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FOXBORO, MA - DECEMBER 04:  Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots stands on the field before the game against the Los Angeles Rams at Gillette Stadium on December 4, 2016 in Foxboro, Massachusetts.
Tom Brady is writing the 'athletes bible'

Tom Brady is sharing some of his secrets to success. The five-time Super Bowl champion quarterback is writing a book. Simon & Schuster is publishing the project which is set to be released in September 2017. “The TB12 Method: How to Achieve a Lifetime of Sustained Peak Performance” is being billed as an “Athlete's bible” by the publishing company.

Michael and Martellus Bennett honored at the BET Awards for philanthropic work

With a break in the NFL calendar, Martellus and Michael Bennett aren’t spending the summer laying around. The Bennett brothers were honored with the “Shine A Light Award” at the 2017 BET Awards. ESPN’s Cari Champion presented Martellus and Michael with the award for their philanthropic work. Michael, a defensive end with the Seahawks, pledged the money from his 2017 endorsement deals to charities that help rebuild minority communities and help women of color. The Seattle star also founded The Bennett Foundation, which works to fight obesity, specifically among children. Martellus, the younger of the two brothers plans to donate all the money he makes from his jersey sales in 2017 to after school programs. The Packers tight end runs his own company, The Imagination Agency, that encourages exploration of the arts by children. As a part of the award, My Black is Beautiful will donate $10,000 on the Bennett’s behalf to the Black Girls Code organization.

Martellus Bennett ranks his favorite NFL quarterbacks to play with

Green Bay Packers tight end Martellus Bennett has been fortunate to play with some of the best quarterbacks in the NFL. Between the five franchises that Bennett has played for, he has caught touchdown passes from five Pro Bowl quarterbacks, including three Super Bowl champions. Over the course of his nine-year NFL career, Bennett has played with Tony Romo, Eli Manning, Jay Cutler, Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers. Bennett won a Super Bowl with Brady and the Patriots in 2017. Bennett signed with the Packers during the offseason saying it was part of his strategy to play with another future Hall of Fame quarterback, Aaron Rodgers. During an interview on "NFL Total Access," Bennett ranked the five franchise quarterbacks that he has played with. 5. Tony Romo 4. Eli Manning 3. Jay Cutler 2. Tom Brady 1. Aaron Rodgers A few surprising takeaways from the list. Winning a Super Bowl with the Patriots in 2017 wasn’t enough to put Brady atop Bennett’s list, but he had nothing but praise for him. Bennett Even though Bennett had his best seasons playing with Cutler in Chicago, the veteran tight end didn’t have nice things to say about Cutler when he left in 2016. Bennett in 2016 Looking ahead to the 2017-18 NFL season, Bennett could have a bright future playing with Rodgers, who threw 40 touchdown passes in 2016. Bennett’s confidence in Rodgers is premature since he has yet to play a single down in Green Bay. Bennett

Former NFL player brings jiujitsu to the offensive line

Former New York Giants offensive lineman Scott Peters is combining jiujitsu and football in hopes of helping players avoid concussions. Jiujitsu teaches grappling and hand-fighting in close quarters, similar to the line of scrimmage. Peters is proving that players can use technique and skill to get the job done without bashing their head into another player. “If you’re missing the skillset, you’re just asking for more injuries. That equates to bigger impact and more catastrophic injury. That’s why you see more players being carted off the field than ever.” - Scott Peters The 300-pound lineman was first introduced to jiujitsu while still in the league and was astonished when much older and smaller men dominated him on the mat. Peters started bringing jiujitsu practices into his game. Then he started teaching younger players to do the same. Since retiring, Peters has worked with players from high school up to the pros, getting them to use leverage rather than brute force. “I’m trying to prove a theory that skill trumps size and strength.” - Scott Peters Peters’ company, Safe Football, includes eight former NFL players. After his training, coaches and players have noticed a significant improvement in technique, Peters said.

Mets promote Tim Tebow despite underwhelming numbers

Tim Tebow isn’t exactly tearing the cover off the ball in his first season in the Mets organization. In 64 games with the low Class A Columbia Fireflies, the Former NFL QB batted .222 with three home runs and 23 RBI. Despite Tebow’s underwhelming stats, the Mets promoted him to high Class A St. Lucie of the Florida State League, leaving some wondering if the move was motivated by marketing. With seven errors to only 50 putouts, Tebow’s fielding has been worse than his hitting, but his impact on ticket sales is indisputable. According to ESPN, the average attendance this season for the Florida State League is 1,404. Meanwhile, none of Tebow’s 64 games with Columbia drew less than 2,645 fans. Mets GM Sandy Alderson admitted Tebow’s numbers are below average but said he’s pleased with the former Heisman winner’s first half of the season. “I wouldn’t say he’s excelled there, but I would say what he’s done there, given all the circumstances, justifies the promotion to St. Lucie.”

Minnesota Vikings receiver Michael Floyd sentenced to one day in jail

A Scottsdale, Arizona, judge found Minnesota Vikings receiver Michael Floyd in violation of the terms of his house arrest by testing positive for alcohol. Floyd was initially arrested in Scottsdale in December for DUI when he was found asleep at the wheel of his car. Floyd, then a member of the Arizona Cardinals, had a blood alcohol level of .217. In February, Floyd was sentenced to 24 days in jail and 96 days under house arrest while avoiding alcohol, which he violated in June, the 90th day of his house arrest. Floyd was sentenced to one day in jail for the house arrest violation, which he claimed was the result of drinking too much kombucha. Kombucha tea is a fermented drink made with tea, sugar, bacteria and yeast. The Vikings’ ownership and front office supported Floyd’s kombucha claim because the team offers the tea “on tap” at the team facilities. After signing with the Vikings in May, Floyd was given permission by the court to serve his house arrest in Minnesota so he could attend offseason workouts with the Vikings. Vikings chief operating officer Kevin Warren wrote a letter that was attached to a defense motion filed by Floyd’s attorney to cancel the court hearing. Vikings chief operating officer Kevin Warren After the court’s ruling, the Vikings front office stood by Floyd and offered support for the 27-year-old receiver.

Aaron Rodgers defeated Erin Andrews in ‘The $100,000 Pyramid’

Aaron Rodgers is not only a Super Bowl champion but also a champion when it comes to game shows. Just check out the latest episode of ABC’s “The $100,000 Pyramid.” The Green Bay Packers quarterback helped Brooke Snell of California win the $100,000 grand prize and defeat Fox Sports reporter Erin Andrews. The $100,000 clue was “Terry Bradshaw,” and Rodgers correctly guessed the phrase, “People That Are Bald.” The win didn’t come easy for Rodgers. Andrews was trash-talking the Packers quarterback the entire episode. The “Dancing with the Stars” co-host referenced the Packers’ 44-21 loss to the Atlanta Falcons in January’s NFC Championship Game as well as his struggles playing in cold weather. In the end, Rodgers got the last laugh and tweeted after the show to rub the victory in Andrews’ face. Rodgers is now 3-0 in game shows, winning $50,000 for charity on “Celebrity Jeopardy” and winning on ABC’s “Big Fan.”

Heart condition jeopardizes Nick Fairley's career

The New Orleans Saints have put veteran defensive tackle Nick Fairley on the non-football injury list for the entire 2017 season. In March, Fairley signed a four-year deal worth $28 million with the Saints, but a physical revealed a heart abnormality. After seeking the opinions of three different heart specialists, the Saints decided it would be best if the 29-year-old sat out this season. "We'll weigh all of those things. We'll meet with him and his agent, and kind of weigh the three different opinions.”—Saints coach Sean Payton, two weeks before the decision One of the doctors recommended that Fairley quit playing football. At the NFL Combine in 2011, NFL doctors discovered that the former Auburn star had an enlarged heart, but it has not been an issue until now. The 29-year-old was coming off his best season with 43 tackles and 6.5 sacks in 16 starts.

NFL makes changes to broadcast to avoid another ratings hit

The NFL took an 8% hit in ratings last year and is doing everything possible to make sure that doesn’t happen again. The dip has been blamed on everything from the presidential election to millennials. Whatever the reason, the league doesn’t think it has anything to do with the on-field play. Instead, they are working on ways to better package the game for their audience. Using eye-tracking technology to learn how fans watch games, the NFL came up with changes to help tighten up the pace of play. While viewers don’t seem to take issue with the overall length of a game, the constant breaks are problematic. The league is taking steps to limit the amount of commercial breaks. “[Fans] want a pace of play that doesn’t involve us chopping things up. You’re going to see, next [season] really working hard to tighten up that game presentation.” - Tod Leiweke, NFL Chief Operating Officer Leiweke’s example of a choppy broadcast was the use of commercial breaks after an extra point and then again after the ensuing kickoff. In exchange for fewer breaks in the game, individual commercial breaks will be extended 30 seconds each, something Leiweke said fans don’t mind. There will be other changes in commercial breaks, including using a double box. This will show the field in one box with a commercial playing in the other. The NFL will continue to stream games for viewers who prefer that over a traditional broadcast. Amazon paid $50 million for the rights to stream 10 Thursday night games. All of the changes come with an eye on the future, even beyond millennials. “There is another generation of fans coming, and they are different. And they have been brought up in a different world that is moving at a very, very rapid pace. And great organizations are going to have the ability to move swiftly and make decisions.” - Tod Leiweke.