‘IGNORANT’ – Tom Brady Lashes Out at NFL Players Following Increase in Franchise Values

Published 08/06/2021, 9:04 AM EDT
TAMPA, FLORIDA – FEBRUARY 07: Tom Brady #12 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers looks on as the second quarter ends against the Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl LV at Raymond James Stadium on February 07, 2021 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)


Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady isn’t one to mince his words. Being around in the league for over two decades, the quarterback demands the respect that he deserves.

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Winning a record seven Super Bowls, the quarterback has grown from strength over the years to become arguably the best QB to have played the sport. And one reason behind Brady’s success is the respect he commands from other players. 

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Since his move to Tampa from New England, the quarterback said that he has found his voice. And that definitely seems to be true given the recent comments he had for his fellow NFL players. 

Tom Brady wants fellow NFL stars to wake up  

Forbes magazine recently released a report which suggested that NFL teams on average had seen a 14 per cent rise in valuation last year. This is despite the reduction in salary cap enforced for the upcoming NFL season. And that definitely isn’t something that sat well with Tom Brady. 

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Taking to Instagram, Tom Brady posted a story where he called out his fellow athletes for not seeing the bigger picture. Even with revenue being down due to the pandemic, teams saw a rise in overall valuation due to huge new television deals the league struck a day before the new salary cap restrictions were imposed.   

“The salary cap dropped by 20% and the new media deals were announced the day AFTER 2021 salary cap was set,” Brady wrote. “NFL players better wake up @nflpa. NFL players are IGNORANT,” said Brady in his Instagram story.

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Tom Brady looks over before his Super Bowl LV game against the Kansas City Chiefs. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers hosted the Chiefs on February 7, 2021 at Raymond James Stadium. (Photo by Cliff Welch/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

While these new deals will see an increase in the salary over the years to come, Tom Brady feels the players are not getting their fair due in 2021. And most of his wrath seems to be particularly directed towards the NFLPA.

The players though represented by the NFLPA had agreed on the current deal as part of the Collective Bargaining Agreement. Why Brady had nothing to say back then now seems like a bit of mystery. 

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But whatever it is that made Tom Brady reconsider could well make some other players follow suit. After all, that’s the power of Tom Brady.

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Shivayan Roy

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Shivayan Roy is currently an NFL writer at EssentiallySports. After completing his Masters Diploma in Journalism from the Asian College of Journalism, Roy functioned as a reporter for Goal.com and extensively covered the FIFA U-17 World Cup.

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