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.”