The 2020 free agency period that resulted in Tom Brady landing on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will forever be remembered as a league-altering moment. The legendary quarterback took his talents to Tampa and won his seventh Super Bowl, adding to his already elite résumé.
Brady might’ve picked up another Lombardi Trophy and set up his return to the Bucs in 2021, but he still hasn’t fully let that time period go. Earlier this offseason, the 43-year-old quarterback blasted the organizations that passed on him in free agency in 2020.
Brady still seems to be using those franchises as fuel to keep him motivated. When the Buccaneers quarterback saw another opportunity to bash those teams recent and didn’t let the chance go by.
“There’s private things for me that are going to remain motivational for me. They know who they are,” the Buccaneers quarterback told Meirov, saying that he said he wouldn’t reveal the names of the teams that he was referencing earlier this offseason. “Yeah, they know. It’s fine. Everyone’s got a choice to chose. I think what you realize is there’s not as many smart people as you think. I think it’d be a no-brainer if you said, ‘Hey, you’ve got a chance to get Wayne Gretzky on your team, or you got a chance to have Michael Jordan on your team.’
“… In my mind, I’m kind of thinking, ‘well let me go show those team what they’re missing.’ At the same time, let me go prove to the team that did bet on me and the team that showed they really wanted me, and committed to me, that I’m not going to let them down.”
Tom Brady says he can’t believe teams passed on signing him when he was a free agent: “I think it’d be a no-brainer if you said, ‘Hey, you’ve got a chance to get Wayne Gretzky on your team, or you got a chance to have Michael Jordan on your team.’“
— Ari Meirov (@MySportsUpdate) July 22, 2021
Brady never seems to let any perceived slight go by him and it seems like he’s still holding onto this one, even after winning a Super Bowl with the Buccaneers. There’s no doubt that this specific mentality has helped contribute to his tremendous success over the years, so maybe he’s looking for something to motivate him in 2021.
The Buccaneers will have an opportunity to repeat as Super Bowl champs next February. If they do, maybe Brady will then let the past be the past.