Tom Brady raised eyebrows following the Bucs’ Week 5 loss to the Chicago Bears when he ran off the field without shaking the hand of opposing quarterback Nick Foles. NFL Network’s Kyle Brandt even asked for Pewter Report’s help in solving the mystery on Monday’s Good Morning Football show.

The interaction, or lack thereof, is notable considering Brady also left the field without shaking Foles’ hand following the New England Patriots’ 41-33 Super Bowl loss at the hands of the Philadelphia Eagles in 2018.

People pointed to Brady possibly looking to limit his post-game interactions while the Tennessee Titans dealt with a COVID-19 outbreak that forced their Week 4 match-up with the Pittsburgh Steelers to be postponed, but that notion was discarded after Brady embraced Aaron Rodgers following the Bucs’ 38-10 victory over the Packers in Week 6.

Brady was asked on Thursday, by our Scott Reynolds, about whether there was a reason he didn’t shake Foles’ hand.

“I didn’t even think about that,” Brady said. “I think Nick Foles is a hell of a player and a Super Bowl champ and I don’t know one reason or another why I wouldn’t do that. Sometimes I’ve run off of the field, sometimes I haven’t. Sometimes if I have a personal relationship like I have with Drew [Brees] and Justin [Herbert] and Aaron [Rodgers] over the years… I don’t know. I don’t think it’s anything in particular but I have great admiration for Nick and I think that he’s a hell of a player. They’re off to a great start.”

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Art Penn
1 year ago

If Brady gave him a big hug he would have been criticized for not following covid protocols. He can’t win with his critics. You can just as well ask why didn’t Foles come running over to Tom to shake his hand and rub it in? Nobody cares, except the Brady haters.

1 year ago

Here’s a thought: Maybe he was pissed (rightfully) at his own offense embarrassing him. I never get the whole “Brady vs (insert QB)” arguments in a game since they don’t play against each other. The defense did ok against Chicago – that short field turnover is hard to defend against. If you remove that, the defense held the Bears to 13 points.

Also, I doubt Tom cares since Nick Foles can’t even hold his jockstrap.

1 year ago

Do we have eyes on who has or hasn’t shaken people’s hands in the league this year? I heard people calling into radio shows making comments about sportsmanship or being a man. Dude, anyone who thinks a guy playing 20 years in the NFL, as many hits and games as he’s had isn’t a man, or a sportsman as liked as he is, is an idiot and should worry about something else like their own lives. Why does anybody really care? I could care less if anyone says hi or shakes hands after the game! You teach young kids that… Read more »

1 year ago

What’s that saying? “Much ado about nothing”. Why does anything have to be read into this and analyzed in an attempt to make a non-event newsworthy? After the conclusion of the game, I’m not standing around seeing who is shaking hands, hugging, exchanging jerseys, posing for photos, carrying their offspring,or even sitting on the bench with a towel over his head. There’s just no end to the media’s quest for criticism and story creation. Kinda like I forget to kiss my wife goodnight and the next thing I know I’m getting the 3rd degree about what’s wrong and if I… Read more »

1 year ago

Another 15 minutes by Brandt et al today, calling Scott “the Bob Woodward” of the NFL and demanding continued pursuit of the story.
Reminds me of the time Brad Gilbert dinked-and-dunked Jimmy Connors one night and beat him–Connors (Brady-level competitive) jacked him up in the locker room afterwards and screamed “Gilbert, you should never beat me!”