Tom Brady politely passes on “owning” the New York Jets
Tom Brady has earned nearly $300 million over the course of his legendary NFL career. He’s not willing to crack open his checkbook for the New York Jets, however.
Speaking with former NFL receiver Larry Fitzgerald and longtime reporter Jim Gray, Brady recapped a rare Sunday where he was able to take in all the NFL action, as his Tampa Bay Buccaneers were Thursday victors over Philadelphia.
The conversation steered toward Aaron Rodgers’ antics during the Green Bay Packers’ 24-14 win over the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field. After Rodgers scored a fourth-quarter touchdown that more or less pushed the game into Green Bay’s hands, Fox Sports caught the quarterback informing Bears fans that “I still own you!”.
Sunday’s win improved Rodgers’ record against the Bears to 22-5, a tally that includes a victory in the 2011 NFC title game that led to his triumph in Super Bowl XLV.
In a video released by SiriusXM’s official NFL social channel, Gray asks Brady if he’s willing to claim ownership on some of his former AFC East rivals. After all, Brady’s New England endeavors yielded a 30-8 record against the Jets and a 32-3 mark over the Buffalo Bills.
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Brady brushes off the idea of owning the Bills, claiming he wants to “own a few things less than that.” When it comes to the Jets, however, Brady can’t resist slipping in one last barb toward Gang Green.
“I’ll just take the color green. I don’t need the Jets,” Brady remarks. “I’ll just own the color green. I think that’s a little bit better.”
— SiriusXM NFL Radio (@SiriusXMNFL) October 20, 2021
Brady and the Jets share a cursed bond from a New York standpoint. A fateful September 2001 meeting introduced Brady to the NFL world when he entered the game in relief of the injured Drew Bledsoe. New York won that game but Brady shifted momentum to the New England side, where it has remained ever since to the tune of six Super Bowl titles.
Despite Brady’s realistic and understandable potential claim of ownership, the Jets did steal a Divisional playoff victory from the Patriots in January 2011. To date, it’s the Jets’ most recent postseason victory.
The Jets (1-4) will take on Brady’s former Patriot comrades on Sunday afternoon in New England (1 p.m. ET, CBS). They’ll have a chance to take on Brady in the penultimate week of the season, as Tampa Bay is slated to visit East Rutherford on Jan. 2.
Geoff Magliocchetti is on Twitter @GeoffJMags
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