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January 2019

The Wolverine: Covering University of Michigan Football and Sports

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62 THE WOLVERINE JANUARY 2019 BY AUSTIN FOX N ew England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady has obviously accom- plished plenty during his NFL tenure — he has won five Super Bowls, was named the MVP in four of them and has taken home the regular season's Most Valuable Player award three times. In a 24-10 win over the Minnesota Vikings Dec. 2, Brady set another mile- stone — 1,000 career rushing yards. It took him just shy of 19 full seasons (2000 was his rookie campaign) and 265 games to reach that level. "The only reason I've been playing 19 years is to get those 1,000 yards," he said on Instagram. "That's it — I'm out. Time to ride off into the sunset." The social media post was obvi- ously in good fun, but Brady also made a few genuine comments about the achievement as well. "It's just playing a lot of football," he said. "And obviously, I'm not a scrambler, but hopefully I can make a couple plays [with my feet]. I just give a lot of credit to the offensive line because they blocked their tails off today against a good front. "I don't want to make too much of the four- or five-yard gain [that the 1,000 yards occurred on], because it wasn't really a difference in the game." The NFL JOURDAN LEWIS CLINCHES BIG WIN FOR DALLAS With Dallas leading New Orleans 13-10 and just 2:16 remaining in the Nov. 29 affair, Saints quarterback Drew Brees took a shotgun snap from his own 20-yard line, attempt- ing to lead his team on a potential game-winning drive. He tossed a poorly thrown ball to- ward the right side line in hopes of hitting running back Alvin Kamara, but instead saw Cowboys cornerback Jourdan Lewis make a diving intercep- tion at the 22-yard line, sealing a huge Dallas victory over the 10-1 Saints. The pick was the second of Lewis' two-year NFL career (first of the sea- son), but in a pro tenure that has been defined by spotty playing time, was undoubtedly the biggest play of his career. FORMER WOLVERINES ON NFL ROSTERS Through Dec. 10 • Ben Braden (Played at U-M from 2012-16), OG, New York Jets: Was pro- moted to the 4-9 Jets' 53-man roster Nov. 28, but has not seen action yet. • Tom Brady (1996-99), QB, New England Patriots: Has connected on 65.6 percent of his throws for 3,700 yards with 23 touchdowns and eight picks, while starting all 13 contests for the 9-4 Patriots … Also has two rushing scores … Tied for the sixth in the NFL in passing yards, 10th in TD passes and 19th in completion percentage. • Jake Butt (2013-16), TE, Denver Broncos: Was sidelined for the season in September after tearing his ACL dur- ing a practice … Started the first three games for Denver and notched eight catches for 85 yards. • Taco Charlton (2013-16), DE, Dal- las Cowboys: Started seven of nine games for 8-5 Dallas, missing three with a shoulder injury … Has compiled 16 tackles, one sack and a pass defended. • Jehu Chesson (2012-16), WR, Wash- ington Redskins: Appeared in nine con- tests for 6-7 Washington, but the only statistic he has logged has been a lone rushing attempt that lost four yards. • Frank Clark (2011-14), DE, Seattle Seahawks: Started all 13 games for the 8-5 Seahawks … Notched 31 tackles, 11 sacks, three forced fumbles and an interception he returned 26 yards … Tied for the 12th in the NFL in sacks and tied for 10th in forced fumbles. • Jeremy Clark (2012-16), CB, New York Jets: Promoted to 4-9 New York's 53-man roster the first time Dec. 1, but has not received playing time. • Mason Cole (2014-17), C, Arizona Cardinals: Has started all 13 outings at center for 3-10 Arizona. • Blake Countess (2011-14/finished at Auburn), CB, Los Angeles Rams: Re- ceived playing time in all 13 contests for the 11-2 Rams … Has posted six tackles, a pass defended and a 24.6-yard aver- age on 17 kick returns, and also recov- ered a blocked punt for a touchdown. • Amara Darboh (2012-16), WR, Se- attle Seahawks: Placed on the 8-5 Se- ahawks' injured reserve list after undergo- ing successful shoulder surgery Sept. 4. • Devin Funchess (2012-14), WR, Carolina Panthers: Has earned the starting nod in all 12 contests he has played in (missed one with a back in- jury) for 6-7 Carolina … Hauled in 42 re- ceptions for 526 yards and four scores. • Ben Gedeon (2013-16), LB, Min- nesota Vikings: Started four of the 11 games he has competed in for the 6-6-1 Vikings … Recorded 25 tackles and one pass defended. • Graham Glasgow (2011-15), OG, Detroit Lions: Earned the starting nod at center in all 13 contests for 5-8 Detroit. • Ryan Glasgow (2012-16), DT, Cin- cinnati Bengals: Sidelined for the sea- son after tearing his ACL Sept. 23 … Finished the 2018 campaign with three appearances (no starts) and 11 tackles for the 5-8 Bengals. • Brandon Graham (2006-09), DE, Philadelphia Eagles: Started each of 6-7 Philadelphia's 13 contests … Reg- istered 36 tackles, four sacks, a pass de- fended and a forced fumble. Brady reached 1,000 career rushing yards while helping New England defeat Minnesota 24‑10 Dec. 2. PHOTO BY DAVID SILVERMAN/NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS MICHIGAN IN THE PROS Tom Brady Hits Yet Another Milestone, Albeit A Very Unlikely One

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