New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady said Thursday night the scandal surrounding his use of deflated footballs during the NFL playoffs last season hasn't detracted in any way from his Super Bowl title.
"Absolutely not," Brady told a friendly university crowd in his first public appearance since an NFL investigation concluded Brady likely knew Patriots employees were cheating.
"We earned everything we got and achieved as a team, and I am proud of that and so are our fans," he said.
Brady declined to discuss his thoughts about the 243-page report that said he was likely at least aware two team employees were breaking rules by deflating footballs for him.
"I don't really have any reaction. It has only been 30 hours, I've not had much time to digest it," Brady said. "When I do I will be sure to let you know how I feel about it. And everybody else."
Dallas signs ex-LSU lineman
Former LSU offensive lineman La'el Collins paused to keep control of his emotions at a news conference to announce his signing with the Dallas Cowboys as an undrafted free agent.
Collins was a projected first-round pick who didn't get selected because his name surfaced in the investigation of the shooting death of a pregnant woman, Brittney Mills, that he knew in his hometown of Baton Rouge, La..
After he went undrafted, Collins met with police, who say he has answered all of their questions.
"I never once was bitter," Collins said. "I could have easily been mad at the world, taken it out on anybody. I never dropped my head. I knew what I stand for. I know the person that I am."
• Nine-time Pro Bowl safety Ed Reed formally announced his retirement after signing one final contract with the Ravens, who drafted him 24th overall in 2002. "This is where it started," Reed said. "I knew this is where it was going to end, because I never intended to leave this organization once I came here."
•Titans linebacker Kamerion Wimbley wants to spend more time with his family and has decided to retire from the NFL after nine seasons. The 6-4, 258-pound Wimbley was a first-round draft pick by Cleveland in 2006 at No. 13 overall, played four seasons with the Browns before being traded to Oakland in 2010 and signed with the Titans in 2012 after the Raiders released him.
•The Raiders signed rookie receiver Amari Cooper, the No. 4 overall pick out of Alabama.