Much has been made about Bucs quarterback Tom Brady’s departure from New England after 20 years and six Super Bowls with the Patriots, but there really appears to be no bad blood between he and his former team. In an interview with Sports Illustrated’s Albert Breer, Patriots owner Robert Kraft was vocal about his appreciation for Brady and happy to see the 21-year veteran finding success in Tampa Bay.

“Well, I was really happy for him,” Kraft said. “He’s a great guy and he gave us 20 wonderful years, and he made the choice to do what he wanted to do. Look, I wasn’t that happy to see him leave, but we gave him that opportunity to do it. And I want to say if we’re not going to win, and someone’s got to do it, I’m happy for him. He deserves it.”

Kraft then laughed, and said, “I’m not normally that polite.”

Brady, 43, recently signed a one-year extension with the Bucs that will keep him in Tampa Bay through the 2022 season. He’ll pursue Super Bowl victory No. 8 and Super Bowl appearance No. 11 this season, fresh on the heels of a remarkable 4,600-yard, 40-touchdown season with the Bucs. It marked the fifth-most yards Brady has ever thrown for in a season, and the second-most touchdowns.

As for the Patriots, they floundered to 7-9 with Cam Newton at quarterback, although much of their struggles were due to a poor roster and the quarterback’s struggle to stay healthy. A spending spree in free agency has increased the amount of talent around Newton for the 2021 season, but the Patriots will still be underdogs to the Buffalo Bills in the AFC East.

The Bucs and Patriots will meet this upcoming season, as Brady seeks to become the fourth quarterback in NFL history to defeat all 32 teams.

You can read the full interview with Kraft right here.

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9 months ago

TL/DR : Kraft said the only thing that keeps him alive, after watching the death of his team, was the 24/7 visits to massage parlors ;)

Reply to  Chiizy613
9 months ago


9 months ago

I’m sure Giselle told Tom we’re out of here. You think she wants her daughter around that guy? You think Brady wants his wife around that guy. I think not. They got the hell out of there.

Reply to  Buc76
9 months ago

Good call man. I never thought of that. Because I’m privy to a lot more of the situation, living in Boston. And it came up multiple times on Boston sports talk radio, that Giselle made it very clear she wanted him to retire, and hated living in Boston. Yet, the second he came here to Tampa, nobody has heard a single word from her about hating Tampa, or wanting him to retire. So it makes you wonder if, what she really wanted, was to get her, Tom, and her kids away from someone like Kraft. It makes sense. Because the… Read more »

Last edited 9 months ago by Dave
Reply to  Dave
9 months ago

Good points

Reply to  Buc76
9 months ago

Would make sense. For all their faults, you have never heard of a scandal like that with the Glazers. While I’m a big supporter of whatever is done between two consenting adults is their own business, it’s still a big elephant in the room to have to explain to your children what all of that means. The Glazers seem to conduct themselves extremely above-board.

Reply to  eaustinyoung
9 months ago

Gimme a break, an old man (not married) got a happy ending at a massage parlor. Who exactly cares?
This has zero to do with Brady leaving NE. Kraft was the only reason he put up with Belichick for as long as he did.
The Giselle comments are nonsense, except for the fact that she wasn’t really interested in staying in the Boston area, warm weather gal.
Kraft is a fine owner as are the Glazers.