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News Blitz 7/11: Tom Brady in a Ken Griffey Jr. jersey?

Today's News Blitz passes on a fun story looking back on Tom Brady's high school decision to choose college football over the draw of Major League Baseball.

After 17-plus years in New England and seemingly endless media coverage it's not too often that a story reveals something about Tom Brady that's newsworthy.

But this week Sports Illustrated's site had an interesting tale of a teenage Brady visiting with Major League Baseball players as the then-high school catcher figured out how his athletic career was going to unfold.

The MMQB story details how Brady "borrowed" Ken Griffey Jr.'s jersey out of the future Hall of Famer's locker on a visit to the Mariners and explains just how hard the Montreal Expos tried to convince the quarterback to sign with the team that drafted him in the 18th-round of the MLB Draft.

“If I could’ve signed this guy, I would’ve changed the entire history of the NFL,” Expos scout John Hughes said. "The NFL would've never been the same. Who would've known?"

In more timely Patriots news, continues its pre-training camp series of positional breakdowns with a look at the offensive line, where the focus this summer will be on battles for backup roles.

ESPN's AFC East bloggers offer up rising stars in the division, with New England defensive end Trey Flowers getting a vote. continues its series of the 20 most important Patriots for 2017, with kicker Stephen Gostkowski coming in at No. 11. ranks the eight NFL divisions based on the teams' quarterbacks, with the AFC East coming in at No. 5 in large part due to Brady’s prowess.

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