New England Patriots Owner Robert Kraft Looking Forward to Welcoming Tom Brady Back

Published 05/15/2021, 11:14 AM EDT
FOXBOROUGH, MASSACHUSETTS – AUGUST 29: Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots looks on from the bench during the preseason game between the New York Giants and the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium on August 29, 2019 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)


Perhaps no regular-season game in NFL history has had as much hype surrounding it as the Week 4 clash between the New England Patriots and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

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While the Buccaneers will visit Gillette Stadium as the defending Super Bowl champions, it is the return of Tom Brady to where it all began that steals the thunder.

The Bucs QB spent 20 seasons with the franchise after being drafted with the 199th overall pick back in 2000. Since then, Brady helped the franchise win 6 Super Bowl titles. 

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Moving on in 2020 as a free agent, Brady signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and incredibly won yet another Super Bowl with his new team. But last season, Brady did not meet his former employers en route to the Super Bowl.

All that will change come October 3, 2021. 

Tom Brady always welcome at Foxboro

With arguably the greatest of all time set to face his former franchise, all eyes will be glued to the television sets once Week 4 of the upcoming season rolls around. 

And while fans have shared their excitement about the same on social media, Patriots’ Robert Kraft weighed in with his thoughts about Brady’s homecoming. 

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“Excited to have him,” Kraft said, talking to TMZ Sports. “He’s a great guy, and he did so much for us. I love him.”

Kraft and Tom Brady have long been known to share a cordial relationship. After all, Brady is the QB who turned his franchise’s fortunes around.

Kraft is reasonably excited about Brady’s return. But currently, his sight is set on taking on the Miami Dolphins in the opening fixture of the upcoming season.  

“We should have a fun night. But I’m excited for Week One when we play Miami,” said the Patriots owner.

The Patriots have been looking for a replacement for Brady ever since his departure. And they believe that they may have found their answer through the draft of Alabama QB Mac Jones.

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Jones is seen as the long-term answer. But QB Cam Newton is likely to start for the Patriots till Jones gets comfortable with his surroundings.  

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When quizzed further as to whom he’d like to see as his team’s starter, Kraft jokingly said that Head Coach Bill Belichick gets paid to decide exactly that.

FOXBORO, MA – JANUARY 16: Tom Brady #12 and head coach Bill Belichick of the New England Patriots shake hands at the start of the AFC Divisional Playoff Game against the Kansas City Chiefs at Gillette Stadium on January 16, 2016 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

“I pay Bill a lot of money. Let him decide,” said Kraft with a tongue-in-cheek response. 

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With fans excited for what is to be a generational clash, which side do you think will emerge victorious?

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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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