffered his in 2005. He wrote a book about the experience in 2007 and has since run in multiple Boston Marathons. Here’s hoping Bruschi is once again able to make a full recovery.
- Tedy Bruschi
Dallas Cowboys defensive lineman Randy Gregory was suspended indefinitely at the start of the offseason for another violation of the NFL’s substance abuse policy, but he is hoping the league will allow him to rejoin his teammates to prepare for the 2019 season.
David Moore of the Dallas Morning News reports that Gregory is planning to apply for reinstatement at some point in the next two weeks, as he is hoping to be cleared to take part in training camp and preseason games. The NFL has yet to announce if Gregory will be be forced to sit out regular-season games, but that seems like a foregone conclusion given that this is his fourth suspension since he came into the league in 2015.
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell has the option of reinstating Gregory for training camp and the preseason while still suspending him for regular-season games. That seems like it would be the best-case scenario for the 26-year-old.
Moore was told by a source that Gregory has not failed or missed a test since he was suspended five months ago and that he would not petition for reinstatement if he had.
Gregory played in 14 games last season after he was reinstated in July 2018. He had missed 30 of 32 possible games during his first two NFL seasons. The former Nebraska star has violated the NFL’s substance abuse policy multiple times and was suspended for the entire 2017 season. His history of getting into trouble off the field dates back to before the Cowboys drafted him in the second round.
- Randy Gregory
Miami Dolphins defensive lineman Kendrick Norton lost his arm in a serious car accident on Wednesday night, his agent has confirmed.
In a statement he released on Twitter, Norton’s agent Malki Kawa said Norton suffered multiple serious injuries in the crash and had to have his arm amputated.
With sadness, I can confirm that Kendrick Norton was in a car accident last night and suffered multiple injuries, including the amputation of his arm. We ask that you continue to pray for him. His family also asks that the public respect Kendrick’s privacy.
— malki kawa (@malkikawa) July 4, 2019
What horrible news.
Norton is entering his second NFL season, but the 22-year-old will likely never play football again. He was drafted by the Carolina Panthers in the seventh round last year and did not make the roster, which is how he ended up with the Dolphins. Norton also played his college ball at Miami.
- Kendrick Norton
Miami Dolphins defensive tackle Kendrick Norton was involved in a serious car accident on Wednesday night, and it does not sound like he will ever be able to play football again.
The Dolphins confirmed on Thursday morning that Norton was involved in a “serious car accident.” While multiple reports said it was not life-threatening, Andy Slater of SlaterScoops.com was told Norton had to have his arm amputated at the scene.
Unfortunate news: The overnight, rollover crash involving Dolphins DL Kendrick Norton resulted in paramedics having to amputate his left arm at the scene, multiple sources tell me.
— Andy Slater (@AndySlater) July 4, 2019
Norton was drafted by the Panthers in the seventh round last year and landed with the Dolphins after not making the roster in Carolina. He played his college ball at Miami. Our thoughts are with him and his family.