Tom Brady is one of the all-time greats to NFL fans around the world. With an incredible history in the sport and over two decades as a star quarterback, Brady made a highly publicized switch from New England to Tampa Bay in 2020.
After such a lengthy tenure in football and so many incredible games, not to mention seven Super Bowl wins, it makes sense that Brady would develop deep rivalries. Recently, he opened up about the one NFL team he loves beating the most: the New York Giants.
Why Tom Brady loves beating the Giants more than any other NFL team
In a recent episode of his podcast, Let’s Go! With Tom Brady, Larry Fitzgerald, and Jim Gray, Tom Brady was asked which team he loves beating the most. As reported by Yahoo Sports, Brady replied:
“Holy cow, that’s a good question. The team I would love to beat the most is the Giants, there’s no doubt about that because they’ve taken away some really, you know — I’ve always joked with Eli [Manning] but, yeah, and I think he likes that I bring it up all the time. So to bring it up again, I do not like losing to those guys, so when we beat them I love that.”
Brady’s answer might seem somewhat surprising. But there’s a good reason why the football star would find particular joy in beating the New York Giants.
Brady’s rivalry with the New York Giants
Tom Brady’s rivalry with the New York Giants comes down to his two big Super Bowl losses. Both times that the QB played the team in the Super Bowl, he lost. And those losses are considered the biggest defeats of his historic career. The first occurred in Super Bowl XLII to close out the 2007 season; Brady’s second loss to the Giants took place at the end of the 2011 season in Super Bowl 46.
On the other end of the spectrum, Brady has no animosity toward his former team, the Patriots. On the podcast, he admitted, “The team I like to beat the least is obviously the Patriots. Again, those are my guys, man. Those are the other warriors that I went to battle with for so long.”
Tom Brady’s lengthy history with the New England Patriots
Brady joined the New England Patriots in 2001 and quickly rose to fame. For 20 seasons, the now-44-year-old was the most public-facing member of the New England Patriots, earning acclaim for his intensity and dedication.
As the oldest player to earn Super Bowl MVP and the oldest NFL MVP, Brady has been in the game a long time. Many of his fans expected him to stay with the Patriots until retirement. So it shocked many when Brady signed a contract with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in early 2020.
Many fans might believe that Brady would have a vested interest in beating his old team at every opportunity, especially after so much history. But it’s clear he has great respect for Bill Belichick’s team — even after he defeated them this season, 19-17.