Giddy fans of the Super Bowl champion New England Patriots chanted "Brady! Brady!" and clambered atop massive snowbanks for better views as players danced and waved their way through Boston in a Wednesday parade celebrating their fourth NFL title.
Well-wishers blew kisses, pumped their fists and screamed themselves hoarse as the team rolled through downtown aboard the World War II-style amphibious "duck boat" vehicles that have become a staple of the city's championship parades.
Some fans defied police warnings and climbed on giant piles of snow left from last week's blizzard to get a glimpse of quarterback Tom Brady, coach Bill Belichick and other players as trucks blew plumes of confetti into the air.
The crowd roared as a smiling Belichick and his players snapped selfies and took turns waving the Lombardi trophy earned in a hard-fought 28-24 victory over the defending champion Seattle Seahawks on Sunday.
A beaming Brady held his young son, Benjamin, who grinned and waved to the crowd. Later, Brady posted a video to Facebook.
"Thank you guys. Thanks for all your support. What a year it's been. Look at this!" he said panning the camera over the roaring crowd. "Let's go!"
The convoy carrying players, their wives and girlfriends, the team mascot, cheerleaders and more rolled down Boylston Street en route to City Hall, crossing the finish line of the Boston Marathon, where two bombs killed three people and wounded more than 260 others in 2013.
Fans sported No. 12 Brady jerseys, shouted the MVP's name and held "We are the CHAMPIONS" placards. One had a sign that read: "Belichick for President."
•Seattle strong safety Kam Chancellor played with a torn MCL and a bone bruise in his left knee in the Super Bowl, according to a story posted this afternoon on Seahawks.com, the team's official website. Chancellor said the injury occurred in practice two days before the game.
•Cowboys running back Joseph Randle has been arrested for the second time in less than four months, this time on suspicion of marijuana possession after a domestic violence call to police in his hometown in Kansas. It's the second arrest since October for Randle, who faced a misdemeanor shoplifting charge at a Dallas-area mall after police in the suburb of Frisco say he was accused of taking $123 worth of cologne and underwear from a department store.
•The Cardinals promoted linebackers coach James Bettcher to defensive coordinator. Bettcher, 36, fills the job vacated when Todd Bowles became head coach of the Jets.
•Police in Washington have arrested Colts linebacker D'Qwell Jackson and charged him with assault after an argument over a parking space. The report says a driver told police that Jackson punched him in the face and head during a dispute over the parking space.
•The Bears signed cornerback Al Louis-Jean to a two-year extension.