Hollywood star Matt Damon is still a huge Tom Brady fan even though the star quarterback now plays for the Tampa Bay Bucs. In an interview with Dan Patrick, Damon, who hails from Cambridge, Massachusetts outside of Boston and is a New England Patriots fan, said he would root for Brady (and the Bucs) over the Patriots in a Super Bowl match-up.
The Bucs actually play the Patriots in New England in Week 4 of the 2021 regular season in the return of Brady and tight end Rob Gronkowski to face their former team. Brady played 20 years for the Patriots, winning six Super Bowls with the organization. Gronkowski played nine years in New England and won three Super Bowls before retiring in 2019.
When Brady joined the Bucs in free agency in 2020, he was able to lure Gronkowski out of retirement and Tampa Bay was able to trade for the five-time Pro Bowler. Together they won another Super Bowl in their first season with the Bucs last February. Brady was the MVP of Super Bowl LV at Raymond James Stadium, throwing three touchdown passes. Gronkowski caught Brady’s first two scoring strikes.
This isn’t the first time Damon, who is personal friends with Brady, has sided with the seven-time Super Bowl champion over head coach Bill Belichick and Damon’s hometown Patriots. Damon recently went on the Bill Simmons podcast.
Bill Belichick and Tom Brady Photo by: USA Today
“It’s not even a bandwagon. I love Tom,” Damon said on The Bill Simmons Podcast, noting that he watched every Bucs game last season. “I love him. He’s a once-in-a-lifetime athlete for all of us who were lucky enough to be able to follow his entire career. I’m riding it all the way to the end. It’s not a bandwagon. I’m all in on that guy. I don’t, you know, the Patriots … I don’t … I’m following Tommy. Like I just, I want to see — I’m just so … the fact that he did that last year on a torn MCL? I mean just stop it, you know what I mean? It’s just awesome. It’s such a great story.”
“I was always a believer — you know, everybody does the ‘Was it Belichick or was it Brady?’ Belichick’s an amazing coach, but I never doubted that it wasn’t Brady. Yeah, because he’s on the field playing the game.”
Scott Reynolds is in his 25th year of covering the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as the vice president, publisher and senior Bucs beat writer for PewterReport.com. Author of the popular SR's Fab 5 column on Fridays, Reynolds oversees web development and forges marketing partnerships for PewterReport.com in addition to his editorial duties. A graduate of Kansas State University in 1995, Reynolds spent six years giving back to the community as the defensive line coach for his sons' Pop Warner team, the South Pasco Predators. Reynolds can be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org
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