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Donald Trump says Tom Brady, Bill Belichick have endorsed him

At a rally in Manchester, New Hampshire, on Monday night, Donald Trump said he's received two down-to-the-wire endorsements: One from New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, and another from the team's coach, Bill Belichick.

"Tom Brady, great guy, great guy," Trump said. "Great guy, great friend of mine — great, great champion. Unbelievable winner. He called me today and he said, 'Donald, I support you, you're my friend, and I voted for you.'" Trump said he asked Brady if he could announce this at his rally, and Brady responded, "'If you want to say it, you can say it.' Okay? Tom, that's what a champ is all about." Trump also said he received "the most beautiful letter" from Belichick, and the coach sent him a "stronger" version to read at the rally.

Trump shared the missive, which described Trump's campaign as "tremendous" and the Republican nominee as "the ultimate competitor and fighter" who has had to deal with "an unbelievable slanted and negative media." Belichick went on to write that he has always had "tremendous respect" for Trump, Trump said, but the "toughness and perseverance you have displayed over the past year is remarkable." Brady and Belichick are two of Trump's biggest celebrity endorsements to date, coming after singer Ted Nugent, Charles in Charge actor Scott Baio, former MySpace and reality TV star Tila Tequila, and youngest Baldwin brother, Stephen Baldwin.