On Thursday, officially, we could put an end to the case of Tom Brady’s missing Super Bowl jersey (but don’t stop brainstorming that Mauricio Ortega documentary, that thing will be gold). The FBI posted a picture of Brady’s jerseys from Super Bowls XLIX and LI back at Gillette Stadium, alongside the Patriots’ five Lombardi Trophies.
For a bonus episode, I sat down for a conversation with Roger Goodell at the NFL offices on Park Avenue in advance of the NFL owners meetings beginning Saturday in Phoenix. Goodell talked about the length of games, admitting that it also drives him crazy. Goodell talked about a new proposal to make overtime periods just 10 minutes, instead of 15, and how that will help player health and safety and introduce more strategy to the game.
A rule that Washington is proposing to NFL owners at their upcoming meetings, however, suggests that the Redskins want Hopkins and other strong-legged kickers to become even more of an asset than they already are. In addition, the rule would also breathe some much needed intrigue into kickoffs, which have been reduced to the second-best time to grab another beer behind a commercial break. The proposal is this: If a kicker splits the uprights with his kickoff, then the other team's offense will take the field at the 20-yard line.