Aaron Donald took a subtle shot at Tom Brady and the Bucs ahead of their playoff matchup. And Shannon Sharpe loved it.
In leading the Bucs to a 13-4 record and the No.2 seed in the NFC, Brady finished the 2021 regular season with 719 passing attempts, 485 completions, 5,316 passing yards and 43 touchdown passes. All of these make him just the third quarterback along with Drew Brees (2018) and Peyton Manning (2013) to lead the league in all four major statistical categories since 1991.
However, the LA Rams beat the Buccaneers 34-24 in Week 3, so will walk into their divisional-round matchup with the confidence that they can beat the reigning world champs.
And Aaron Donald seems to have just that. The Rams D-linemen is one of the greatest to ever play the game, and will not back down from Tom Brady and his status.
Barely enough Twitter characters to show how good the man is.
Tom Brady is the best QB of all times.
But Aaron Donald is the best football player Ever!
If you want to debate, get married. I’m busy. https://t.co/5U5WZItWUm
— Andrew Hawkins (@Hawk) January 15, 2022
Donald said: “It’s a new year. Respect what he did in the past, but it’s a whole new year”.
And Shannon Sharpe loved the confidence.
Shannon Sharpe backed Aaron Donald ahead of the matchup against Tom Brady.
Sharpe was asked about what he thought of Aaron Donald’s comments provoking Tom Brady.
“I love what Aaron Donald said. This is how I think a lot of guys feel, but I’m not sure they have the competence to verbalize it like Aaron Donald did. What was he supposed to say? Tom Brady is generational. He’s historically he’s transcendently great, whatever term you want to use greatness and however you want to define it. Tom Brady has a picture in the dictionary next to greatness. That’s what he’s been, great. He’s been clutch.”
“And so I think the thing is for Aaron Donald and his team to go in there and approach it like that. Do not be afraid of Tom Brady. Do not be in awe of Tom Brady. We’re going to respect him as a player and what he’s been able to accomplish. But those accomplishments doesn’t help him in this game,” said Sharpe.
.@ShannonSharpe on Aaron Donald provoking Tom Brady before Divisional matchup:
“It’s what he’s supposed to say. I think sometimes people get in awe of Tom Brady. You respect what the man has done, but that doesn’t have to do with anything in this game.” pic.twitter.com/afRydyQk2e
— UNDISPUTED (@undisputed) January 19, 2022
Aaron Donald and the Rams will prepare to face Brady and the Bucs on Sunday.