Washington Football Team rookie defensive end Chase Young doesn't feel sorry for calling out six-time Super Bowl champion Tom Brady ahead of the wild-card game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. After Washington beat the Philadelphia Eagles to clinch a playoff meeting against the Buccaneers, Young was caught screaming: "Tom Brady, Tom Brady, I'm coming!
I want Tom! I want Tom." When asked about his comments several days later, Young acknowledged that he's simply excited to play against the "greatest player of all time." "I play ball," Young said.
"I'm excited to go against the best. The media, their job is to stir it up. If you know me, I'm excited for every game. Tom Brady, you think I'm not excited to play against the GOAT? You trippin' I'm not going to apologize for saying I want Tom.
No, I want every quarterback I play against."
Young dreams of sacking Brady
"Ask any edge rusher in the league who they want to sack and most might say Tom Brady," Young said. Washington head coach Ron Rivera said Young's comments would become bulletin board material for Tampa.
"They'll have fun with it. You've got to chalk it up to youthful exuberance, but that's who Chase is," Rivera said. "I do cringe, but at the same time I smile at it because he loves playing the game.
I think that's what it's all about. That's who Chase is. That's the kind of guy we want on our football team." Meanwhile, Brady spoke extremely highly of Young. "He's obviously a great young player," Brady said.
"We've got our hands full with that D-line, one of the best D-lines in the league so, Chase is a great young player. Went to Ohio State, so naturally I think the Ohio State-Michigan thing wears off on 'em a little bit.
I understand that. We're prepared for a tough challenge, and it should be a fun game." Brady wasn't the only Buccaneer to drop a praise on Young as Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians did the same. "He's a hell of a player," Arians said.
"Obviously, making him a captain as a rookie speaks volumes. Both those kids from Ohio State -- him and [Terry] McLaurin -- are great kids. He's a handful, but so is [Montez] Sweat, [Daron] Payne, the rest of those guys.
Ryan Kerrigan -- I've had a ton of respect for [him] for a long time. We'll have our hands full, but it's one of those games where you better watch what you wish for."