FOXBOROUGH – To culminate what Tom brady described as a “very emotional week“, the quarterback of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers He received a visit in the dressing room from the head coach of the New England Patriots, Bill Belichick, after the triumph of the Bucs, 19-17, in the Gillette Stadium Sunday night.
Belichick Was seen entering the visiting dressing room and it was not until 20 minutes after he left, soon followed by Brady. A source said that Belichick had come over to arrange a meeting with Brady before the match.
“We have had a personal relationship for over 20 years. He drafted me here, we had many personal conversations that should remain that way. They are very private“, declared Brady.
“I would say that there is a lot of talk about our relationship. Nothing is really accurate, it definitely does not come from my personal feelings or beliefs.”
The private meeting with Belichick –which came after they had a hug in the field– was one of the final parts of the long-awaited homecoming of Brady on a rainy night in front of a noisy crowd. The 56-yard field goal attempt by the Los Angeles kicker Patriots, Nick Folk, who would have given the tie to New england With 59 seconds left, he hit the left post.
“I feel good for having won,” he said. Brady. “It was just a few emotional moments thinking about coming here and playing. I know why it has been difficult to come here and win a game all these years. This team does a great job. They make you do it. It’s a tough football environment. The fans she’s involved. I’m very happy that we won. “
After the triumph of his team, the head coach of Tampa bay, Bruce Arians, said he was “very frustrated” that “everyone wanted to do it [el Buccaneers–Patriots] upon Brady and Belichick“.
“This is a team sport, I don’t think Bill participate in a play, “Arians said.” He had 22 guys playing hard and I knew they would. And we had 22 guys out there playing really hard. It happened that just some were called Brady“.
Before guiding the Buccaneers to the field, the Patriots they honored Brady with a one-minute video of his best moments, prompting fans to chant his name in thanks, shouting “¡Brady! !Brady! !Brady! “heard throughout the stadium.
Welcome back, @TomBrady.
– New England Patriots (@Patriots) October 4, 2021
Brady arrived at the stadium for warm-ups shortly before 7:30 p.m. and the fans who arrived early to their seats – many in soccer jerseys Brady– erupted in what seemed like a Super Bowl-like atmosphere. Brady He trotted across the field, jumped up, and raised his right fist as he reached the other end.
“It was incredible,” he said. Brady. “I tried not to predict what was going to happen and how I would feel. I had some emotional moments this week thinking about the people who have meant so much to me in my life and who are part of this community. I am just so thankful for an incredible time Here. Like I said, my football journey took me somewhere else, but I’m really enjoying it and it’s great to get a win. “
That was something that Brady did often during his time with the Patriots. But this time, his journey was in the opposite direction, starting in the visitors’ tunnel.
“I couldn’t run through the normal tunnel, so it happened in the opposite direction. A lot of emotions,” he said. Brady. “These guys are like my brothers. There are two groups of people: all my classmates from Bucs who I love and who I am going to fight every week: and then there is another group of guys that I see, and those are my friends that I have been with for a long time … these are the people with whom I have shared my life. I am very grateful for all that you have contributed to my life. Very blessed”.
Brady then he gave the offensive coordinator of the Patriots, Josh McDaniels, as he ran to the Los Angeles side of the field. Buccaneers, while the fans shouted “¡Brady! !Brady! “as it began to heat up.
Soon after, the rookie quarterback of the Patriots, Mac Jones, took to the field to receive a thunderous applause, a very unusual scene in which the quarterbacks of both teams were cheered.
Brady He was impressed with Jones, a first-round draft pick from Alabama with whom he met briefly on the field after the game. In one span of the game, Jones completed 19 straight passes, the longest streak for a rookie in the past 40 seasons, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.
“He did a great job. I think the offense does a great job. Josh really called some very good plays, too. In a way, they connected everything.” Brady. “But in the end, it always comes down to a couple of plays. I’m happy I made them.
When Brady I played for the Patriots, he often visited the field for away games shortly after the arrival of the team bus. Nevertheless, Brady He didn’t do that on Sunday after arriving around 5:00 pm, heading straight for the visiting locker room and staying there until warm-up.
The owner of the Patriots, Robert Kraft, met with Brady about three hours before kickoff in the tunnel outside the Los Angeles’ locker room. Buccaneers. They both shared a hug and talked for a couple of minutes.
The division of loyalties for some was mirrored by Tim O’Toole of Kennebunk, Maine, who wore a jersey from Brady half Patriots and half Buccaneers.
Tim O’Toole, of Kennebunk, Maine by way of Wrentham, Mass, is here with family in a jersey that reflects his dual allegiances. pic.twitter.com/lDOq944tbd
– Mike Reiss (@MikeReiss) October 3, 2021
But once the match started, most of the fans in the stadium made it clear that Brady he was a team member and rival and some boos could be heard.
Others came with posters of support specifically for Brady, and at one point, a flag of the Buccaneers He hung up in the end zone.
Scene setter. pic.twitter.com/B2nq2cW2vl
– Mike Reiss (@MikeReiss) October 3, 2021
For its part, the night had a familiar feel to it. Brady. His wife, model Gisele Bundchen, was in attendance, along with their children. The parents of Brady they also traveled to Foxborough for the match.
Brady he finished with 22 completions on 43 attempts with 269 yards in the victory. Once the game was over, Brady met in the midfield with many of his former teammates from the Patriotsas well as with Belichick and McDaniels, who possibly last hugged him in the Gillette Stadium.
“It has been a great stadium for me for a long time. I don’t know what the future holds. Obviously, there might be a chance to come back here. [y jugar otro partido]. We’ll see, “he said. Brady.
“I feel like I’ll always be a part of this community. I’ll be here for a bit when it’s all over. When I retire I’m sure there will be a lot of time, I have a lot of friends here and it’s a great place. My kids were born on Beacon Street in town. Ha It’s been an amazing place to me. It still is. “
Information from Jenna Laine was used in the writing of this note.