Tom Brady in for rude New England awakening: Patriots player


New York Post 17 July, 2021 - 08:11am 19 views

By Mark Fischer

July 17, 2021 | 9:11am | Updated July 17, 2021 | 10:19am

Patriots defensive tackle Byron Cowart won’t be rolling out the red carpet when Tom Brady makes his much-anticipated return to New England in October.

“We ain’t welcoming him, we just got to play him. There ain’t going to be no damn ceremony for him or nothing like that,” Cowart, who was a rookie during Brady’s last season with the Patriots, recently said on the “Patriots of Life” podcast. “(Fans) might clap for him, but… bro, this is our opponent. Bro, what? We like to win.”

There probably will be a ceremony for Brady, a future Hall of Famer who led the Patriots to six Super Bowls in 20 seasons before leaving for Tampa in 2020 and winning a championship with the Buccaneers.

“We should have a fun night,” Patriots owner Rob Kraft told TMZ in May of Brady’s homecoming. “Excited to have him. He’s a great guy and he did so much for us. I love him.”

It won’t be cheap for Patriots fans to welcome Brady back to Gillette Stadium for the primetime Week Four matchup, with tickets listed for as much as $8,000 on the secondary market.

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Patriots' Byron Cowart: Tom Brady is coming back as an opponent, no ceremonies for him - ProFootballTalk

NBC Sports 17 July, 2021 - 07:29am

When Tom Brady and the Buccaneers visit New England in Week Four, it will be one of the biggest regular-season games in NFL history, a player widely regarded as the best of all time returning to the place where he delivered six Super Bowl titles. But not everyone will be impressed.

Patriots defensive tackle Byron Cowart, whose rookie year was Brady’s last in New England, said he’ll treat Brady the way he’d treat any other opponent.

“He’s done a lot of things for this organization,” Cowart said on the Patriots Way of Life podcast. “He’s coming back, but he’s coming back as an opponent, so I’m going to treat it like any opponent.”

Cowart also said he doesn’t want the team to do anything special to welcome Brady back.

“We ain’t welcoming him, we just got to play him. There ain’t going to be no damn ceremony for him or nothing like that,” Cowart said. “They might clap for him, but there’s not going to be no— bro, this is our opponent. Bro, what? We like to win.”

Cowart is wrong about that, as the Patriots are sure to conduct a pregame ceremony to honor Brady’s contributions to the franchise. Once the game starts, however, Cowart is obviously correct that he should treat Brady the same way he would treat any opposing quarterback.

No ceremony to honor the player who brought much honor to the Patriots? Tell that to Mr. Kraft, kid.

As it should be. Sure, there will be a massive ovation, but there will be plenty of time in retirement to honor him in a few years.

Tom will love shredding that sorry excuse for a defense also!

Brady is lucky it isn’t worse.

I love this attitude and philosophically, he’s right. Fans will cheer but really the org shouldn’t do anything but we all know they will. This dude just scored so many points with BB though. He’s going to be his favorite player on this under 500 team.

They won’t need a ceremony, the fans will give him a huge welcome back ovation

They can give him a ceremony when he goes to the Pats HOF in a few years and find plenty of other ways to honor him once he finally retires

During the game, Cam will throw 200mph bullets at the feet of at least 4 receivers standing uncovered in the end zone, but put the most beautiful touch on 3 interceptions.

It’s going to be a rude awakening when BB reminds TB why he never should have left the greatest coach ever of all time in any sport.

I guess you’ve never heard of Scotty Bowman,Red Auerbach, Phil Jackson,John Wooden or Casey Stengel ALL with 9 or more championships in their sport. Brady proved last year it wasn’t BB responsible for those 6 titles.

Any kind of “ceremony” to honor Brady, who comes to Foxborough as an opponent, would be gauche, awkward and cringe-inducing. It will not happen.

Exactly! Until Brady came along, my only memories of the Patriots were Eason and Grogan being humiliated by the Bears defense in super bowl 20. Now I see them as the best organization in football, and after last season, I’m not so sure BB is responsible for it.

Cowart will learn that it would have been better to have kept his mouth shut.

Spoken like a true Coward… Er, I mean Cowart. My bad. 😨😂

I’ve never heard of this guy till this moment… know you’r place young man.

BB taught Brady everything he knows. Was everyone born in 2010 with their first memories of Brady in 2016?

He was terrible in postseasons from 2007-2012. Terrible.

Game manager Brady did very well taking BBs coaching early on protected by legendary Ds and STs groups. The 6th rd pick came in like a wet ball of clay and BB molded it.

Revisionist history doesn’t work and football is a team sport.

Who? Never heard of this guy.

Brady will tattoo Cowart’s quote on his chest and look at it everyday in the mirror until that game. Son don’t poke a lion.

Well I look at it as …. Wait and see. Brady could have an injury he is 43 bones no matter what your training regimen is you dont heal well and you definitely don’t take hits very well either . So like I said ill wait and see. I have called it every year for the last 10 years seeing which star was going to get hurt in that upcomming season. Time to pay your debt.

They should honor one of the SB champion teams–all his former teammates that retired as Patriots, or retire JE11’s number or something, but its not the time to honor TB12, that comes when he retires.

That some people continue to embrace the binary that it was either Brady or Belichick responsible for the decades long dominance is ridiculous. They needed each other to achieve that level of success, and neither would have seen it without the other.

With his “follow formations instead of receivers” system (the reason you often saw Patriots receivers wide open), Brady didn’t need Belichick. He could turn 50% of the coaches into genius.

Maybe Cowart, et al, should pay people to boo Brady and Gronk. That’s the only way to get the fans to not cheer for them.

Ah yes. One of Bill and Roberts favorite attributes in a player. Someone who speaks on matters that have nothing to do with him.

He was terrible in postseasons from 2007-2012. Terrible.

And yet Brady left both those games with leads late in the 4th only to watch BB’s defenses give up both games…. Why do you always seem to neglect these facts?

Man, am I glad that Brady is no longer a Patriot.

He had more success against the Bills than arguably any other athlete over any other team, in any sport. Almost 20 years.

That’s a serious long time. It’s awesome to finally have it in the past.

that anyone who thinks the defenses didnt help brady win at least three of his superbowls in ne wasnt paying attention.

Let me show you the right way of thinking:

What is hard is to have BOTH top defense and top offense, and Pats offense was ranked better than defense was though Belichick invested most on defense, WHY?

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Patriots player has message for Tom Brady ahead of Week 4 matchup

247Sports 17 July, 2021 - 03:11am

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The game is already being looked at as one of the biggest regular-season games in NFL history. However, not everyone is looking at it like that.

Patriots defensive tackle Byron Cowart said he’s going to treat the game like business as usual. Cowart was a rookie during Brady’s final season in New England.

Cowart also said the team won’t be doing anything special to welcome Brady back to town.

“We ain’t welcoming him, we just got to play him. There ain’t going to be no damn ceremony for him or nothing like that,” Cowart said. “They might clap for him, but there’s not going to be no— bro, this is our opponent. Bro, what? We like to win.”

On Thursday, Tampa Bay Times' Rick Stroud reported that Brady played on a partially torn medial collateral ligament in his left knee that he had sustained in his final season with the New England Patriots in 2019-20. However, NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport is reporting that Brady’s injury was more serious than a partial tear. According to Rapoport, it was a fully torn MCL that required surgery following the Super Bowl win.

Back in June, Brady first revealed that he was fighting a knee problem through the 2020 season.

“It was an injury I dealt with since last April, May,” Brady said. “I knew I would have to do something at the end of the year and I’m happy I did it. It was probably something that certainly needed to be done and there’s a great outcome. I’m very happy about that.”

While he physically wasn’t 100%, it clearly did not hold him back from his potential. After a tough stretch in November where the Bucs lost three of four games to fall to 7-5, a bye week allowed them to get back on track and finish the regular season winning the final four-game to hit the 11-5 mark and make the playoffs.

The Buccaneers were on the road for all three of their playoff games, beating Washington, New Orleans, and Green Bay to advance to the Super Bowl. In that game, the Buccaneers beat the defending champion Kansas City Chiefs, 31-9.

Brady will look to defend his team’s crown in 2021, but after an operation on his knee, it could impact the way Brady plays. But you won’t hear the six-time Super Bowl champion making any excuses if he struggles because of the injury.

In his first season with Tampa Bay, Brady completed 65.7% of his attempts for 4,633 yards with 40 touchdowns and 12 interceptions. In four playoff wins over Washington, New Orleans, Green Bay and Kansas City, Brady passed for 1,061 yards with 10 touchdowns and three interceptions.

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Report: Brady played entire season with torn MCL

ESPN 16 July, 2021 - 06:03am

Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady played the entirety of last season with a torn medial collateral ligament in his left knee, according to a report in the Tampa Bay Times.

Brady suffered the injury in his final season with the New England Patriots and it gradually worsened during his first year in Tampa, according to the report.

Brady, who was not listed on the injury report all season, underwent surgery to repair the knee in late February after leading the Buccaneers to a Super Bowl victory at age 43.

Brady has not discussed specifics about the surgery, saying only it was "pretty serious."

Brady suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament in the same knee during Week 1 of the 2008 season.

Buccaneers quarterbacks coach Clyde Christensen said in June he believed Brady's knee injury last season was a "nagging nuisance" that affected him all season.

"I don't think he was 100 percent last year," Christensen said, relaying a conversation he had with Brady the morning after the Bucs won Super Bowl LV. "His quote, or close to a quote was, 'Hey, I'm gonna get my knee fixed up and I'm gonna be better next year and you're gonna be excited about that.'"

Brady, who will turn 44 on Aug. 3, wore a brace on his left knee during the Buccaneers' Super Bowl boat parade. But wearing the brace is not uncommon for Brady, who also wears it when golfing and during other recreational activities.

The seven-time Super Bowl winner was named Super Bowl MVP for the fifth time in his career after passing for 201 yards and three touchdowns in Tampa Bay's 31-9 victory over the Kansas City Chiefs.

Brady passed for 4,633 yards and 40 touchdowns while leading the Bucs to an 11-5 record during the regular season.

Byron Cowart will treat Tom Brady ‘like any opponent’ in his return to Gillette Stadium

Pats Pulpit 16 July, 2021 - 05:00am

Related: The Patriots vs Buccaneers hype train has already left the station

It’s Tom versus Bill. The clash of the GOATs.

Needless to say that Tom Brady’s return to Foxborough for the first time since leaving the Patriots last offseason — going up versus head coach Bill Belichick and numerous long-time teammates in the process — will be a big one. Ticket prices also reflect this, with the most expensive costing more than $8,000.

For as many narratives are flying around the game, the players themselves see it as just another contest on their schedule. Among them is Patriots defensive tackle Byron Cowart, who recently spoke about the game during an appearance on the Weupnowgaming Twitch channel.

“He’s done a lot of things for this organization,” the third-year defender said. “He’s coming back, but he’s coming back as an opponent, so I’m going to treat it like any opponent.”

When the hosts began talking about the Patriots welcoming Brady back in his return, Cowart quickly interrupted.

“We ain’t welcoming him back. We just play him,” he said. “There ain’t going to be no damn ceremony for him or nothing like that ... They might clap for him, but there’s not going to be… This is our opponent. We like to win.”

Cowart and Brady are no strangers to one another, having spent the 2019 season on the team together. While Cowart was a fifth-round rookie who only saw marginal playing time, Brady had already won six Super Bowls at that point. He added a seventh after he left to join the Buccaneers last spring.

The young defender, however, is not feeling any added pressure having to go up against the greatest player in franchise and league history.

“It’s still a Boston mentality,” Cowart explained. “I’m trying to adapt the culture, but it’s like blue-collar, hard-working people. Like I said, love the guy. He did a lot for the community, the city, but he’s still an opponent.”

The Patriots and Buccaneers will meet on October 3.

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