NFL: Tom Brady’s last attempt at Super Bowl redemption lasted less than 15 minutes.
The New England Patriots’ quarterback was injured in the first quarter of the 2008 regular-season opener, seven months after the New York Giants beat New England in the Super Bowl. Now that he’s trying to shake the memory of another Super Bowl loss to the Giants, Brady is using that season as a lesson.
“I think one thing that my injury taught me a few years ago was how fragile this game is, and to be able to take the field every week is really a blessing,” Brady (pictured above) told reporters on Thursday.
Losing the Super Bowl “is part of learning as a player,” Brady said.
Asked if he looks at things differently at 35 than he did at 25, Brady responded, a little too seriously: “I’m not 35.”
He turns 35 in August.
Huskies report rules violation
College football: Washington reported a secondary NCAA rules violation involving assistant football coach Tosh Lupoi and confirmed sanctions imposed on Lupoi by the school.
A spokesman for the Huskies’ athletic department confirmed the violation. It occurred when Lupoi publicized the visit of a football recruit to Washington’s student fan section during a men’s basketball game. The recruit did not commit to UW.
UCLA schedule honors Wooden
Men’s basketball: UCLA will play its first basketball game in the renovated Pauley Pavilion against Indiana State on Nov. 9 in a nod to the roots of late Bruins coaching great John Wooden.
Indiana State was the only other university where Wooden served as a head coach. Wooden, a native of Martinsville, Ind., died in 2010 at 99.