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Patriots Football Daily: Drake Maye Becomes a Best Buddy



New England Patriots quarterback Drake Maye works with young athletes during an NFL Football Play Football Prospect Clinic with Special Olympics athletes, Wednesday, April 24, 2024 in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

Drake Maye has some huge shoes to fill. Tom Brady held a position for over 15 years that Maye has been tapped to fill. Brady handled the position with class and compassion. But this is not about Brady’s work as quarterback of the New England Patriots. It is about Brady’s role with Best Buddies.

The nonprofit organization announced that Drake Maye will serve as their honorary chairman for the Best Buddies Challenge: Hyannis Port. It is a role Brady held while he was with the Patriots. The legendary quarterback remains a Best Buddies Global Ambassador. Tom Brady has helped fundraise over $100 million for the organization.

Best Buddies International is a nonprofit organization “dedicated to creating opportunities for friendship, employment, leadership development and inclusive living for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD).”

While Drake Maye is new to the NFL, he’s not used to charitable work. During college, Maye worked with the Ronald McDonald House and TABLE. He joined other draft prospects playing football with Special Olympics Michigan athletes before the NFL Draft. Partnering with Best Buddies before the Patriots’ rookie minicamp begins, is a great indication Maye will continue giving back to the community.

If any readers want to assist Drake Maye’s charitable endeavors, join Team Drake Maye for the Best Buddies Challenge: Hyannis Port.

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Football Fun Fact of the Day

The New England Patriots have had several second-generation NFL players on their team. They have only had one third-generation player: Ted Karras.

Karras played 77 games and won two Super Bowls with New England from 2016 to 2021. His father Ted Karras Jr. played one game for Washington in 1987. His grandfather, Ted Karras Sr. played 108 games over nine seasons with the Steelers, Bears, Lions, and Bears. Ted Karras Sr. also had two brothers play in the NFL: Lou Karras and Hall of Famer Alex Karras.

Post of the Day

Today’s post comes from Mike Giardi, showcasing Ted Karras, then with the New England Patriots, with a rare blocking feat:

Award-winning blogger, Dan's work has also been featured on Fox Sports, Boston Metro, Barstool Sports,, and many other outlets.

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