Morning sports update: Deion Branch wasn’t happy about being left off the Patriots’ All-Dynasty team

Branch, Super Bowl XXXIX MVP, didn't even warrant an honorable mention.

Deion Branch Super Bowl MVP
Deion Branch after winning Super Bowl MVP in 2005. Barry Chin/Globe staff

Tonight, the Revolution face Nashville SC at 8:30 p.m. in a critical regular-season game as both teams jockey for playoff position in the Eastern Conference.

And the World Series resumes, with the Dodgers and Rays getting underway at 8:08 p.m. The series is currently tied 1-1.

On Sunday, the Patriots face the 49ers at 4:25 p.m.

Deion Branch’s reaction: The Patriots announced an “All-Dynasty Team” earlier this week, assembling a roster of the best players from the team’s remarkable run over the last 20 years.

While many of the choices for the roster were obvious, apparently some were not. Namely, the wide receiver position presented one glaring omission: Deion Branch.


A second-round pick in 2002, Branch became a go-to target for Tom Brady, and the rapport that the two developed become instrumental in clutch situations. Though Branch never eclipsed 1,000 receiving yards in a regular season, he notched some of the team’s biggest players over multiple Super Bowl runs.

In Super Bowl XXXVIII, Branch caught 10 passes for 143 yards and a touchdown. He also made the pivotal catch to get New England in field goal range for Adam Vinatieri’s winning kick.

A year later, Branch tied Jerry Rice’s then-record for Super Bowl catches in a single game with 11, totaling 133 yards as the Patriots won back-to-back titles. For his efforts, Branch won Super Bowl XXXIX MVP.


Yet Branch was left off the team’s dynasty roster, a decision that Branch had predictable reaction to on Twitter:

Trivia: What former NFL player, originally selected by the Patriots in the first round of the 1975 NFL draft, went on to win a Super Bowl with the 49ers in 1984?

(Answer at the bottom).

Hint: He retired from the NFL after the 1980 season, but was talked into playing again before his trade to San Francisco in 1982.

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