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#pounditMonday, July 26, 2021

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Tom Brady rips NFL team that passed on him in free agency

Tom Brady Bucs

Tom Brady made headlines last month when he said he was shocked that one particular team chose to stick with its current quarterback rather than signing the future Hall of Famer in free agency. While Brady will likely never reveal which quarterback or team he was talking about, he did take yet another swipe at the franchise this week.

Brady said on HBO’s “The Shop” several weeks ago that he thought to himself, “You’re sticking with that motherf—er?” when one specific team bowed out of the free agency sweepstakes for him last year. He was asked about that quarterback and team again during an interview SiriusXM’s Jim Gray that will air on Wednesday night. Brady didn’t give anything away, but he reiterated that the unnamed team made a huge mistake.

“There’s private things for me that are going to remain motivational for me. They know who they are … it’s fine,” Brady said, as transcribed by Karen Guregian of the Boston Herald. “Everyone has a choice to choose. I think what you realize is, there’s not as many smart people as you think. That’s just the reality. I think it’d be a no-brainer if you said, ‘Hey, you’ve got a chance to get Wayne Gretzky on your team, or you got a chance to have Michael Jordan on your team.’ … ‘Oh, we don’t need him, no thanks. We’re good.’”

It was surprising to hear Brady compare himself to Wayne Gretzky and Michael Jordan, as he typically does his best to downplay that kind of talk. However, that is further proof of how slighted he felt when the mystery team told him “no thanks.”

Brady said the situation gave him motivation to “go show these teams what they’re missing,” but it’s clear there was one team in particular that left him in disbelief. We’ve heard plenty of theories about which team and QB that could be.

The Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski Tampa party continues! Treat yourself or a friend with this great Tampa Fiesta shirt. You can buy it here.

Aaron Rodgers tweets his reaction to Milwaukee Bucks winning championship

Aaron Rodgers

The Milwaukee Bucks are the NBA champions, and Aaron Rodgers is every bit as happy as you could imagine.

Rodgers, who is from California but has played in Wisconsin since being drafted by the Packers in 2005, has been a Bucks fan for several years. He even became a part-owner of the team in 2018.

The Packers quarterback has been tweeting his thoughts little-by-little throughout the Bucks’ championship run.

On Tuesday night, the Bucks beat the Suns 105-98 in Game 6 to clinch the title. Rodgers tweeted a few brief thoughts.

He also recognized the big game by Giannis Antetokounmpo, who scored 50 points.

This wasn’t Rodgers’ night, but it was nice for him and all the fans who have supported the teams for several years to see them win it all.

Packers QB blasts fan who criticized him for cornhole photo

Kurt Benkert

Green Bay Packers quarterback Kurt Benkert had a strong response to a fan who criticized him over a photo he shared on Twitter.

Benkert shared a photo on Tuesday of himself playing cornhole. A self-identified Packers fan ripped Benkert in response, telling him his focus was in the wrong place.

Benkert responded to the fan.

Heavens forbid a player wear clothes! Maybe the fan prefers to see the players in the buff?

Benkert played college ball at Virginia. He originally signed with the Atlanta Falcons in 2018 before being dropped earlier this year. He has been with the Packers since May. Benkert has some work to do to make the roster behind Aaron Rodgers, Jordan Love and Blake Bortles. In the meantime, he will both annoy and entertain fans with his cornhole photos.

Cam Akers shares positive message after news of torn Achilles tendon

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Cam Akers shared a positive message on Twitter Tuesday amid some bad injury news.

Akers suffered a torn Achilles tendon while training recently and will miss the season. A rookie out of Florida State, Akers led the Los Angeles Rams with 625 yards on 145 carries.

Even though the injury could have him down mentally, Akers is thinking positively. He says he is in “great spirits” and believes this is all part of a master plan.

The 22-year-old was a playoff star last season, rushing for 221 yards and two touchdowns.

Rams head coach Sean McVay says the team does not have immediate plans to pursue a veteran running back.

“We’ve got some young backs on our roster that I’m intrigued about seeing how they handle this opportunity,” McVay said Tuesday. “I don’t know that the veteran route is something that we would rule out, but it’s not something that we’re immediately looking to address right now.”

Darrell Henderson, Raymond Calais and Jake Funk could be among the players who fill in Akers’ shoes.

Pat McAfee sheds light on two entertaining Aaron Rodgers rumors

Aaron Rodgers

The Aaron Rodgers drama has officially reached the point where people are reporting on the cleanliness of his Green Bay-area home, and one of the quarterback’s buddies is here to tell us all to pump the brakes.

Former NFL punter Pat McAfee, who has Rodgers as a regular guest on “The Pat McAfee Show,” addressed two of the more popular Rodgers offseason rumors on Tuesday. The latest is that Rodgers recently had his home deep cleaned after being away for a while, which many took to mean he is getting ready to move back in and report to the Packers.

A source told McAfee that is not true. He said on his show Tuesday that Rodgers has never had his house deep cleaned or cleaned in general by anyone other than his personal housekeeper. McAfee also addressed a rumor from earlier in the offseason that Rodgers had renewed his membership to Green Bay Country Club. Based on what McAfee was told, the renewal was automatic.

You can hear more below:

Bottom line: None of this means anything and no one really knows when or if Rodgers will report to the Packers. What we do know is that the issue is not about money, as he reportedly turned down a massive extension from the team already.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter recently offered an interesting prediction for how the Rodgers situation may play out.

Tom Brady cracked funny jokes to Joe Biden during White House visit

Tom Brady Joe Biden

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers visited the White House on Tuesday to be honored for winning the Super Bowl, and of course Tom Brady managed to steal the show.

Brady gave a brief speech in which he joked about election fraud allegations and took a swipe at himself over an infamous gaffe he had last year. The 43-year-old said people can’t believe the Bucs won the Super Bowl and that around 40 percent still don’t think they did. He then turned to Joe Biden and said, “You understand that, Mr. President?”

Brady also joked that people nicknamed him “Sleepy Tom” after he infamously lost track of downs during a game last season. Here’s the video:

As you likely know, “Sleepy Joe” is what Donald Trump and his supporters call Joe Biden.

Brady lost track of downs and cost the Bucs in a big way in their loss to the Chicago Bears last year. It was one of the most surprising mistakes you will ever see from the future Hall of Famer, and people were more than happy to criticize him for it. You can see the video here.

Brady chose not to join the New England Patriots on their White House visit when Trump was in office. He seemed to have a good time with Biden on Tuesday.

The Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski Tampa party continues! Treat yourself or a friend with this great Tampa Fiesta shirt. You can buy it here.

Jets coach Greg Knapp critically injured in bike accident

Greg Knapp

New York Jets assistant coach Greg Knapp is in critical condition after he was struck by a car while riding his bicycle over the weekend. On Tuesday, Knapp’s family released a statement.

Knapp’s family did not provide an update on the 58-year-old’s health. They thanked those who have reached out to show support and asked for continued prayers.

Mike Klis of 9News learned on Monday that Knapp is in critical condition after he suffered serious injuries when his bicycle was hit by a car.

Knapp has been a coach in the NFL since he started out with the San Francisco 49ers in the 1990s. He was hired by the Jets this year as their quarterbacks coach and passing game specialist. Here’s hoping he is able to make a full recovery.

Cam Akers to miss 2021 season with torn Achilles

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The Los Angeles Rams were dealt a major blow this week, as running back Cam Akers will miss the entire 2021 season with an injury.

Akers suffered a torn Achilles while training recently, according to multiple reports. He will undergo surgery and not play at all this year.

Akers took on a huge role for the Rams as a rookie late last season. He finished the year as the team’s leading rusher with 625 yards on 145 carries. He also rushed for 221 yards and scored two touchdowns in two playoffs games, which had fans excited for what he would be capable of in his second NFL season.

With Akers out, the Rams will likely lean on Darrell Henderson more than expected. They could also bring in a veteran, and we know at least one who would almost certainly love to have the job.

Tom Brady’s personal trainer reveals how long QB will play

Tom Brady Bucs

Tom Brady signed a contract extension with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers this offseason that ties him to the team through at least the 2022 season. The deal saved the Bucs a significant amount toward the salary cap this year, but it sounds like that was only part of Brady’s motivation for signing it.

During an appearance on “The Adam Schefter Podcast” this week, Brady’s longtime personal trainer and close friend Alex Guerrero said he expects the seven-time Super Bowl champion to play at least two more seasons. Guerrero broke the news by mentioning that he is looking forward to helping Brady accomplish his goal of playing until the age of 45. Schefter then asked if that means Brady is planning to play through at least the 2022 season, and Guerrero emphatically replied “yes.”

“I know from my perspective, I want to honor my promise to him in helping him with his goal. If his goal changes, no problem,” Guerrero said. “If he says, ‘Hey, I think I’m gonna call it a day.’ Great, no problem. I would 100 percent support that. In my mind, I’m trying to prepare him to be able to (play at least two more years).”

Brady will turn 44 on Aug. 3, so he’d have to play in 2022 if his goal is to still be playing in the NFL at age 45. Guerrero indicated that the plan could change, but he said he always tries to look two or three years down the road.

“I try to keep his body three years ahead of where we need to be,” Guerrero said. “I’m thinking about not just next year, but what if he feels so good at 45 that he wants to play at 46? I better plan. I better think about how I need to get his body prepared for 46 or 47, I don’t know. It might be 45, it might be 44. … I expect him to play this year and next year.”

Brady said many years ago that he will continue to play until he “sucks.” He threw for 4,633 yards with 40 touchdowns and 12 interceptions last season in a brand new offense. He also captured his fifth Super Bowl MVP award and did it all while playing through a significant injury. It’s hard to imagine Brady sucking anytime soon.

If anything, Brady would probably stop playing earlier than expected because of his family. Judging by what his wife Gisele said to him after the Super Bowl earlier this year, it sounds like she wouldn’t mind if he played one more season rather than two.

The Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski Tampa party continues! Treat yourself or a friend with this great Tampa Fiesta shirt. You can buy it here.

Aaron Rodgers reportedly turned down massive extension from Packers

Aaron Rodgers

Aaron Rodgers has yet to report to the Green Bay Packers, and there was initially speculation that he wanted a new contract. We now have further evidence that it is not about the money for the reigning NFL MVP.

Rodgers turned down a two-year contract extension offer from the Packers earlier this offseason, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports. The deal would have tied the the 37-year-old to Green Bay for five more seasons and made him the highest-paid quarterback in football.

Those who have some insight into Rodgers’ thinking have said his issue with the Packers is more about their organizational philosophy than anything. Rodgers has admitted he was not pleased with the team’s decision to trade up in the draft for quarterback Jordan Love last year. However, he is said to have been more angry that the Packers left him in the dark about the decision.

James Jones, who played with Rodgers in Green Bay and has maintained a friendship with the QB, hinted last month that Rodgers has been unhappy with the team letting certain veteran players walk.

If Rodgers simply wanted a raise, the issue would likely be resolved by now. It is clearly a lot more complicated than that. Schefter recently shared an interesting prediction for how the situation may play out.