Tom Brady says his departure from the Patriots was ‘perfectly handled’
Since Tom Brady left the New England Patriots after 20 years and six Super Bowls, the details of his departure have been dissected and scrutinized from almost every angle.
As he prepares to return to Gillette Stadium for the first time as an opponent for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday night, Brady continues to answer questions about his previous relationship and subsequent breakup.
Asked about Patriots head coach Bill Belichick speaking with Brady on the phone rather than in person when he left New England, the GOAT hit the high road.
“All of these things are super personal,” Brady said. “We had a great relationship. I think it was handled the right way. We handled everything as gracefully as possible. It was an incredible time. It was perfectly managed. I think everyone understood where we were, the people involved in the situation. Things have worked out for the best for all of us and we are all trying to do our best now. “
“This is what happens in life,” Brady continued. “You go through these experiences, you don’t know where life is going to take you. And I think the only thing I know how to do is give all I can every day, every moment. And the people who really bet on me, I really want to do well for them. [General Manager] Jason [Licht] and [Head Coach] Bruce [Arians], I think they walked into my life and said, “Hey, we really want you here,” was an amazing thing for me.
As reunion intrigue swirls this week, Brady does his best to stay focused on the task at hand, which bounces back from a disappointing Week 3 loss to the Los Angeles Rams.
“I’m just excited to go out there and try to beat a really good football team,” Brady said. “This is finally the topic of this week. It’s not about the quarterback, it’s not about the fans or the local audience or the 20-year-old connections. These are two good football teams, and we have to do a great job. It’s going to be a huge test. Last week was a huge test and we didn’t quite pass it. This is another huge test; we must rise to the challenge.