Tom Brady readies for Week Four homecoming

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Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady enjoys knowing his team’s schedule as much as the average fan, if not more.

After poking fun at “America’s Team” after his team’s Week One foe was announced on Wednesday, Brady had this to say regarding his Week Four return to Foxboro.

“It’s like when your high school friends meet your college friends,” Brady said on Twitter.

He’s right, if you spent 20 years in high school, not four. Brady is more identified with the Patriots than any NFL player has ever been identified with any NFL team. He won six Super Bowls in New England. His return to Gillette Stadium for what undoubtedly will be his final game there will be one of the biggest regular-season games in league history.

The biggest question (apart from the outcome of the game) relates to the reception he’ll get. Most will welcome him home, the  prodigal son who left only because no human being could take more than 20 years of Bill Belichick. Some may surely let him hear it under the broad cloak of anonymity that comes from being in a crowd.

14 responses to “Tom Brady readies for Week Four homecoming

  1. I would not be surprised if the sound of fan appreciation is so loud that it sets a new record for volume in a football stadium

  2. When he hits the field it will be the loudest ovation in the history of Foxboro

  3. There will be a handful of people booing vs. the thousands that will rightfully welcome him back with cheers for what he was able to do here in an unprecedented fashion historically. They are, and should be thankful while respecting the unfortunate dynamics that led to him moving on. None of that is a personal affront to the fan base in New England nor should it be.

    As for the moribund few that don’t get it—oh well.

  4. It’s interesting what would have been had the Tuck Rule not overturned that call. Raiders would have kneeled and run out the clock, Pats lose in the playoffs, and would Bledsoe have returned as the starter the following year since it was an early playoff exit, and not a Super Bowl upset over the Rams?

  5. “Brady is more identified with the Patriots than any NFL player has ever been identified with any NFL team.”

    Walter Payton and Dick Butkus might disagree.

  6. The loudest cheer I ever heard at Gillette was the Edelman double pass against the Ravens in the playoffs. I expect that to be dwarfed. As a local, I can tell you there is very little animosity towards Brady. With one exception who’s not even worth mentioning.

  7. Belichick will introduce Brady with a Hall of Fame induction speech for the ages.

    I can’t imagine anyone else doing him justice.

  8. turkeycreekjackjohnson says:
    May 13, 2021 at 12:48 pm
    There will be a handful of people booing vs. the thousands that will rightfully welcome him back with cheers for what he was able to do here in an unprecedented fashion historically. They are, and should be thankful while respecting the unfortunate dynamics that led to him moving on. None of that is a personal affront to the fan base in New England nor should it be.

    As for the moribund few that don’t get it—oh well.

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    Dynamics = inflated ego

    Look at Watson or Rodgers right now as they follow Brady’s lead.

    When Bledsoe left the team, he was as classy as any Boston player ever. He took out a full page in the Globe thanking Kraft and the fans.

    Brady spit on the fans and is still doing it everyday as he desperately seeks attention for whatever the reason.

  9. tedmurph says:
    May 13, 2021 at 1:22 pm
    The loudest cheer I ever heard at Gillette was the Edelman double pass against the Ravens in the playoffs. I expect that to be dwarfed. As a local, I can tell you there is very little animosity towards Brady. With one exception who’s not even worth mentioning.

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    The loudest cheers I ever heard were at the 1996 title gamw because there were no pink hats or Johnny Come Latelys at that game like yourself. lmao

    Some of us are fans of the TEAM, knowing this isn’t tennis, golf ot even basketball.

    The other question I have is this:

    Just exactly what makes Brady such a victim here? Crying on his couch with his flabby self on draft day, to being rescued by the greatest GM and Coach in NFL history? Just curious.

    It’s amazing how upside down this world has become when Tom Brady portrays himself as a whiny victim and people want to applaud the obnoxious behavior. This is literally why our country is going down the crapper.

    The ovation will be nowhere near Orr’s or Bird’s. Half the stadium will be filled with pink hats like you who think Brady plays all the positions.

    The rest will be giving a classy round of applause and then the game will start and be played with some kind of awkward Kraft video tribute that glosses over Brady’s 2 pitiful sb losses to the Giants where no one in the press held him accountable which cause his ego to explode to where we are now. And no video will be shown of his sabotaging the 2019
    season ending with a pick 6 after another pick 6 showing him checking out there as well. Disgusting.

    Seek the clinical help you need.

    Manning, Brees and Rodgers would have loved BB as his coach and GM because they’d have more rings. Brady’s career may not have ever got off the ground without BB and Weis. These are just facts. Real Pats fans know the laundry list of names that helped win big games and super bowls

  10. Honestly, you’d think with a photographic memory would get at least one thing right. But, sadly, no. Gillette Stadium was opened in 2002. 1996 was their old high school stadium, where I sat in the endzone with Mosi’s Mooses. Secondly, who claimed Brady was the victim, besides his old man? Certainly not me. I said it was time for both to move on. Brady had had enough and decided to move on, as is his right. Just like it’s Brady’s right to skip OTAs and spend time with his family. Even if some ‘fans’ think he should be getting to know Gunnar Ozlawski better, or whomever. Next, Pink Hats are Red Sox fans, after the JHenry and his group decided to market to that crowd. Very smart, made a lot of money. Pats fans are FB fans. There’s been a waiting list for season tickets since they hired Parcells. I sometimes wonder if condescending fans know whether a FB is blown up or stuffed.

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