Tom Brady caused a huge wave of speculation a month ago after his appearance on “The Shop”, where he revealed that a team passed up on him in the 2020 offseason.
Candid Tom Brady is the best Tom Brady. Ever since his 2020 move to Tampa, he has in many ways reinvented his images, turning his former haters into fans.
A good example of this was his hilarious yet insightful appearance on HBO’s “The Shop”. He spoke about a number of topics like the media and his Super Bowl draught, but one story stuck out in particular.
He claimed there was a team that initially wanted him during Free Agency in 2020, but pulled out at the end. A clip from the show of Brady taking a dig at the mystery team’s current QB went viral where he said, “You’re going with that motherfu**ker?”
“Looking back, I’m thinking ‘There’s no fuc-ing way I would’ve gone to that team. They said they didn’t want me! I know what that means! I know what that feels like! And I’m going to f— you up because of that.”pic.twitter.com/DZ32TnRdI5
— Dov Kleiman (@NFL_DovKleiman) June 26, 2021
Tom Brady on team which passed on him: “They know who they are … it’s fine.”
The 43-year old, who’s fresh off his NFL record 7th Super Bowl win, recently spoke with Jim Gray from SiriusXM. During their lengthy discussion, Gray tried his best to get Brady to reveal the identity of the famed “motherf**ker”.
However, Brady didn’t bite. Instead, he had this to say: “There’s private things for me that are going to remain motivational for me. They know who they are … it’s fine. Everyone has a choice to choose. I think what you realize is, there’s not as many smart people as you think.”
“That’s just the reality. I think it’d be a no-brainer if you said, ‘Hey, you’ve got a chance to get Wayne Gretzky on your team, or you got a chance to have Michael Jordan on your team.’ … ‘Oh, we don’t need him, no thanks. We’re good.’
“In my mind, I’m kind of thinking, ‘OK, let me go show those teams what they’re missing.’ At the same time, let me go prove to the team that did bet on me, and the team that really showed they really wanted me, and committed to me, that I’m not going to let them down.”
Of course, a lot of team names have been thrown around. The Raiders were at one point generally considered the obvious answer, until Derek Carr publicly denied it.
Other teams in the mix were the 49ers and Bears, and they both make sense considering their situations at QB were less than ideal in 2020 until they drafted hopeful future stars this year.