Brandon Spikes was down, in actual tears, over what he felt was a Pro Bowl snub. Patriots teammates were trying to console the middle linebacker.

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Tom Brady walked by and basically laughed at anyone being upset by missing out on the all-star game.

“’Hey B, get it together,’” Brady told him, Spikes recalled in an interview with Sports Illustrated’s MMQB. “’Get your head up. We’re trying to win rings. That’s what it is here.’

“That’s where I knew what kind of environment I was in, how blessed I was.”

Spikes played for the Patriots from 2010-13 and again in 2015. He narrowly missed out on the Pro Bowl in 2012, though he did play in a Super Bowl with New England. Brady, meanwhile, has been named to the Pro Bowl 14 times, but by the sounds of it, it means as much to him as qualifying for the playoffs. All he wants are championship rings.

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