TAMPA, Fla – Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady admitted Monday that he will feel “different kinds of emotions” when he returns to Gillette Stadium this weekend for the first time since leaving New England, where he said he enjoyed “some of the greatest experiences of my life.”
Brady’s Bucs visit the Patriots, with whom he spent 20 seasons and won six Super Bowls, Sunday (8:20 p.m. ET, NBC).
“I know this locker room, I know this locker room at home, I know this tunnel at home, I know which way the wind is blowing, I know all about it [place]Brady told Jim Gray on their “Let’s Go!” podcast on SiriusXM. “I know the smell. I know what a night game looks like, I know what the fans will be like. So in some ways it will be really unique. I’ve never had that experience, you know – it will be the first time for me to be on the other side.
“I’m not necessarily going to remember. I don’t think this is the time for that. I will have lots of opportunities to look back on my football career – none of that, nothing that I really care about. do right now because I’m so in the moment. I’m not going to think about 20 years of history. I’m going to think about a football night, a Sunday night game after a very difficult loss. “
The Bucs were beaten by the Los Angeles Rams 34-24 on Sunday. It was their first loss since November 29, 2020, ending a 10-game winning streak.
Meanwhile, the Patriots, behind rookie QB Mac Jones, just lost 28-13 at home to the New Orleans Saints.
Brady said he understands if the fans who have been supporting him for 20 years won’t be this week, and he said he agreed. He expects the two teams to “fight and fight for a win” on Sunday.
“I wouldn’t expect that – a homecoming,” said Brady, who added he will have a number of family and friends in attendance – and have been asking for tickets for six. month. “I mean, I think they’re there to support their team, and their team is the Patriots. I think they’re going to cheer on their team like I would expect, and I think if they know something on me, they’re going to know I’m going there to try to win the football game, so I think they’ll respect that about me.
“One thing I learned from the Patriots – [Bill] Belichick would say, ‘Look, if you like football, then Sunday night at 8:30 p.m. at Gillette Stadium is the place to be.’
Much has been said about the relationship and possible friction between Brady and Belichick. As recently as last week, longtime Brady’s coach Alex Guerrero told the Boston Herald he doesn’t believe Belichick’s treatment of Brady changes over time and the famous trainer continues to treat. the QB star as if he was 20 instead of 40. -an elderly man.
Brady, however, called Belichick a “great mentor” on the podcast with Gray.
“Well I’m 20 – I’m 20 years old and he’s obviously a great mentor to me,” Brady said of Belichick. “And yes, I think there are definitely some great lessons I learned from him. He’s a great football coach and he does a great job for his team. And, you know any player. , I think they just hope their coaches give them everything they have. I’m sure every great coach wants every player to give them everything they have. And I think that’s what it does. a great relationship. “
Brady also shared his feelings about his father, Tom Brady Sr., telling NBC Sports Boston last week that he personally felt “justified” by his son winning a Super Bowl last season with the Bucs and without Belichick. .
“I actually put together a statement that I wanted to say, and that’s really all I have to say on the subject,” Brady said jokingly. “The comments of Thomas Edward Brady, a 77-year-old insurance company CEO who should know better at this point in his life, do not necessarily reflect the opinions or positions held by his son, Thomas Edward Patrick Brady Jr., so Further, if Tom Sr. continues to speak on behalf of his son without express written consent, Jr. reserves the right to eventually put him in a home against his will. That’s all I have to say. . “