Among the dignitaries offering congratulations to Tom Brady following Sunday’s triumph in the NCF title game was his old boss.
No, not Bill Belichick. A little higher up.
The Boston Herald, citing Brady’s dad, reported Patriots owner Robert Kraft was among those reaching out to the Bucs quarterback shortly after Tampa Bay’s 31-26 triumph in Green Bay that clinched Brady’s 10th Super Bowl berth.
“Robert’s been a spectacular owner for 25 years,” Tom Brady Sr. said. “He is sincere in his feelings for Tommy when he expresses his feelings, and it’s vice versa. Tommy feels the same way with Robert Kraft. He has an extraordinarily close relationship with him. I know Robert is rooting for Tommy right now.”
As for Brady’s old coach, the elder Brady quipped: “I’m guessing (Belichick’s) on a little bit of a hot seat right now.”
Brady, who led New England to six Super Bowl titles in 20 seasons, announced in March he wouldn’t re-sign with the team, then signed a two-year, $50 million deal (with incentives) with the Bucs shortly thereafter. Cam Newton replaced Brady as quarterback in New England, which finished 7-9 and missed the playoffs for the first time since 2008.
“Every year teams cut people, and people cut with teams. Guys move,” Brady Sr. told the Herald.
“Quarterbacks move, whether it’s Joe Montana or Brett Favre or Peyton Manning or whomever. It didn’t take too much of a crystal ball to know that at some point in time, there would be a finality to Tommy’s relationship with the Patriots.”
In his inaugural season with the Bucs, Brady threw for 4,633 yards and 40 regular-season touchdown passes — his most since 2007 — leading Tampa Bay to the postseason for the first time since 2007.
“He is every bit as much enthused about winning the Super Bowl this year for his teammates than he is for himself,” Brady Sr. said. “He said, ‘I’ve done this before, and it’s really cool. But there’s a lot of guys who haven’t done this. And this is what’s going to be crazy exciting for me.”