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Four-time Super Bowl-winning executive Bobby Beathard has died. He was 86. Beathard was director of player personnel for two of the NFL championships by Miami in the 1970s and served as general manager for two more by Washington in the '80s. He also scouted for Kansas City when the Chiefs won the AFL and made the Super Bowl in the 1960s and was GM with San Diego when the Chargers got there in the ’90s. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2018.

In a perfect world, Tom Brady's would've stuck with retirement. He certainly did nothing to enhance his legacy by returning for another season. And, of course, we'll never know if that regrettable decision also cost him his marriage. But Brady's farewell year will quickly fade from our collective memories, overwhelmed by the enormity of his accomplishments over an unprecedented career. The seven Super Bowl titles. The three MV)P awards. The five Super Bowl MVP awards. The unquestioned legacy as the greatest quarterback there ever was. And Brady being Brady, even his final season with Tampa Bay was hardly an embarrassment.

The Kansas City Chiefs are playing in the Super Bowl largely because they refused to give up on anyone, including players that few but their most-passionate fans know about. That includes Skyy Moore, their fumble-prone rookie punt returner, whose return last Sunday night set up the winning field goal in the AFC title game. 

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It’s only fitting that the top two quarterbacks in the regular season based on All-Pro voting are the last two quarterbacks standing in the NFL this season. First-team All-Pro quarterback Patrick Mahomes will take his Kansas City Chiefs into the Super Bowl against second-team All-Pro Jalen Hurts and the Philadelphia Eagles.

Tom Brady has announced his retirement. Brady won a record seven Super Bowls for New England and Tampa. He is the most successful quarterback in NFL history and one of the greatest athletes in team sports. He posted the announcement on social media in a brief video lasting just under one minute. He says this time it's for good.

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