Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady believes his split with the New England Patriots was handled "perfectly." Brady, who spent 20 seasons and won six Super Bowls with the Patriots, left the team after the 2020 season to join the Buccaneers.
This Sunday, Brady returns to Foxborough to face the Patriots for the first time since his deperture. "All those things are super personal," said Brady. "Everything was handled the right way. We handled everything as gracefully as we could.
It was an amazing time, it was handled perfectly. I think everyone understood where we were at -- the people involved in the situation. Things worked out the best for all of us. "We're all trying to do the best we can do now -- that's what happens in life.
You don't know where life is gonna lead. I think the only thing I know how to do is give it all I can in every day, every moment and the people who really bet on me, I want to do really well for them. [General manager] Jason [Licht] and [head coach] Bruce Arians -- with them coming into my life, and saying, 'Hey, we really want you here' -- it's been an amazing thing for me."
Not true that Bill Belichick didn't want to meet Brady
ESPN senior writer Seth Wickersham wrote in his book "It's Better to Be Feared" that Belichick didn't want to meet Brady prior to his departure.
"No, that's not true," Belichick said Wednesday when asked if he declined to meet with Brady prior to his departure. "There are a few things about this book; it sounds like it's a lot of second-, third- and fourth-hand comments.
I'm not going to get into that. I'm going to focus on this game and try to prepare for the Bucs." Brady is happy where is at with the Buccaneers. "I'm super excited about what we've got here," Brady said.
"I've got a great group of coaches here, an amazing group of guys that still motivate me and inspire me to be the best I can be for this team and this organization. I've just had a great last 18 months. It's been very fulfilling in a lot of different ways.
I love my football experience here as well. ... My 20 years in New England was incredible. I learned a lot. Coming out here for a year and a half, I've learned a lot so ... I have nothing but incredible thoughts, memories, emotions towards the football experiences I've had.
That's obviously been the longest. I still have a lot of great friends there, but they know I want to kick their butts this week."