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Brett Favre visits Minnesota children’s hospital, Ronald McDonald House

Brett Favre spent the final two seasons of his Hall of Fame football career with the Minnesota Vikings.

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The former quarterback returned to Minnesota on Friday for Super Bowl week and stopped at several places to visit with children, KMSP reported.

Favre visited the University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital and the Ronald McDonald House, KMSP reported.

“To think that a visit, a signed picture, a hug or a handshake can go a long ways and brighten someone’s day is -- I don’t even know how to put it in words,” Favre told KMSP. “I know as well as anyone how fortunate I am to have played the game of football and to have made the amount of money I was fortunate enough to make. It had nothing to do with me and had everything to do with God and the people around me, so this is the right thing to do and it sure makes you feel good.”

Favre said he was going to give a pep talk to the Philadelphia Eagles before they meet the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LII on Sunday in Minneapolis KMSP reported. Eagles head coach Doug Pederson is Favre's former teammate; the two played for the Green Bay Packers.

Justin Timberlake goes on Target run in Twin Cities 

Justin Timberlake decided to go on a Target run this week in Minnesota, and the singer tweeted out a surprise to his fans, KARE reported.

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The singer, who will headline the halftime show for Super Bowl LII on Sunday in Minneapolis, filmed himself at a Target store in St. Paul filling his shopping cart with gifts and necessary items.

“I'm doing my Target run. Got socks, got PJ Masks -- my kid loves them, got Fruity Pebbles -- because I love them, got Reese's Pieces -- shout out to ‘E.T.’ the movie,” Timberlake said on the video.

Timberlake, whose latest album is called “Man of the Woods,” signed five copies of a limited vinyl edition of the record, saying he was going to leave it with the store manager. Fans who wanted the disc had to give a special code to the manager, Timberlake said in the video.

“The code word is aardvark, I don't know why, just sounds like a great word,” he said.

The video was posted Friday afternoon, but it could have been filmed earlier in the week, KARE reported.

Justin Timberlake says son 'will never play football'

Singer Justin Timberlake made it very clear during a news conference Thursday. His son will never play football.

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Timberlake, who was promoting his halftime performance for Super Bowl LII, joked that he would dress out as a wide receiver if the New England Patriots needed him, ESPN reported.

But when asked if he would support the idea of his 2-year-old son, Silas, someday running routes in the NFL, Timberlake nixed it.

“Uh, he will never play football,” Timberlake said. “No, no.”

“I mean, yeah, it's kind of like that thing where my main objective is that he become a great person. And if he wants to get into the arts or sports, then yeah, I would fully support that,” Timberlake said. “I think I can hopefully offer him some advice on what to do and what not to do, so yeah, but right now we're working on our manners. That's a big deal in our house right now. It's like, one thing at a time."

During the news conference, Timberlake also scotched rumors that his former band, ’N Sync, or Janet Jackson, whom he appeared with 14 years ago in the now-infamous “wardrobe malfunction” halftime show, would join him onstage. He only would confirm that his band, The Tennessee Kids, would accompany him, ESPN reported.

Timberlake, 37, is releasing his new album, "Man of the Woods," on Friday.

Tom Brady criticized after kissing 11-year-old son on lips during documentary

In an episode of his Facebook documentary series, “Tom vs. Time,” New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady can be seen kissing his 11-year-old son on the lips twice while receiving a massage — and people are really grossed out.

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Jack Brady enters the room where his dad is being massaged, and asks a question about his fantasy team. Tom responds by asking his son for a kiss in return.

“Oh, hello. I was wondering if I could check my fantasy team,” Jack asks.

“What do I get?” Brady replies.

Jack then kisses his father on the lips, but Tom isn’t satisfied and asks for another one.

“That was like a peck,” Tom says.

Jack is Tom’s eldest son from a previous relationship with actress Bridget Moynahan. He has two other children, Benjamin, 8, and Vivian, 5, with model Gisele Bündchen.

The quarterback, who is seeking his sixth NFL title with the Patriots at Super Bowl LII on Sunday, received a lot of negative feedback on social media for the video.

Maybe Brady just likes kissing members of his family.

Prior to last year’s Super Bowl, Brady took a moment to share a tribute to his mother who was too ill to attend any of his games this season but made the trek out Houston for the big game.

In the sweet photo, Brady is posed with his mother, Galynn Brady, who received kisses on both cheeks from her son, Tom Brady, and her husband, Tom Brady Sr.

“Sandwich kiss for Mom at Picture Day!!! Go Pats!!!!” he captioned the photo on Instagram.

Patriots' Rob Gronkowski cleared to play in Super Bowl

New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski has been cleared from the NFL's concussion protocol, allowing him to play in Super Bowl LII on Sunday.

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The league announced the update to Gronkowski's status just before 4 p.m. Thursday.

Speaking to reporters Tuesday night after an event promoting the Madden 18 video game, Gronk told reporters he would play in the Super Bowl.

He confirmed that on Thursday, telling reporters in Minneapolis that he was “ready to roll.”

“I officially got the word today that I was cleared, so it is super nice to hear from the doctors going through the whole process,” Gronkowski said.

Jacksonville Jaguars safety Barry Church has reportedly been fined more than $24,000 for the hit, which took the Patriots tight end out just before halftime.

“It’s football,” Gronkowski said Thursday when asked about the hit. “It is what it is. It’s a split-second to make a decision.

“It’s running full speed one way -- I’m going the other way. It’s just part of the game. It happens, and (you have) just got to move on.”

Tom Brady does not want radio announcer fired

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady does not want the sports radio host who made uncomplimentary remarks about his 5-year-old daughter fired, ESPN reported.

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“We all have careers and make mistakes,” Brady said during Super Bowl LII Opening Night. “I’d hate for someone to have to change their life over something like that. That was certainly not what he intended.

“I certainly hope the guy isn’t fired.”

While discussing the opening scenes of a documentary about Brady called “Tom vs. Time,” Thursday night, Alex Reimer referred to Brady’s daughter Vivian as “annoying,” followed by an uncomplimentary phrase.

Brady’s fans and radio station WEEI condemned the remark on Twitter, but it went mostly unaddressed by the station until Monday morning. 

When Brady joined the “Kirk & Callahan Show” for his weekly segment on the air, he cut his interview short and said he was disappointed to hear about the remark. 

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“I just thought it was not very appropriate,” Brady said Monday night. “Look, I think we all go through our life and sometimes we say things we shouldn't say or make mistakes, and that happens. I can express it and you move on.”

Last week, Entercom, which is WEEI’s parent company, announced a multiyear partnership extension with the Patriots, ESPN reported.

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WEEI and Entercom issued a statement on Monday, saying “We are disappointed and embarrassed by Alex Reimer's on-air comments made last Thursday evening. His remarks were utterly indefensible, and mean-spirited commentary directed in any way at children is wholly inappropriate. Mr. Reimer remains suspended indefinitely from all WEEI platforms.”

Brady said Monday night that he expected criticism about his play, but added that making derogatory comments about his family crossed the line.

“I just know everybody is real protective of their kids,” Brady said Monday night. “I never stayed away from criticism. I understand that criticism is part of sports. But I certainly don't think that my children or anybody else's children deserve to be in that. And that's what I said.”

Minnesota man gives Super Bowl tickets to Eagles fan who is cancer survivor 

One Minnesota man could not stomach watching the Philadelphia Eagles play in the Super Bowl, even though he had won tickets to the game in the NFL raffle. However, he gave his tickets to someone who was thrilled for the chance to see the game in Minneapolis -- a teenage Eagles fan who has battled cancer since he was 3, WCCO reported. 

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Cole Fitzgerald, 13, got the good news Monday. The tickets were delivered to him in Philadelphia by Spare Key, an organization that helps families in crisis with ill children.

The tickets were donated by a man from Eden Prairie, Minnesota.

“The person who won the tickets from the raffle said, ‘I’m a die-hard Vikings fan. There’s no way I can go to the Super Bowl,” Spare Key director of development Mary Serie told WCCO.

When the Vikings lost 38-7 in the NFC Championship game to the Eagles, the man called Spare Key to donate his tickets to Cole, since he read an online story about the boy managing his junior high school football team, WCCO reported.

“That’s when he found Cole,” Serie said.

The youth, who lives in Philadelphia, is an eighth-grade cancer survivor who battled neuroblastoma since he was 3. Serie flew out to Philadelphia over the weekend with the tickets, WCCO reported.

“I want to thank the fan,” Cole said. “Sorry for your season. Good luck next year.”

If Eagles win Super Bowl, Chris Long won't accept White House invitation 

If the Philadelphia Eagles beat the New England Patriots on Sunday in the Super Bowl, it’s customary for the team to make a trip to the White House. Chris Long, an outspoken NFL player not afraid to share his political viewpoints, will not be going on any such trip if it is ever proposed.

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Long, who won the Super Bowl last season with the Patriots, was asked by Pardon My Take about whether or not he would go on the trip. He responded in kind:

“No, I’m not going to the White House,” Long said. “Are you kidding me?”

Last year, Long also didn’t make the trip to the White House, and provided an explanation.

“My son grows up, and I believe the legacy of our president is going to be what it is,” Long said. “I don’t want him to say, ‘Hey dad, why’d you go (to the White House) when you knew the right thing was to not go?’”

It is worth noting, given the battle of optics between some NFL players and the 45th president, there could be -- at least in theory -- a chance a Super Bowl-winning team that isn’t fully embracing a certain type of politics might not be invited to the White House at all.

Thirty-four players attended the White House to meet with President Donald Trump after last year’s Super Bowl. While similar to the number George W. Bush received while in office, it was slightly down from when Barack Obama was president.

Of note, since they were the first NFL franchise to visit a Trump White House, Patriots owner Robert Kraft is a supporter, of the president, having donated $1 million to Trump’s inaugural celebrations.

Anyway, politics are always a touchy subject for people who prefer everyone to just stick to sports. That being said, fully expect more players to make their intentions be known, if not prior to the Super Bowl, then after it.

Tom Brady reportedly cuts short radio interview over remark about daughter

Tom Brady is reportedly re-evaluating his association with Boston sports radio station WEEI after a host on the station made a disparaging remark about his daughter last week. 

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In a Friday night show, host Alex Reimer made the remark while discussing the Facebook Tom vs. Time docu-series. While talking about the show, Reimer called Brady’s 5-year-old “an annoying little [expletive]” during her time in the opening of the first episode. 

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Fans of Brady and the station condemned the remark on Twitter, but it apparently went mostly unaddressed by the station until Monday morning. 

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When Brady joined the Kirk and Callahan show for his weekly segment on the air, he reportedly cut his interview short and said he was disappointed to hear the news of the remark. 

He also apparently said he is now reconsidering appearing on the show again

Brady recently signed a new contract with the show to make the appearances, and a host on Monday morning’s show said the station is "scrambling" to address the situation. 

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Tom Brady reportedly has stitches removed from hand

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady reportedly had his stitches removed from his injured throwing hand. This news came by way of Ian Rapoport:

Heading into the AFC Championship Game, speculation ran rampant after Brady injured his hand during a New England practice. Following the initial report that stated he did need stitches, one of the best gunslingers in the history of the sport decided to wear a glove to help conceal what most presumed to be a hideous injury.

He, in fact, did need stitches.

This is a pretty huge development for the Patriots, as it appears Brady will play in the Super Bowl at near full health.

It has been an interesting few weeks for the quarterback. Not only has a documentary called “Tom vs Time” debuted, but a nation found out that he will be the oldest non-kicker to play in a Super Bowl. He’s going to break a Super Bowl record previously held by San Francisco great Jerry Rice.

When Rice played in Super Bowl XXXVII for the Raiders he was 40 years and 105 days old while Brady will be 40 years and 185 days old. This is of course a record for non-kickers as just last year Atlanta’s Matt Bryant was 41 and Matt Stover was 42 when he kicked for the Colts in Super Bowl XLIV.

As neat a story, Gisele Bündchen reportedly tried to convince Tom Brady to retire.

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Anyway, at least Brady’s hand appears to be solid.

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