Tom Brady: Nothing but total respect and love for the Patriots

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Many of the questions during Tom Brady‘s first conference call as a member of the Buccaneers dealt with looking forward to how things will go for him in Tampa, but there was also some time spent looking back at his departure from the Patriots.

Brady was asked about Patriots owner Robert Kraft saying that Brady wanted to move on from the team in interviews with media last week. Brady said he is “not responsible for how other people will say certain things” before noting that Kraft has been a “great influence” on his life.

The new Buccaneers quarterback was also asked if he felt the Patriots could have done more to keep him in New England.

“No, I have nothing but total respect and love. No one who has been a bigger fan of the Patriots than me. I’m so grateful to Mr. Kraft, the organization and coach [Bill] Belichick.”

Brady said that the final decision to leave came last Monday night when he met with Kraft for what he called a “great conversation.” He then spoke to Belichick and moved on to the next chapter of his football career.

41 responses to “Tom Brady: Nothing but total respect and love for the Patriots

  1. code for: “I couldn’t wait to get the heck out of there and stroll the beaches of Florida”

  2. Everyone over the years who gave Belichick credit over Tom Brady for the Patriots success over the past 20 years is about to eat their words.

    Players play. Phil Jackson and Greg Popovich don’t look so great without MJ, Kobe, and Duncan. Belichick is no different and we’re about to see it.

  3. Except for 2019 when you disrespected teammates, coaches and the fans by skipping OTAs again knowing it was vital with Gronk retiring and

    Brady, Amendola, Edelman and Gronk formed this little clique of sorts.

  4. I think he just wanted a change of scene. He has been there 20 years. Where he was, he had it all, but the one thing he couldn’t have was anything different.

  5. Brady accepts less money for years for the good of the team.
    The team doesn’t spend that savings to help him.
    Brady fully embraces the cheating culture, yet didn’t think that the sneaky organization would pull the rug out from under him.

    Just goes to show that if you lie down with dogs, you get up with fleas.
    But in this case, it’s a dog lying down with other dogs.

  6. It’s cool how Brady always refers to Kraft as Mister and Belichick as Coach.That’s respect,discipline & leadership.

  7. tylawspick6 says:
    March 24, 2020 at 1:19 pm

    Except for 2019 when you disrespected teammates, coaches and the fans by skipping OTAs again knowing it was vital with Gronk retiring and

    Brady, Amendola, Edelman and Gronk formed this little clique of sorts.
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    LOL! Fans couldn’t care less about OTAs. Too bad Brady messed up and the team only went 12-4(sarcasm). Brady’s talent has hid the Pats lack of offensive firepower for years. You guys had a great 20 year ride but it’s over now. Show some grace and stop bashing the most important patriot in franchise history. The ride is about to get much rougher from here.

  8. Just wondering what Johnny can’t read is going to do with all his free time when TB12 retires, his envy and jealousy of anything Patriots is really sad and pathetic.

  9. He left thats it end of story… The Bucs overpaid thats it end of story….I love Brady I think he’s going to go down as the greatest of all time, but the Bucs paid for the Brady of 10 years ago not for the guy whos going to be in uniform in 2020. Time will tell if those legs can hold up for another long NFL season, but father time has never been beaten so my money’s on father time

  10. chickensalad43 says: “Everyone over the years who gave Belichick credit over Tom Brady for the Patriots success over the past 20 years is about to eat their words.

    Players play. Phil Jackson and Greg Popovich don’t look so great without MJ, Kobe, and Duncan. Belichick is no different and we’re about to see it.”
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    NONSENSE. BOTH ARE IMPORTANT TO CHAMPIONSHIP FOOTBALL TEAMS.

    Beating 31 other teams that are physically JUST AS TALENTED is incredibly difficult. Great coaches TEACHES their players to be better and to perform at their best TOGETHER AS AN UNIT.

  11. Except for 2019 when you disrespected teammates

    It’s over, man. I’m happy for the great years. Anything these guys accomplish going forward is icing.

  12. Bill has never been great at drafting, but he did draft 2 (only 2 in 20+ years) hall of famers. Brady and Gronk. The same 2 players he forced out while acting like it was their decision. Inferiority complex is the reason. Bill is small physically (re; Napoleon) and his method is to put down people around him of greater stature. He even stiffed his mentor, Parcells. Belichick won’t have to change the name of his boat anymore.

  13. Tom Brady: Nothing but total respect and love for the Patriots
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    The feeling is mutual. I never expected the Pats to actually ever win a Super Bowl. The dynasty is beyond any of my wildest dreams. What really happened seems completely unrealistic. I’m feel lucky to have gotten to see it with my own two eyes.

  14. I will always be a Patriots fan, and I will always root for Brady no matter who he plays for.

    20 years is more than anyone can ask or expect. It’s been a great ride.

    Brady came on the scene as a second year starter when Bledsoe got hurt. None of us fans had any expectations of greatness at the time. 6 rings later here we are with Stidham looking to be a second year starter. None of us expect another 6 rings, but I’m looking forward to seeing what happens next.

  15. xbam says: even after they deemed him non-essential??
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    They offered him another one-year-and-see contract, which is sensible for a QB at nearly 43. And had Pats matched/outbid the Bucs’ deal all you haters would say that was a mistake too.

  16. akira1971 says:
    March 24, 2020 at 2:09 pm

    chickensalad43 says: “Everyone over the years who gave Belichick credit over Tom Brady for the Patriots success over the past 20 years is about to eat their words.

    Players play. Phil Jackson and Greg Popovich don’t look so great without MJ, Kobe, and Duncan. Belichick is no different and we’re about to see it.”
    ——————-

    NONSENSE. BOTH ARE IMPORTANT TO CHAMPIONSHIP FOOTBALL TEAMS.

    Beating 31 other teams that are physically JUST AS TALENTED is incredibly difficult. Great coaches TEACHES their players to be better and to perform at their best TOGETHER AS AN UNIT.
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    Tell that to Doc Rivers or Erik Spoelstra. I’m sorry but you are wrong here. Bellichick had a losing record pre-Brady, in fact just the season before Brady started, Bellichick went 5-11. Does anyone believe Phil Jackson would lead the Charlotte Bobcats to an NBA title with their current talent? Of course not.

  17. who will win a SB first, BB or TB?

    when comparing the age-old questions “which came first the chicken or the egg” vs. “who made who the coach or the player”, the former remains the far more difficult question.

    W/O Brady, Belichick, as we now know him, does not exist.

  18. Seems like both sides are handling the split with class — nothing to see here. However, this fan with no stake in the game can’t wait to see how they do separately — should be fun to watch.

  19. @chickensalad43.

    Thank you, thanks YOU, THANK YOU!!!! Could NOT agree with you more.

    Somewhere along the fictionalization and glorification on Bill Belichick we lost sight of the fact that he has never made a single play in the NFL, scripted or off-script.

    It is flat out ludicrous to state Brady is not the MAIN REASON for the Pats success over the past 20 years, when compared to BB….LUDICROUS

  20. mumfio says: …in fact just the season before Brady started, Bellichick went 5-11.
    ———————-
    That was Belichick’s first year at the Pats, he spent it totally restructuring the organisational mess left by Pete Carroll’s slow destruction of Parcell’s great setup. And Belichick’s Brown’s stats are only naff because Modell pulled out of Cleveland – the year before BB got Browns to their last playoff win and 1995 started even better until Art decided to pull the plug.

  21. Why do people and the media feel like there needs to be a villain? Brady is all class. Bill is ready to move. A great twenty years has come to an end. Time for the next twenty.

  22. As usual, the great deceiver’s words don’t match his actions. You have great respect and love for the organization, the owner, and the coach and yet you left. Why?

  23. Nothing the Patriots or Tom Brady does this season will cast a shadow on 20 years of mutual success. The comments saying we will learn now if it was Brady or Belichick are inane.

    Virtually every other team that won or sniffed a super bowl in the last 20 years were one and done. The Giants won two in miracle fashion, then imploded. The Steelers added two to their storied history. The Seahawks and Ravens have been consistent winners but could not win two. Virtually every other team made it to the game could not maintain play at a high level.

    Try as the haters may want, there is no diminishing the greatness of Brady, Belichick and the Patriots.

  24. Not counting Tom Brady, the roster of the Patriots was very much in need of a rebuild for the next year or two. They haven’t struck gold on enough young players or low priced free agents lately, while the core veterans are moving past their prime and/or are soon going to be very expensive to keep. Meanwhile Brady has a few years left, and wants to win as much as possible in that time.

    In my mind, that is the real reason for the two sides going separate ways. One’s best interest is building for the long term, while the other needs things to happen right now. So the move was in their mutal best interests. It’s that simple.

  25. I have never prescribed to the athlete as role model. Brady is the exception.

    Always positive. Hard worker. Treats the lowest guy on the roster like he does the stars. Never quits.

  26. This GOAT is why Belichick has 6 rings. Now, BB is a great coach, but not as all time as Brady is a QB. Kinda how Jordan won Phil Jackson a bunch of trophies as well.

  27. streetyson says:
    March 24, 2020 at 2:52 pm
    mumfio says: …in fact just the season before Brady started, Bellichick went 5-11.
    ———————-
    That was Belichick’s first year at the Pats, he spent it totally restructuring the organisational mess left by Pete Carroll’s slow destruction of Parcell’s great setup. And Belichick’s Brown’s stats are only naff because Modell pulled out of Cleveland – the year before BB got Browns to their last playoff win and 1995 started even better until Art decided to pull the plug.

    —————-

    Um, he was 5 and 11 in 1995. He took the team to the playoffs in 94. 95 was a disaster. And he also had 3 years before that. Don’t get me wrong, he’s a great coach and all, but those are facts.

  28. There’s nothing to see here, folks. LOTS of old people leave the north for the warmth of Florida.

  29. “Um, he was 5 and 11 in 1995. He took the team to the playoffs in 94. 95 was a disaster. And he also had 3 years before that. Don’t get me wrong, he’s a great coach and all, but those are facts.”

    Paraphrasing his buddy Parcells, if you want me to cook dinner you have to let me buy the groceries. He had a lot more input into the shopping in New England, and had a MUCH more talented front office. Every coach made the Browns suck. That doesn’t mean every Browns coach sucked.

  30. jackedupboonie says:
    March 24, 2020 at 4:43 pm
    This GOAT is why Belichick has 6 rings. Now, BB is a great coach, but not as all time as Brady is a QB. Kinda how Jordan won Phil Jackson a bunch of trophies as well.
    /……………………………………………………………………………
    LMAO buddy Phil won 5 more in LA…you know why he won so much cause his triangle offence was revolutionary at the time and he had 2 of the best ever to operate it….stick to talking football champ…

  31. factschecker says:
    March 24, 2020 at 2:19 pm
    Tom Brady: Nothing but total respect and love for the Patriots
    ———-
    The feeling is mutual. I never expected the Pats to actually ever win a Super Bowl. The dynasty is beyond any of my wildest dreams. What really happened seems completely unrealistic. I’m feel lucky to have gotten to see it with my own two eyes.

    41 3 Rate This
    patsbrat says:
    March 24, 2020 at 2:21 pm
    I will always be a Patriots fan, and I will always root for Brady no matter who he plays for.

    20 years is more than anyone can ask or expect. It’s been a great ride.

    Brady came on the scene as a second year starter when Bledsoe got hurt. None of us fans had any expectations of greatness at the time. 6 rings later here we are with Stidham looking to be a second year starter. None of us expect another 6 rings, but I’m looking forward to seeing what happens next.

    Can’t ever take those years away. Go Pats

  32. didnthearwhat says:
    March 24, 2020 at 2:10 pm
    Bill has never been great at drafting, but he did draft 2 (only 2 in 20+ years) hall of famers. Brady and Gronk. The same 2 players he forced out while acting like it was their decision. Inferiority complex is the reason. Bill is small physically (re; Napoleon) and his method is to put down people around him of greater stature. He even stiffed his mentor, Parcells. Belichick won’t have to change the name of his boat anymore.
    -–————————————

    How many Super Bowl champions has he drafted???

  33. didnthearwhat says:
    March 24, 2020 at 2:10 pm
    Bill has never been great at drafting, but he did draft 2 (only 2 in 20+ years) hall of famers. Brady and Gronk. The same 2 players he forced out while acting like it was their decision. Inferiority complex is the reason. Bill is small physically (re; Napoleon) and his method is to put down people around him of greater stature. He even stiffed his mentor, Parcells. Belichick won’t have to change the name of his boat anymore.
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    Please give us some quotes where coach Belicheck disrespected any player, coach or staff member of the NFL……..we’re waiting.

  34. @jonnydapat, if you’ve ever noticed, Bill never says what he’s thinking. Ever watched any of his press briefings? “Miami great on offense,defense,special teams, blah,blah,blah… Did you notice how he never defended Brady during deflategate? Read between the lines. You’re right, there are no public quotes putting players down, but like Brady said-actions speak louder than words. Sometimes it’s more about what’s not said

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