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Bucs training camp is just four days away, but the world hasn’t moved on from the mystery team that Bucs QB Tom Brady referred to on “The Shop”. One month ago, Bucs QB Tom Brady recalled teams’ pursuit of him during the 2020 free agency period on the HBO show. In explaining his decision to join the Bucs, Brady mentioned that one unnamed team exited negotiations late in the process, much to his disbelief.

“One of the teams, they were interested, then all of a sudden they weren’t interested at the very end,” Brady said on The Shop. “I was sitting there thinking, you’re sticking with that motherf*****? Are you serious?

“I look back and I say, ‘there’s no f***ing way I would have went to that team! But they said they didn’t want me! And I know what that means. I know what that feels like. And I’m gonna f**k you up because of that.”

Speculation has been rampant as to which team Brady was referring to in the interview. I’ve written at length about the strong likelihood that it was the Titans. That belief has been supported by reporting from Benjamin Allbright and on The Rich Eisen Show.

But Brady remains mum on any explanation. In an interview with Jim Gray for a special SiriusXM Town Hall event that airs Wednesday at 6 pm on SiriusXM’s Mad Dog Sports radio channel, Brady would not bite when prompted to reveal the team.

“There’s private things for me that are going to remain motivational for me,” Brady said. “They know who they are … it’s fine. Everyone has a choice to choose. I think what you realize is, there’s not as many smart people as you think. That’s just the reality. I think it’d be a no-brainer if you said, ‘Hey, you’ve got a chance to get Wayne Gretzky on your team.’ Or ‘you got a chance to have Michael Jordan on your team’. ‘Oh, we don’t need him, no thanks. We’re good’.

“In my mind, I’m kind of thinking, ‘OK, let me go show those teams what they’re missing.’ At the same time, let me go prove to the team that did bet on me, and the team that really showed they really wanted me, and committed to me, that I’m not going to let them down.”

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2 months ago

To be the best you have to think you are the best. I don’t fault him for the belief in himself and give him credit for hanging onto the motivation to be the best. As a lifelong Bucs Fan I am so happy to have him be a part of our legacy and us be a part of his. If he stays healthy he is going to break the final records he doesn’t have yet and make us contenders for at least another year or two and they very well could end up being the most memorable years in Bucs… Read more »

2 months ago

It was San Fran not hard to connect the dots. PR protecting Lynch?

2 months ago

Whoever it was thanks a lot. Nothing like putting another chip on his shoulder. He should be good for at least five more years.

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2 months ago

I agree thanks to whoever the team was for saying no! SF makes more sense as Brady knows Jimmy G and he was Brady’s back up a while.

2 months ago

I think he put it out there so that all of the teams who passed on him think it was them. TB playing with their heads.

2 months ago

Whatever it takes to get ur particular motivation. We r witnessing history in the making every time Brady takes the field. He is truly the total package when it comes to QB. He lives it, that what I think makes him a different animal than most before him. His training, diet, lifestyle r all in support of him having the best outcome when he takes the field. Other QBs before May have had one or two attributes similar to Brady but Tom lives his philosophy that enables to continue to perform at such a high level at such an advanced… Read more »

2 months ago

Brady wanted to stay on the east coast to be close to his in NY. So douhbt San Fran was in the mix. I think it was with the Giants, or Miami more likely.

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