After a dominant career with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, linebacker Derrick Brooks was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2014. He still keeps a sharp eye on the league, and he talks about young linebackers who impress him. And we let him reminisce about his touchdown on an interception return against the Raiders in Super Bowl XXXVII.

Two of the all-time greats inspired Atlanta Falcons cornerback Desmond Trufant to wear No. 21. Check out who they are, who Trufant considers the toughest wide receiver to cover and more:

When the Patriots encountered the SpyGate flap early in the 2007 season, they maintained their focus to remain undefeated all the way to the Super Bowl before the Giants upset them. Saints tight end Benjamin Watson was part of that New England team and says the current DeflateGate brouhaha could serve as a similar rallying point for the Patriots in the Super Bowl against Seattle. Watson also compares and contrasts the leadership style of Tom Brady and Drew Brees.

The last time that the Patriots won the Super Bowl, the MVP of the game was not Tom Brady. The honor went to receiver Deion Branch who had 11 receptions for 133 yards in New England's 24-21 win against the Eagles. Branch played one more season with the Patriots before being traded to Seattle. He spent four-plus seasons with the Seahawks, then was traded back to New England in 2010, which gives him a unique perspective on this year's Super Bowl.

In the quest to determine whether Oakland or Los Angeles is home to the best Raiders fans, it seems only natural to consult Mr. Raider himself. Tim Brown, after all, made the move with the franchise when it left L.A. for the Bay Area. In an exclusive with ThePostGame, Brown dishes on that and how he would fare in the NFL's pass-happy modern era.

As you might have heard, actor Kevin Connolly broke his leg on the set of the upcoming Entourage movie. The scene involved Connolly and Jerry Ferrara doing some sort of athletic contest with Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, and a freak accident ensued. But you might not be aware of how Rob Gronkowski and Julian Edelman of the Patriots, who were on the set at the same time, encouraged Connolly to tough it out.

"They wanted to shoot him up something to get him to keep going," Entourage creator Doug Ellin says. "Kevin was brave enough to go another three days with a double fracture in his leg that ultimately required surgery, and he was down for about eight weeks."

Wilson, Gronkowski and Edelman are among more than 20 athletes who shot scenes for the film, which is scheduled for release next summer. Those special appearances are consistent with the show's vibe when it ran for eight seasons on HBO and featured multiple cameos from sports stars. Ellin cited episodes with Kobe Bryant, Mark Teixeira and Tom Brady as being particularly memorable.

"Getting Tom Brady to come in and save the day when Eli Manning screwed me pretty badly," Ellin says. "We were in serious trouble because Eli Manning told me he was doing it and at the last second he bailed on me."

Without giving away any plot secrets, Ellin says the movie will have more of the sensibility from the show's earlier episodes.

"Hopefully we're getting back to the roots of the early seasons, seasons one and two," he says. "It's really about these guys and friendship, and these kind of fish out of water living in L.A. and living the high life but looking out for each other."

Doug Ellin, creator of the HBO hit Entourage, is a huge Knicks fan, and he doesn't mince words about why the team has been such a disaster for more than a decade.

"Clearly it's management and ownership," Ellin says.

Since Jeff Van Gundy, who led the team to an appearance in the 1999 NBA Finals, stepped down as coach early in the 2001-02 season, the Knicks have only won a single playoff series.

But with Phil Jackson now in charge of the basketball operations and Derek Fisher in place as the new coach, Ellin is optimistic about Madison Square Garden once again hosting NBA games of consequence and significance:

Henrik Lundqvist is quite the renaissance man. He plays music. He is a style icon. He just launched his own foundation. And his goaltending was a huge reason why the Rangers advanced to the Stanley Cup Final for the first time in 20 years last season.

But near the end of our conversation with him, Lundqvist revealed something that he cannot do very well.

Nate Robinson has a new book, Heart Over Height, that covers how he became a star in college football and basketball, then went on the NBA where he won the Slam Dunk Contest three times.

There are some personal insights that Nate does not reveal in the book but was happy to provide during his visit to ThePostGame Lounge. Not only does he remember his first stuffed animal, Robinson can sing the product's commercial jingle.

Book Excerpt: Robinson Proves Doubters Wrong

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As you might imagine, U.S. soccer captain Clint Dempsey is plenty busy these days. With the World Cup less than two weeks away, Dempsey has team commitments, media functions and sponsorship obligations, including one with Pepsi that involved an interactive vending machine. But Dempsey still had the time to demonstrate his rapping skills for ThePostGame and explain his underwear superstition.

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