As Tom Brady prepares for his second year with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, it will feature his first career matchup against the New England Patriots. Brady will take the field at Gillette Stadium as an opposing player, which will draw plenty of emotion from him and fans alike. Before he reaches that point, the star quarterback just voiced a telling admission concerning his NFL future.
Tom Brady experiences immediate success after Patriots’ departure
Brady‘s decision to leave the Patriots after two decades drew plenty of scrutiny.
The star quarterback took complete control of his NFL future to land with another franchise to compete for a Super Bowl. He quickly made the most of the opportunity by guiding the Buccaneers to its second-ever championship.
Brady’s immediate success with Tampa Bay does nothing but strongly harken back to his departure from New England. With his first return lined up to play his first game back in Foxborough, he dropped a telling nugget of information concerning his NFL future.
Tom Brady reveals telling admission about his first game against the Patriots
As the 2021 season draws closer, it attracts more attention to Brady‘s first return to Foxborough as an opposing player.
The Buccaneers will head to Gillette Stadium in Week 4’s Sunday night game on Oct. 3. During a recent interview on SiriusXM Radio with Jim Gray, Brady touched upon his initial emotions concerning playing at the place where he played his first 20 NFL seasons.
“Going back to Foxborough, it’s superb. The last time probably in my career,” he said. “There’s a lot to happen between now and then and obviously I know the challenge of beating a great team like that, great organization, great players, so many friends that are still on the team that were — and still are — my brothers. Unfortunately, we’re just going to be on different sides of the stadium this time around.
“I’ve got a lot of familiarity playing in the stadium. We’ve got to first get to training camp and see what we’re going to be and then get through the first three weeks of the year, but I’m sure it’ll be a great opportunity for me to go back to a place that I know as well as anywhere. It”l be a great day for football.”
Brady is taking the calculated approach of admiration and appreciation for his two decades spent with the Patriots. He established himself as one of the game’s greatest players with the franchise while creating everlasting relationships with many within the organization.
It’s hard not to look at what led to his departure, but that is a topic that will become more prominent as the matchup draws closer. Beyond that, it’s quite clear Brady has that game circled on his calendar.
Inching closer to NFL retirement
What also stood out from Brady‘s comments concerning his first return to Gillette Stadium is him voicing it may be his last.
The 43-year-old is under contract through the next two seasons, but there’s no guarantee he will play beyond that point. The NFL schedule makers lined up this matchup in hopes of it providing a storyline-filled game.
The seven-time Super Bowl champion voiced he won’t know his NFL future beyond his current deal, but it finally sounds like he’s getting closer to the end of the road. All that only further underlines the gravity of the Week 4 matchup, where there will undoubtedly be plenty of emotion from the fans and the star quarterback.
Regardless of how many more years Brady plays, his first return to Foxborough will be must-see TV.