Tom Brady chastised teammate who was crying after NFC Championship win

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There’s no crying in baseball. There’s also no crying in football. At least not until winning a Super Bowl.

Appearing on the All Things Covered Podcast with Bryant McFadden and Patrick Peterson, Buccaneers linebacker Lavonte David told a story from the Tampa Bay locker room following the NFC Championship win over the Packers.

“When I realized that it was real, when I realized it was like all the other stuff doesn’t really matter unless it’s the Super Bowl was like after we won the NFC Championship,” David said. “You know me, I was all happy and sh-t, it was my first. I’m geeked up. Then like I guess somebody was crying. And I guess like, I heard [Brady], just like, ‘What the f–k you crying for? We not done yet.'”

The comment got David’s attention.

“He’s right,” David said. “He’s right. You know, I had a little two tears, too. So I wiped my sh-t, too. . . . We still got work to do.”

That’s a tangible example of the intangible value of having Brady in the locker room. It’s leadership. It’s accountability. It’s making sure no one gets satisfied with anything other than reaching the top of the mountain.

It’s one of the reasons why it will be very difficult to pick against the Buccaneers in Super Bowl LV, no mater how good the Chiefs currently are. And they are.

18 responses to “Tom Brady chastised teammate who was crying after NFC Championship win

  1. The Brady Way, Belichick was very fortunate to have him and should’ve shown more gratitude

  2. he’s on a different level. anyone who watched him with their eyes open over the past 20 years knew that already.

  3. He turned into a real diva a few years back wow i Miss that humble skinny kid brady once was .

  4. This is pure nonsense.

    You can enjoy the moment AND focus on winning the Super Bowl. They are not mutually exclusive.

    How many times have we seen Brady scream and fist pumps after a great TD pass? MANY TIMES. Does he lose focus on winning the rest of game? Of course not.

  5. Love it. That’s good leadership. That will stay with those players throughout their careers. Still hope he plays like a wet bag on Sunday but I absolutely respect that about TB.

  6. I see Brady’s point and it certainly makes sense. On the other hand, some players have been in the league a very long time and not been as fortunate as Brady. Let the guy have his moment of appreciation and humility. Then get back to work for the big prize. Fact is that one of these teams is going to lose. If it is the Buccaneers that lose and they do not make it back to the Super Bowl (very hard to repeat), that NFC Championship could very well be the high point of that players career

  7. Love it. That’s good leadership.
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    Brady has been fortunate enough to play on 10 Super Bowl teams.

    This will be Davids first, and likely, ONLY.

    Nothing wrong with showing emotion in a powerful moment like that.

    But, its Brady. So his jerkwaterness will be triumphed and celebrated……

  8. Not everyone has been as lucky as Tom to have played in the AFC LEAST most of their careers !

  9. That is a classic story and Brady is 100% correct. Thats why he has 6 Rings.

  10. Why do I have a feeling when his career is over and the dust settles Brady will end up being the Lance Armstrong of the NFL.

  11. Brady needs to win on Sunday to have a better career outside the Patriots system than Jimmy G. They both would have faced Mahomes in the SB so Brady needs this win.

  12. People saying he’s a jerk and to let Lavonte David celebrate his moment, David is relaying this story because he likes it and agrees with Brady’s point. He appreciates Brady’s leadership. There’s a difference between celebrating a bit and completely losing yourself emotionally. If you completely lose yourself emotionally when you’re only partway there then that’s far different than a fist pump after a touchdown or a bit of celebration. Acceptance can creep in, thinking “Well even if we lose at least I can say I made the super bowl”. Brady doesn’t want them to accept that as their peak. He’s always making sure people keep their heads in the game and stay motivated by his leadership until the final whistle. Brady wasn’t saying it harshly, he’s saying “Don’t lose yourself yet, this isn’t over, we’ve got so much left that we’re going to do.” Because this is basically halftime. They can’t just be satisfied about a conference championship. That’s why no one else ever gets back to this point like Brady does. That’s why he’s a winner, he keeps everyone on board the ship until the final whistle has blown. You can jump up and down and celebrate a bit when you make a good play obviously but then move on. Sitting there crying, its an emotional moment obviously because this is what the players work so hard for is to go to the super bowl so he wasn’t dismissing that but he’s saying this isn’t everything. What you worked so hard for was to win the super bowl, not just to go to it. Don’t start growing content now.

  13. As usual, a number of stooges don’t get it. Brady was lifting the player up, not putting him down.

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