TAMPA, Fla. – Tom Brady acknowledged that he will feel “different emotions” when he returns to Gillette Stadium, in the Tampa Bay Buccaneers jersey, for the first time since leaving the New England Patriots.
Brady, who will face the Patriots for the first time next Sunday night, with whom he spent 20 seasons and won six Super Bowls, also noted that in New England he had “some of the best experiences in my life.”
“I know that dressing room, the local dressing room, I know the tunnel, I know which way the wind blows. I know all about that place, “Brady told Jim Gray on their podcast” Let’s Go! ” on SiriusXM. “I know what it smells like, what a night game is like, what the fans are going to sound like, so somehow that will be really unique. I have never had that experience. It will be my first time on the other bench.
“I will not necessarily remember. This is not the time for that. I will have a chance to remember my career. Now I don’t care about any of that, because I’m immersed in the moment. I’m not going to think about 20 years of history. I’ll be thinking about that night, a Sunday night after a really tough loss, “he added.
The Buccaneers fell 34-24 to the Los Angeles Rams, their first loss since Nov. 29, 2020, and which snapped a 10-game winning streak.
Meanwhile, the Patriots, behind rookie quarterback Mac Jones, are coming off a 28-13 home loss to the New Orleans Saints.
Brady said he understands if the fans who supported him for 20 years won’t do so this weekend and that it doesn’t bother him. He stressed that he expects both teams to “fight to the limit for victory.”
“I wouldn’t expect that, a homecoming. (People) go to the stadium to support their team and their team is the Patriots. They are going to support their team and that is what I hope and if they know me, they know that I will try to win a game and they will respect that of me, “said Brady, who added that he will have several family and friends in the stands and who have asked him. tickets for this duel for months.
“One thing I learned from the Patriots is that (Bill) Belichick would say, ‘Look, if they love football, then Sunday night at Gillette Stadium is the place to be,’” Brady noted. .
Much has been made of the relationship, and possible friction, between Brady and Belichick. Last week, Brady’s longtime physical trainer Alex Guerrero told the Boston Herald that he did not believe the coach’s treatment of Brady had evolved over the years and that the famed head coach continued his treatment. to the passer as if Brady was 20 and not 40.
However, on the podcast with Gray, Brady called Belichick a “great mentor.”
“Well, I’ve been there for 20 years and he’s obviously a great mentor to me and yes, there are definitely great lessons I learned from him,” said Brady of Belichick. “He is a great coach and he does a great job with his team and I think all players expect all coaches to give them everything they have. I’m sure that every great coach wants every player to give them everything they have and that is what makes a great relationship ”.