New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick walked into the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' locker room to meet with Tom Brady following Sunday Night Football game. The visiting Buccaneers claimed a 19-17 win over the Patriots in Brady's return to Foxboro.
"We've had a personal relationship for 20-plus years. He drafted me here. We had a lot of personal conversations that should remain that way. They're very private," Brady said. "I would say, so much is made of our relationship.
... Nothing is really accurate that I ever see. It definitely doesn't come from my personal feelings or beliefs." After 20 seasons and six Super Bowl victories, Brady left the Patriots in 2020 to join the Buccaneers.
"I feel good that we won," Brady said. "It was just some emotional moments thinking about coming up here and playing. I know why it's tough to come in here and win a game all these years. This team does a great job.
They make you earn it. It's a tough football environment. The crowd is into it. I'm just really happy we got a win."
Brady broke the all-time passing record
Following the game, Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians revealed he was frustrated that everyone tried make the game about Brady and Belichick.
"This is a team sport. ... I don't think Bill played a snap," Arians said. "He had 22 guys out there playing their ass off, and I knew they would. And we had 22 guys out there playing their asses off. One of 'em just happened to be named Brady."
Brady broke Drew Brees' all-time passing yards record. "It was awesome," Brady said. "I tried not to predict what was going to happen and how I would feel. Had a few emotional moments this week just thinking about the people that have really meant so much to me in my life and that are a part of this community.
Just very grateful for an amazing time here. Like I said, my football journey took me somewhere else, but I'm really enjoying that, and great to get a win." Brady is not a Patriot anymore but he has nothing but love for his former teammates.
"I couldn't run through the normal tunnel, so, yeah, just happened to be the opposite way. Just a lot of emotions," Brady said. "These guys are like my brothers. There are two groups of people: all my Bucs teammates that I love and I'm going to battle with every week; and then there is another group of guys that I see, and those are my friends that I been with for a long time ...
these are the people that I've shared my life with. Very grateful for everything they've kind of contributed to my life. Very blessed."