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Police file charges against Jets CB Darrelle Revis

 Charges have been filed against New York Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis in connection with an altercation over the weekend in Pittsburgh’s South Side neighborhood, authorities said.

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Revis, 31, faces two counts of aggravated assault, one count of felony robbery, one count of conspiracy and one count of making terroristic threats, police said. 

Revis' attorney, Blaine Jones, told ESPN that he was trying to reach the four-time All-Pro by phone Thursday night to arrange for him to surrender to police. Jones wouldn't say when Revis, an Aliquippa, Pennsylvania, native would turn himself in, but noted it would be "rather soon." Jones told The Associated Press that once a warrant was issued, he would arrange for Revis to turn himself in.

A Jets spokesman said Thursday that the team was aware of the incident and had spoken to Revis, ESPN reported. NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said the league would look into the matter. 

Pittsburgh police said officers were called at 2:43 a.m. Sunday in Pittsburgh’s popular South Side neighborhood for a report of two men who had been knocked unconscious. 

According to the investigation, a 22-year-old man from Kittanning, Pennsylvania, was walking along a street when he spotted a man who resembled Revis. The man told police that he asked if the man was Revis, and the player confirmed his identity. 

The man began recording the interaction on his cellphone and continued following Revis, police said. "At some point, Revis snatched the cellphone away and attempted to delete the video," the police statement said. 

 A 21-year-old man from Ross Township, Pennsylvania, attempted to help the 22-year-old retrieve the cellphone, and Revis tossed it onto the roadway, police said.  

Authorities said a verbal argument followed and a fourth man came to assist Revis. Both the 22-year-old and the 21-year-old told officers that they were punched and then remember waking up to talk to police.  

Witnesses stated that the two men were unconscious for about 10 minutes. Pittsburgh police said they viewed the cellphone video recorded by the 22-year-old man and confirmed that the person involved in the altercation was Revis.  

Jones said the two men were taunting Revis while he was visiting a place in the South Side that he is developing. He said Revis told the men he played football and that he didn’t want any trouble. 

Revis was a star player at the University of Pittsburgh before he went to the NFL. 

Jones said Revis had returned home to Pittsburgh to visit family and friends and stopped by a location on the South Side that he's in the process of developing. Asked by reporters Thursday night why Revis was there at such a late hour, Jones said his client "didn't want to be around a lot of people" while looking at the real-estate investments and "kind of wanted to do it on his own terms."

Jones said Revis was "physically assaulted while at the location by a group of at least five people," ESPN reported.

"It's my understanding that when Darrelle turned around he wasn't sure whether it was a weapon or a phone," Jones told reporters. "He didn't know. He just knows he left, these guys were saying his name, he turns around and sees an object and he wasn't sure what it was or whether he was going to get robbed or assaulted or what.

"He feared for his safety."

Revis, one of the NFL's most accomplished players, is facing an uncertain future with the Jets, ESPN reported. After a disappointing season — he called it the worst of his career — the 31-year-old Revis could be a salary-cap casualty in the coming weeks; he's due a $2 million roster bonus on March 11, plus another $13 million in base salary (including $6 million guaranteed).

Revis acknowledged he reported to training camp last season out of shape, contributing to his slow start. He has vowed to rebound in 2017, even saying he's willing to switch to safety.

Revis, who spent one year apiece with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and New England Patriots, returned to the Jets in 2015, signing a five-year, $70 million contract. Since then, he has struggled to reach the standard he set from 2007 to 2011, when he was regarded as the best cornerback in the league.

"He was not the aggressor that night. He was 1 thousand percent the victim!"#DarrelleRevis attorney clearing the air on @WPXI 11 @ 11.— Mike Holden (@WPXIMikeHolden) February 17, 2017 <script async src="//" charset="utf-8"></script>

Attorney Jones on #Revis assault charges right now.... @WPXI— Mike Holden (@WPXIMikeHolden) February 17, 2017 <script async src="//" charset="utf-8"></script>

Patriots owner Robert Kraft speaks on players skipping White House Trip

Joy Johnston contributed to this report.

There's been a lot of support as well as criticism for the decisions of some Super Bowl champions publicly declining to go to the White House.

Patriots owner Robert Kraft addressed the topic Monday on “The Today Show” by downplaying it.

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“Well, you know what’s interesting, this is our, I’m happy to say, fifth Super Bowl in the last 16 years,” he said. “And every time we’ve had the privilege of going to the White House, a dozen of our players don’t go. This is the first time it’s gotten any media attention.

“You know, some of the players have the privilege of going in college because they’re on national championship teams, others have family commitments. But this is America. We’re all free to do whatever’s best for us. We’re just privileged to be in a position to be going.”

WATCH "Has your relationship with Donald Trump in any way restrained your relationship with some of your players?" @MLauer asks #RobertKraft— TODAY (@TODAYshow) February 13, 2017

Patriots tight end Martellus Bennett commented on the subject last week, saying, “I’m not going to go.”

“It is what it is. People know how I feel about it. Just follow me on Twitter,” he said.

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Defensive back Devin McCourty also announced his decision not to go to D.C.

“I’m not going to the White House. Basic reason for me is I don’t feel accepted in the White House. With the president having so many strong opinions and prejudices, I believe certain people might feel accepted there while others won’t,” he said.

Alan Branch, Dont’a Hightower, Chris Long and LeGarrette Blount won’t be going either.

“I won’t be going to the White House,” Blount said. “I just don’t feel welcome in that house. I’ll just leave it at that.”

>> Tom Brady isn't the first 5-time Super Bowl champion

Patriots star quarterback Tom Brady skipped a White House team visit with President Obama in 2015, after the Patriots won Super Bowl XLIX. At the time Brady said he had a previously arranged “family commitment,” but there was speculation that Brady was upset at a Deflategate joke made by then-White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest.

Brett Favre said he also lost jersey after Super Bowl win

Tom Brady’s jersey was stolen after the New England Patriots’ memorable comeback victory in Super Bowl LI, and it still hasn’t turned up nearly a week after New England’s heart-stopping 34-28 win in overtime.

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However, it’s not the first time the jersey of a Super Bowl-winning quarterback has gone missing. 

Former Green Bay quarterback Brett Favre told Fox Business Network on Friday that his uniform disappeared shortly after the Packers’ 35-21 victory against New England 20 years ago in Super Bowl XXXI. 

While Favre did not say his No. 4 jersey was stolen, he did admit to “Mornings with Maria” host Maria Bartiromo that he doesn’t “know where it is and where it went.”

“What happens is there’s a massive celebration, of course, you go into the locker room – it’s mass confusion,” Favre said. “Unless you actually take your jersey off and your pants and stuff, and you put them in a bag that is secure, you don’t know because there’s people grabbing stuff, there’s laundry, guys are going in the shower, they’re hugging, there’s champagne – so, it could easily get taken.”

After Super Bowl VII in January 1973, Miami Dolphins coach Don Shula was being carried off the field at the Los Angeles Coliseum when a fan tried to steal his watch. Shula, the architect of the NFL’s only perfect season, wrestled the watch back despite the swarm of fans around him.

The person who took Brady’s jersey probably would be caught if he or she tried to sell it. Josh Evans, founder of the auction site Lelands, told USA Today that he probably could sell it for more than $1 million if the jersey was obtained legitimately

 “I would not have a hard decision to make in pricing that at a million. I think if we auctioned it off it would probably sell for a million,” Evans told USA Today. “That’s a lot for a modern jersey. The key is that you probably have to sell it very quickly because now is the time when people are the most excited and the most fanatic about these kinds of things. Five years from now something else will happen, something else will occur and it will probably go down in value.”

That’s for a legitimate sale. For a stolen jersey, Evans said the value is worthless to his company.

 “It’s such a big story that you couldn’t sell it legitimately,” Evans told USA Today. “There is probably a black market for sports memorabilia. … To me it’s worth zero, but you know, legitimate it’s amazing.

“Illegitimate? It’s unsellable.”

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Headlines the day after Tom Brady was drafted are quite amusing

Hard to figure. Somewhat curious.

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In the pantheon of “words that can come back to haunt you,” those rank up there. They were uttered in the spring of 2000 when the New England Patriots selected Michigan quarterback Tom Brady in the sixth round.

While everybody can be forgiven for not recognizing that the course of pro football history had been changed — that Brady’s career would surpass the 198 players taken ahead of him collectively — a look back at what was said then is more than a reminder the draft is a crapshoot.

“Brady pick hard to figure” said the headline in The Boston Herald. “What’s with that?” the paper went on to say. “Why another quarterback? The Patriots already have their franchise starter in Drew Bledsoe, a proven veteran backup in John Friesz, and a young developmental player in Michael Bishop.”

Absolutely. Let the first stone be cast by any of those among us who has never said you don’t need Tom Brady when you have Michael Bishop.

But there’s more. Massachusetts’ Telegram & Gazette called the Brady pick “somewhat curious.” The Boston Herald used a similar description, only not being in such a gracious mood, it dropped “somewhat” as a qualifier.

Days later, as the Patriots began rookie orientation camp, The Herald speculated on which quarterbacks would be the odd men out, concluding Brady and Bishop “would be trade possibilities.” At least the report warned against picturing Brady on the practice squad. Another team probably would claim him, it said.

A calming voice belonged to Belichick, who said Brady was simply the highest-rated guy left on his board.

“He’ll make everybody forget Drew Bledsoe, win five Super Bowls for us, become a Hall of Famer and supplant Joe Montana as the consensus pick as the greatest quarterback ever,” Belichick said at the time.

In reality, Belichick did not say any of that.

“We’ll put him out there, let him compete and see what happens,” is what Belichick did say.

Entering the draft, the consensus was there were at least a half-dozen quarterbacks more coveted. The Los Angeles Times rated the best as Chad Pennington (who would eventually play for the Dolphins), Chris Redman, Tee Martin, Todd Husak and Giovanni Carmazzi. Lumped under the label “the rest” was Brady, at No. 10.

Carmazzi actually warrants a moment of attention. Coming out of Hofstra, he was taken by San Francisco in the third round. He never played a down in the NFL.

So Carmazzi did not become the GOAT. He did, however — and we absolutely are not capable of making this up — become a goat farmer who practiced yoga.

In more bland matters, the one visit Carmazzi took was to the Dolphins.

“I’m not going to say that we wouldn’t draft a quarterback,” then-Dolphins coach Dave Wannstedt told Newsday. “We’ve got a couple of guys who are rated really high. … But with our quarterback situation right now, we’ve got three young guys — Jay Fiedler, Jim Druckenmiller and Damon Huard — who we’re trying to develop.”

Absolutely. Let the first stone be cast by any of those among us who has never said you don’t need Tom Brady when you have Jim Druckenmiller.

Brady had a very Brady-like reaction to not going as high as he’d hoped all those years ago.

“I don’t think disappointment is the word,” Brady said back then. “Whether it’s the second or sixth round, I think everyone starts on the same level.”

In truth, almost every franchise can pinpoint a time they lucked out in the draft. Don Shula had a chance to stick out his chest years ago when asked about one of the “smartest” picks he ever made — receiver Mark Clayton in the eighth round in 1983.

“He was there,” Shula said. “When you take somebody that late in the draft, obviously you don’t have great convictions about him. Otherwise you would have taken him a lot earlier.”

So give the Patriots credit for taking Brady.

Give Belichick credit for being a genius.

Just use a little caution in putting those two together.

In Brady’s class?

Much has been made of quarterbacks taken in the 2000 draft before Tom Brady, starting with the first QB selected, Marshall’s Chad Pennington at No. 18 to the New York Jets. But little has been said about passers evidently considered equal to Brady in terms of where they actually were drafted. Keeping in mind Brady was the 199th player taken, here’s a look at the passer taken directly before him and all four drafted after him.

Rd. (pick) ;Player ;College ;NFL

6. (183) ;Spergon Wynn ;Texas St. ;Browns

Comment: Two NFL seasons; career rating 39.5.

6. (202) ;Todd Husak ;Stanford ;Redskins

Comment: Never threw incompletion (2 for 2 career totals).

7. (212) Tim Rattay ;La. Tech ;49ers

Comment: Best career of bunch; 4,853 yards; 81.9 career rating.

7. (214) Jarious Jackson ;Notre Dame ;Broncos

Comment: Only 22 attempts in four seasons.

7. (234) Joe Hamilton ;Ga. Tech ;Buccaneers

Comment: Four seasons, 0 passes, but did lose 2 yards with one rushing attempt.

Patriots’ higher priorities?

Here are the six players the Patriots drafted in 2000 before they got around to Tom Brady.

2. (46) ;OL ;Adrian Klemm ;Hawaii

Comment: Six seasons in NFL but never started more than four games in a season for Pats.

3. (76) ;RB ;J.R. Redmond ;Arizona St.

Comment: 406 yards as rookie by far his best of six NFL seasons.

4. (127) ;OT ;Greg Randall ;Michigan St.

Comment: Starter in ’01 but career lasted only four seasons.

5. (141) ;TE; Dave Stachelski ;Boise St.

Comment: Two seasons with Saints; one catch for 5 yards.

5. (161) ;DE ;Jeff Marriott ;Missouri

Comment: Never played in NFL.

6. (187) ;CB ;Antwan Harris ;Virginia

Comment: Started total of two games in six NFL seasons.

Tom Brady isn't the first 5-time Super Bowl champion

The New England Patriots became champions for the fifth time Sunday when they beat the Atlanta Falcons during Super Bowl 51 at NRG Stadium in Houston. 

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The win was also the fifth championship takeaway for Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, who has been with the team since 2000. The team has won the Super Bowl five times, with championship wins in 2002, 2004, 2005, 2015 and 2017.

But Tom Brady isn't the first football player to earn that many championship wins in a career. 

Charles Haley, whose football career spanned from 1986 to 1999, earned a number of accolades throughout his time playing for the San Francisco 49ers (1986–1991, 1998-1999) and the Dallas Cowboys (1992–1996).

The Hall of Fame defensive end/linebacker earned the rings over a 12-season period in 1989, 1990, 1993, 1994 and 1996. 

Twenty-one years later, Brady earned his fifth over a 17-season period.

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Haley, 53, congratulated Brady via Twitter on Monday and encouraged Brady to beat the record. 

"Congrats to #tombrady," Haley wrote. "Welcome to the 5x Club. Now go get that 6th one."

On Sunday, the Patriots joined the San Francisco 49ers and the Dallas Cowboys as a team with five Super Bowl wins. The Pittsburgh Steelers currently hold the record with six championship wins.

Congrats to Tom Brady & @Patriots for an amazing run to #SuperBowl - Tom, I hope you can join me in the 5 Super Bowl Ring Club, I'm lonely!— Charles Haley (@CharlesHaleyHoF) January 23, 2017

Congrats to #tombrady Welcome to the 5x Club. Now go get that 6th one. @Patriots @SuperBowl @NFL— Charles Haley (@CharlesHaleyHoF) February 7, 2017 <script async src="//" charset="utf-8"></script>

Tom Brady declares Tuesday a Boston-wide holiday

The New England Patriots have won the Super Bowl, Tom Brady has been named the MVP, and the City of Boston has planned a parade for Tuesday.

But with that rolling rally coming on a work day, many employees are trying to find an excuse: that's where Tom Brady comes in.

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In an Instagram post Monday afternoon, he declared parade day a city-wide holiday. "TOMORROW, WE DANCE IN THE STREETS," he said.

Attention managers of Boston: I hereby declare tomorrow a city-wide holiday. TOMORROW, WE DANCE IN THE STREETS #LETSGOOOOOOOOO A video posted by Tom Brady (@tombrady) on Feb 6, 2017 at 2:41pm PST

After Super Bowl loss, students blame Falcons for school tardiness

Monday morning wasn't easy for Atlanta Falcons fans.

The Falcons made history Sunday night in Super Bowl LI, but not in the way fans had hoped. The team blew a 25-point lead over the New England Patriots in the the worst collapse ever seen in a Super Bowl.

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Many struggled to get out of bed and make it to work on time Monday, and it was no different for students.

At Greater Atlanta Christian School in Gwinnett County, Georgia, several students admitted their reason for being late had to do with the Super Bowl. But one student’s reason takes the cake.

Under “reason” on the tardy list, the student wrote, “Failed to rise up."

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The school posted the list on its Facebook page, saying, “This might be our favorite tardy excuse … ever.”

So for everyone who spent time trying to come up with clever excuses for being late, it turns out that honesty really is the best policy.

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This might be our very favorite tardy excuse...ever. "Failed to rise up." #riseupPosted by Greater Atlanta Christian School on Monday, February 6, 2017

Super Bowl: Patriots' James White greets fans at Disney World parade

Fresh off a Super Bowl win, New England Patriots running back James White appeared in a parade Monday afternoon at Magic Kingdom Park, Walt Disney World officials said.

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White helped lead his team to a come-from-behind 34-28 overtime victory against the Atlanta Falcons Sunday during Super Bowl LI.

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It was a record-setting performance for White, who caught 14 passes for 110 yards and three touchdowns, including the game-winning score.

The parade has been held at the Bay Lake, Florida, park after each Super Bowl since 1987.

This is the fourth appearance in the parade by a Patriots player.

Disney officials said no NFL team has had a player appear in the parade more than four times.

Must See: US troops reunited with families in live, high-tech Super Bowl ad

Hyundai, an official NFL sponsor, pulled off a technological feat at Super Bowl LI almost as stunning as the New England Patriots historic, come-from-behind victory over the Atlanta Falcons.

The automaker produced a live, 90-second ad in real-time that reunited three deployed soldiers overseas at a U.S. military base in Zagan, Poland with their families back in Houston at the Super Bowl.

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The technological wizardry used to produce the ad looked like a kind of virtual reality, but it was not virtual reality, a Hyundai official said.

Produced by acclaimed director Peter Bergen of “Patriots Day” and “Deepwater Horizon,” the ad was shot, edited and produced during the Super Bowl.

“Fully immersive, 360-degree live streaming pods were custom built to give the soldiers an in-stadium experience. But they weren’t just experiencing the game from the stands. They were surrounded by family in a (Hyundai’s) Super Bowl LI box suite,” the automaker said in an explanation of the commercial on its website.

Producers used three “high-tech teddy bears” that were outfitted with 360-degree cameras and placed in sites in the box suite. The cameras fed the livestream to the soldiers back in Poland, while a screen in the stadium suite showed a livestream of the soldier to their families.

The three soldiers in Poland and their families in the stadium suites felt like they were watching the game together.

“Super Bowl is the biggest day in advertising and following our incredibly successful 2016, we wanted to push the creativity and storytelling even further,” Hyundai Motors America CMO Dean Evans said. 

Most would agree that did indeed happen in this first-of-its-kind live Super Bowl commercial.

The ad aired after the game ended in the first commercial break before the Lombardi Trophy presentation.

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