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Morning sports update: Roger Goodell said Tom Brady is ‘probably the greatest’ ahead of Super Bowl LV

"He’s an exceptional talent, but more importantly, he’s one of the great guys."

Brady and Goodell
Roger Goodell and Tom Brady pose with the Super Bowl MVP trophy in 2017. AP Photo/David J. Phillip

Tonight, the Bruins face the Flyers at 7 p.m., while the Celtics face the Clippers at 10 p.m.

And on Sunday at 6:30 p.m., the Buccaneers and Chiefs meet in Super Bowl LV. Kansas City is attempting to become the first team to win back-to-back Super Bowls since the 2003-2004 Patriots.

Roger Goodell on Tom Brady: Given their history with the Deflategate controversy, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell draws attention anytime he speaks about Tom Brady.

On Thursday, during his annual Super Bowl week press conference with reporters, Goodell was asked about Brady.

“Tom Brady has shown that he’s probably the greatest player to ever play this game,” said Goodell. “His ability to rise to the big occasions, and make everybody rise around him. That’s what’s absolutely incredible to me. Everyone just plays better when they’re with him. And so, he’s an exceptional talent, but more importantly, he’s one of the great guys.

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“I’ve known him for probably 15 years,” Goodell added. “He’s an extraordinary guy. He’s real, and he cares about this game, deeply. He cares about people involved with the game, so for me, I wish him well. I think he’s going to continue to be a great performer. I’m glad to hear he’s going to play a few more years.”

Trivia: According to Pro Football Reference, three defensive players started for the Patriots in both Super Bowl XXXI and Super Bowl XXXVI. Can you name all three?

(Answer at the bottom).

Hint: All of them played for multiple AFC East teams in their NFL careers.

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As it turned out — despite their predicted chances of victory falling into the single digits — New England wasn’t done.

Tom Brady, James White, and the Patriots’ offense found a rhythm. And thanks to Dont’a Hightower forcing a turnover, New England had enough possessions to complete the comeback.

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Daily highlight: BYU eventually won the point here, but the sequence is worth watching for the multiple highlight-level plays from both teams.

Trivia answer: Ty Law, Lawyer Milloy, and Otis Smith.

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