There seems to be no love lost between Tom Brady Sr. and his son’s former coach.
Speaking with Tom E. Curran of NBC Sports Boston, Brady Sr. said the Patriots wanted Tom Brady out of New England when his contract expired. When asked if he felt any vindication about his son’s performance since leaving the Patriots, Brady Sr. replied, “Damn.”
“My feeling is that Tommy is extraordinarily grateful for everything that happened during his New England career and he is more than happy that he moved on because it was quite obvious that the Patriots regime felt it was time for him to move on.” said the old man. Brady said. “And frankly, it might as well have been perfect for [Bill] Belichick to leave him behind. On the other hand, I think the Tampa Bay Bucs are very happy that the decision was made in Foxborough that they didn’t want to pay him or didn’t want to keep him when his last contract came up. “
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When Brady’s contract ended at the end of the 2019 season, he announced that he would not return to the Patriots, and just three days after it officially expired, he signed a deal with the Buccaneers to be their new starting quarterback. Brady, of course, found success immediately, passing for 40 touchdowns during the regular season and posting his fourth straight season with at least 4,000 passing yards.
Tampa Bay went to the Super Bowl and beat the Chiefs for just the second franchise title, while Brady collected his seventh individual ring. The Patriots were 7-9 and finished third in the AFC East in the team’s worst season since Belichick’s first year in New England in 2000, when the team went 5-11 and finished fifth.
“Belichick wanted him out the door, and last year he threw 56 touchdowns. I think it’s a pretty good year,” said Brady Sr.
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Brady Sr. will make the trip from his home in San Mateo, California, in Week 4 when Brady makes his first appearance at Gillette Stadium since he left.
Brady Sr. said it will be a nostalgic trip back to the city that Brady called home for 20 years.
“The fans hugged Tommy and the city hugged Tommy and the team hugged Tommy for a while. So when he returns home, it will be my real pleasure that he has spent 20 years making his mark in Boston,” said Brady Sr. ” We owe a lot to the Patriots and a lot to Boston. As in all stages of life, things move on. Our children grow up, our children move on, they move from home, they go elsewhere and that’s how it is for Tommy right now, where he moved to another place and wherever he is, we support our children. Tommy is no different than the rest of us. “
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However, don’t expect to see Brady Sr. donning any Patriots outfit while you’re there. He told NBC Sports that while he might have a plaque that says “Six Super Bowls,” the rest of the Patriots paraphernalia was given away.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.