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Attorney offers update on young girl injured in Britt Reid car crash

Britt Reid

The young girl who was hospitalized in critical care after being injured in a car crash involving former Kansas City Chiefs coach Britt Reid awoke from her coma recently, but she is still dealing with numerous health complications.

Tom Porto, the attorney for the family of 5-year-old Ariel Young, told “Good Morning America” on Tuesday that Ariel could have permanent brain damage. She has also been unable to walk.

“She’s awake, which is a huge development,” Porto said. “She likely has permanent brain damage that she will endure for the rest of her life. She’s not walking — it’s a sad, sad, sad story.”

Reid’s vehicle was on an entrance ramp not far from the Kansas City Chiefs’ facility on Feb. 4 when it struck two cars — one disabled vehicle that had run out of gas, and another that had come to help the other vehicle. He admitted to police that he had two or three drinks and had taken prescription Adderall.

Porto provided some photos of the damage to ABC that show the severity of the collision. You can see them in the video below:

Porto said Reid’s toxicology report has not come back, but he believes Reid should not have been driving. The attorney said he will be “advocating for the most serious charges and the most serious sentence that Britt could ever receive.”

Reid, 35, is no longer employed by the Chiefs. He is facing serious legal consequences. He did not travel to the Super Bowl with Kansas City after the crash, and his father Andy Reid shared some thoughts on the incident before the Chiefs’ loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Here’s hoping for better news about Ariel in the days ahead.

Here is what Gisele told Tom Brady immediately after Super Bowl win

Tom Brady Gisele

Tom Brady’s wife Gisele has always been very supportive of his football career, but she has hinted in the past that she would prefer if the quarterback retired. Now that Brady has won his seventh Super Bowl, that sentiment may be stronger than ever.

During his appearance on “The Late Late Show with James Corden” that aired on Tuesday night, Brady shared a funny story about the exchange he had with Gisele after the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ win over the Kansas City Chiefs a few weeks ago. The 43-year-old said the first thing his wife did was drop a subtle remark about Brady hanging up the cleats.

“I was looking for my family, and all of a sudden I see my oldest son run over to me and I gave him a big hug,” Brady recalled. “I saw my two little ones, and all of a sudden I saw my wife. I gave her a big hug, and just as I did it she says, ‘What more do you have to prove?'”

Brady said the only thing he could think to do was change the subject.

“I just gave her a big hug. I was trying to figure out a way to change the subject really quick,” he added. “I think I moved onto something else pretty quickly.”

Brady probably has no answer for Gisele. In terms of his legacy, he has nothing left to prove. He’s the greatest quarterback of all time and has now shown he can win a title without Bill Belichick. His seven championships will almost certainly never be matched.

Obviously, Brady still loves playing. Gisele has expressed concern about his health in the past, which is understandable. But if you saw the way Brady was acting at the Bucs’ victory parade, you know he is far from bored of adding to his Hall of Fame legacy. We would be surprised if next season is his last.

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Chandler Jones had hilarious recruiting pitch for JJ Watt

Chandler Jones

Perhaps it was Chandler Jones’ recruiting pitch that was the difference in wooing J.J. Watt to the Arizona Cardinals.

On Monday, after Watt revealed he was signing with the Cardinals, Jones posted a screenshot of a direct message he sent roughly two weeks ago. In it, he offers to be Watt’s personal chef, with two free days a week.

Hopefully Jones is a good chef. It sounds like he’s going to be a busy guy.

In reality, Jones was probably a key factor in Watt’s decision, but not because of his cooking. With 61 sacks in 69 games since joining Arizona, Jones is one of the league’s most dangerous pass rushers in his own right. Pairing him with Watt is just going to cause major problems for opposing offensive lines. Plus, a strong supporting cast is one of the things Watt reportedly prioritized in making his decision.

Baker Mayfield says he and his wife saw a UFO

Baker Mayfield

Do you believe in UFOs? Because Baker Mayfield does.

Mayfield tweeted on Wednesday night to say that he and his wife almost certainly witnessed a UFO drop out of the sky on their way home from dinner. He says the event occurred around Lake Travis, Texas. He was so certain that he asked whether anyone else had witnessed the event.

Some others responded to the tweet and claimed they saw it as well. Bob Lazar definitely saw it too.

It’s unclear whether Mayfield was being serious or whether he’s trolling, maybe as part of some upcoming marketing project. But one thing to keep in mind is that SpaceX launched the Starship SN10 on Wednesday in Boca Chica, though that is much further south than Lake Travis, which is outside of Austin.

I wish I could have been there to see it too, Baker.

By the way, if Mayfield believes in UFOs, that would put him in excellent company among famous quarterbacks.

Kyle Van Noy surprisingly released by Dolphins

Kyle Van Noy

The Miami Dolphins seemed like they envisioned Kyle Van Noy as a cornerstone of their defense when they signed him to a big contract last year, but they are already moving on from the veteran linebacker.

Van Noy was informed by the Dolphins on Tuesday that he is being released, according to Mike Garafolo of NFL Network.

Van Noy played just one season of a four-year, $51 million contract he signed last offseason. The Dolphins paid him $30 million guaranteed, but releasing him frees up nearly $10 million in cap space.

The 29-year-old Van Noy played under Dolphins head coach Brian Flores when Flores was the defensive coordinator with the New England Patriots, so the signing made a lot of sense for Miami. Van Noy played in 14 games for Miami last season and recorded 69 total tackles, six sacks and two forced fumbles.

The Dolphins currently have about $22 million in salary cap space, so releasing Van Noy should bring them closer to $30 million. That will allow them more flexibility this offseason.

Video: Jodie Foster shouts out Aaron Rodgers in Golden Globes speech

Jodie Foster

Jodie Foster made good on her promise to shout out Aaron Rodgers at the Golden Globes.

Foster won the award for Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture for her role “The Mauritanian.” In her acceptance speech, Foster said she loved her wife, dog, and Aaron Rodgers.

So what’s the story there?

When Rodgers won NFL MVP, he randomly mentioned Foster in his acceptance speech. That led many to wonder what the relationship was between Foster and Rodgers.

The actress is friends with actress Shailene Woodley from their time working together on “The Mauritanian.” Rodgers and Woodley began dating just last summer and quickly got engaged. Foster seemed to be supportive of Woodley’s relationship with Rodgers. She also told Jimmy Kimmel in an interview that she would shout out Rodgers if she won a Golden Globe. Well, a week later, Foster made good on the promise.

Jets GM addresses Sam Darnold trade rumors

Sam Darnold

The New York Jets are keeping all of their options open at quarterback this offseason, and general manager Joe Douglas admits that the team has not ruled out trading Sam Darnold.

Douglas was asked on Wednesday about the reports that Darnold is on the trade block. He said the Jets are not actively shopping their former No. 3 overall pick but are not going to ignore inquiries.

“I will answer the call, if it’s made,” Douglas said, via SNY’s Ralph Vacchiano. “Sam is, we think, a dynamic playmaker in this league with dynamic talent … But if calls are made, I will answer them.”

While Douglas essentially confirmed that Darnold is available, he also praised the 23-year-old and indicated the Jets would be comfortable moving forward with him as their quarterback.

“With Sam, our stance on Sam hasn’t changed. He’s an extremely talented player,” Douglas added. “Very smart, very tough. We have no doubt he’s going to achieve his outstanding potential.”

Darnold battled a shoulder injury and had a rough season in 2020. He finished with 2,208 yards, nine touchdowns and 11 interceptions in 12 games. Those are not the numbers the Jets were hoping for in the former USC star’s third NFL season, but many have blamed Adam Gase for New York’s offensive struggles. Gase, of course, was fired after the season.

While he has reportedly drawn interest from multiple teams, Darnold probably has not played well enough to attract big offers. There have been indications that the Jets could have an unrealistic price tag in mind. If that’s the case, Darnold is unlikely to be moved.

Here is why Drew Brees has not yet announced his retirement

Drew Brees

Drew Brees has yet to officially announce that he is retiring from the NFL, and fans are starting to wonder if he has intentionally left the door open to play next season. As of now, there is no reason to think that is the case.

Ian Rapoport of NFL Network confidently stated on Monday that Brees will not be playing football in 2021. He said the 42-year-old may be stalling with his formal announcement because walking away from the game is so difficult for him.

“My understanding of the situation is he wants to do it when he is ready to deal with it and admit to it,” Rapoport said. “He’s played football his entire life. He’s always been a football player. It’s hard for someone to come to grips with the fact that they are retiring. He just wants to make sure that when he announces it he is fully at peace with it. That’s what’s going on. He is not going to play quarterback for the Saints next year.”

Rapoport also noted that Brees reduced his salary to $1 million recently to give the Saints more salary cap space this offseason. He didn’t restructure his contract in a way that would leave the door open for him to play next season.

A recent workout video featuring Brees (see it here) led to speculation that the quarterback might be having second thoughts, but it seems like a good time for him to walk away given how he played down the stretch last season.

Was money the biggest factor in JJ Watt signing with Cardinals?

JJ Watt

JJ Watt shocked the NFL world on Monday when he signed with the Arizona Cardinals, especially after it had been widely reported that he wanted to play for a surefire Super Bowl contender. In the end, it seems like he followed the money.

Watt signed a two-year, $31 million deal with the Cardinals that includes $23 million guaranteed. One report claimed he turned down more money from other teams to sign with Arizona, but that has since been refuted.

Ian Rapoport of NFL Media said Tuesday that the money Watt got was more than the other teams that wanted him were anticipating. Charles Robinson of Yahoo Sports was told that the $23 million guaranteed Watt is getting is closer to the total amount the Indianapolis Colts, Tennessee Titans and Cleveland Browns offered.

That meshes with what Rapoport said, which is that teams anticipated Watt getting offers in the neighborhood of $12 million per year.

The Cardinals aren’t a bad team. They finished 8-8 last season and were inconsistent, but they have plenty of room to grow with Kyler Murray entering a pivotal third NFL season. That said, you could make the argument that Arizona is further from Super Bowl contention than almost all of the other teams that pursued Watt.

If you watched the emotional speech Watt gave (video here) following a Texans loss last season, you might get the impression that all he cares about is winning. His decision to sign with the Cardinals proves it is not quite that simple.

Brent Musburger shares statement on death of Irv Cross

Irv Cross

Brent Musburger shared a statement on Sunday regarding the death of his former coworker, Irv Cross.

Cross died on Sunday at the age of 81. Cross played college ball at Northwestern and later became a two-time Pro Bowler with the Philadelphia Eagles. After playing, Cross went into broadcasting, where he was part of CBS’ “The NFL Today” team.

Musburger was the host of the show, along with Cross and Phyllis George, from 1975-1989.

Musburger is the only living member of the NFL Today group that included him, George, Cross and Jimmy “The Greek” Snyder. George died last year.

Cross was the 2009 recipient of the Pete Rozelle Radio-Television Award handed out by the Pro Football Hall of Fame. He was diagnosed with mild cognitive dementia a few years prior to his death. Cross wished for his brain to be tested for CTE.