Dwight Freeney: I try to hate Tom Brady, but I can’t

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Falcons defensive end Dwight Freeney has faced Patriots quarterback Tom Brady many times, and often in big games when Freeney played for the Colts. But Freeney doesn’t view Brady as the enemy heading into Super Bowl LI.

Freeney said today that he has gotten to know Brady well enough that he likes him personally, and as a result he can’t motivate himself with personal animosity.

“The thing is, I try to hate the guy, but I can’t because he is a good guy,” Freeney said of Brady. “I know him personally off the field, too – he is a good dude. I guess it comes with the territory, just playing as long as I have been and as long as he has been. We have had a rivalry in the Colts versus the Patriots for years – it was like they were in our division since we played them twice a year, because we played them once in the regular season and once in the postseason. We knocked them out, they knocked us out, so it is kind of those things where you know it is going to be a battle. You know it is going to be a war. At the end, you have so much respect for them because of the fact that they are such a great franchise and they can continually make it to this moment year in and year out, even when they have changes on the team. They go through adversity throughout the years. Tom is not playing the first four games and they are still here. It is a testament to what they do around there.”

Sunday may be the last time Freeney and Brady meet on the field. Theirs has been a rivalry of respect.

38 responses to “Dwight Freeney: I try to hate Tom Brady, but I can’t

  1. Meh…..Don’t remember Freeney getting the best of Brady enough over the years to make it a “rivalry”.

  2. Take that, Brady haters. Dwight recognizes that Brady is great, and more importantly, honest. Just ask him. Now, go to bed.

  3. If Freeney was in his prime, then I would think the Falcons would have a shot at winning this Sunday. The terrible Falcons defense is going to get eaten alive.

  4. Tons of similar respect going back to Freeney from most Patriots and Patriots fans

    He’s one of a handful of guys I always wished had been a Patriot

    Can’t believe he’s still playing and producing at this level at 36 either… that’s a helluva career he’s had

  5. I spent over 40 years hating the Dallas Cowboys before I realized I couldn’t do it anymore. (I don’t like them — puhlease — but the hate’s gone.) However, hating the Patriots is EASY. And the Giants. And, surprisingly, the Packers, because they rely too much on their QB’s godhood.

  6. Brady is a good guy. I don’t think everybody that’s ever cheated at a sport is automatically a bad guy. Many pitchers scuff baseballs. So many players use some sort of PEDs. Brady isn’t the first great QB to ever tamper with the air pressure in footballs. I’ve never heard of a player who didn’t like Tom Brady. And this isn’t the first time an opponent has said nice things like this on the eve of a super bowl.

  7. i dont hate Brady because hes good and they win, i dont like him because hes a whiney baby everytime hes touched, and hes a pansy, have u seen him slide down a water slide??

  8. Maybe Freeney will gather all of his physical resources and put everything on the line for one final all-out stand. Let’s hope so, fellow Falcons fans.

  9. Much love back to you, Dwight. Pats fans and football fans have admired you for the amazing and clean athlete that you are. It is great to see the Pats battle against a worthy opponent again. Always wished you spent a season or 10 in New England…

  10. Well Dwight maybe this will help on game day , he wants to destroy your team he wants to basically embarrass you if he can he wants to blow the doors off your team ! You need to hate him like you never hated anything before for like only 3 full hours Sunday because the only way you beat him just like Denver and the Giants and almost the Texans if they had a quarterback is to hate him really a lot while you drive his throwing shoulder into the turf !

  11. Dwight knows the liberal media loves anyone who is disrespectful to authority. He knows he has to talk good about Brady if he wants to do anything in broadcasting or television.

  12. So some guy on here posts that Brady is a “pansy?” Come on out from behind your keyboard, introduce yourself and then challenge Brady to see who the biggest “pansy” is. I’ll finance the entire gig and all proceeds will be forwarded to NFL Charities.

  13. 1). People hate on Brady.
    2). Brady feeds on hate to become even more powerful.
    3). Go to 1.

    Two decades in and the haters still don’t realize their critical yet ultimately self-abusing role, bless their hearts.

  14. “Tom is not playing the first four games and they are still here. It is a testament to what they do around there.”

    Even Freeney appreciates the great Patriots system. Just amazing.

  15. ripwarrior says:
    Feb 1, 2017 8:45 PM

    Tom Brady is the greatest living American today. Someone please tell me someone greater. I bet you can’t.

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    Eli!!!!

  16. Brady is a good guy. I don’t think everybody that’s ever cheated at a sport is automatically a bad guy. Many pitchers scuff baseballs. So many players use some sort of PEDs. Brady isn’t the first great QB to ever tamper with the air pressure in footballs. I’ve never heard of a player who didn’t like Tom Brady. And this isn’t the first time an opponent has said nice things like this on the eve of a super bowl.
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    Actually, Aaron Rodgers is the only one who has tampered with air pressure in footballs. He admitted it himself.

    Now, based on your logic – Andrew Luck and Ben Rothlisberger also are cheaters, right? They had footballs under regulation as well. So they had to have cheated, since in your mind cold weather doesnt affect footballs. The level of stupidity never ceases to amaze me.

  17. Hating a player because he is as good as Brady or Freeney is for the little guy with no respect for excellence in the sport that person pretends he respects. It can’t be done because the sport comes first not your personal opinion of certain players who just happen to whoop your team so often you begin to hate. Not Dwight Freeney a future HOFamer for sure and he acts like one on and off the field. Hats off to both these stars. To the haters and trolls you will always be considered pretenders who don’t really love football you just like hating greatness in any player who has beat your head in year after year. If you don’t respect the great players in the sport, you don’t respect the sport. Read some of these posts and you may understand why others do and why you should.

  18. Goodell doesnt care if you hate him!
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    “”HOUSTON — New England Patriots fans itching for a fight with Roger Goodell are going to be sorely disappointed!

    The NFL commissioner doesn’t see this Super Bowl as divine retribution for what Patriots fans will always believe was his heavy handedness with Deflategate. He doesn’t see it as anything, really, other than another appearance by the Patriots in the NFL’s grand finale. And if anyone in New England is hoping he’s scarfing down Tums at the prospect of handing Patriots owner Robert Kraft the Lombardi Trophy with Tom Brady at his side, sorry.

    In the immortal words of Michael Corleone, this wasn’t personal. It was business!!

    “It’s not awkward at all for me,” Goodell said Wednesday during his annual state of the league news conference. “We do our job. As I said, there was a violation. We applied the process and the discipline and we came to the conclusion that was supported by the facts and the courts.””

  19. There’s nothing to hate Brady about besides some arguable cheating.

    He may be one of the most overrated players in NFL history, but that’s nothing to hate him over.

  20. maiphatdong says:
    Feb 1, 2017 8:30 PM

    i dont like him because hes a whiney baby everytime hes touched, and hes a pansy, have u seen him slide down a water slide??
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    Why are you watching another man go down a water slide? I’m sorry, but it sounds like you might be the “pansy”.

  21. It’s amazing to me the things that the haters make up to justify thier envy. Brady is tough, humble and a great player. You haters are just pissed because your lives suck.

  22. Every Pats hater would do back flips from today until opening day if TB12 and/or BB somehow wound up on their team for the 2017 season.

    Yes you would.
    Yes…You…WOULD.

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