Tom Brady sure seemed fired up for the Bucs-Patriots game in Week 4 after sounding off about it on Wednesday. Not Bucs quarterback Thomas Edward Patrick Brady Jr, though, but the father of the GOAT, Tom Brady Sr.
The elder Brady called into the radio show “Zolak and Bertrand” on 98.5 The Hub in Boston and relayed his enthusiasm about his son returning to Foxborough with the defending Super Bowl champion Bucs for a matchup against the team that he was a part of for 20 years. Brady Sr. also had some bold predictions to make.
“I started salivating when I saw that we play the Patriots in the fourth game of the season,” Brady Sr. said. “And that we’re coming up there to make our record 4-0…We expect to beat the Patriots handily.”
You can see where the younger Brady got his confidence from growing up.
The magnitude of this game is off the charts given that it’s the first time since joining the Bucs that Brady and tight end Rob Gronkowski will play against their former team and head coach Bill Belichick.
For years many have questioned whether it was Brady or Belichick that deserves the most credit for the Patriots’ dynasty. The duo combined for six Super Bowl titles in nine appearances as a quarterback-coach duo. Brady won four Super Bowl MVPs and three regular season MVPs under Belichick
Right now Brady has the upper hand in the argument after winning Super Bowl LV in his first season with the Bucs. He added his fifth Super Bowl MVP to go with it. Meanwhile, Belichick and the Patriots went 7-9 and missed the playoffs for the first time since 2008.
Will Patriots Fans Welcome Bucs’ Brady?
How will Brady be received by Patriots fans when he returns? His dad feels that the reception will be warm until the competitive juices naturally kick in.
“I think that the fans at Gillette will embrace him until the opening kickoff, and then they’ll boo the hell out of him,” Brady Sr. said. “I think the fans appreciate everything he did for them for 20 years, but at the same time they’re Patriots’ fans.”
Brady Sr. assured that despite the breakup, there’s no malice between either side. Brady even poked fun at the pending game on Twitter with some classic Brady humor.
There’s also a chance that history is made in this Sunday Night Football Game with the GOAT seeking another record. Brady trails Drew Brees by only 1,154 yards for first on the NFL’s all-time passing yards list. The Bucs signal caller would need to average 288.5 yards over his first four games, opening the door to achieve this accomplishment in his old stomping grounds. Over the Bucs’ 2020 season, Brady averaged 289.6 passing yards per game.
You can listen to Zolak and Bertrand’s full discussion with Brady Sr. here.