Patriots Player Says Tom Brady Won’t Get a Fairytale Homecoming When He Returns to Foxborough

Published 07/17/2021, 11:05 AM EDT
BALTIMORE, MARYLAND – NOVEMBER 03: Quarterback Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots looks on before playing against the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium on November 3, 2019 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Will Newton/Getty Images)


All eyes will be glued to Foxborough Stadium during Week 4 of the 2021 NFL season. The reason? Tom Brady returns to New England. The same franchise he established a dynasty with over the past two decades. 

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During his time with the Patriots, Brady won six Super Bowls, three MVP awards, and went from being the #199th pick in the 2000 NFL Draft to become one arguably the greatest quarterback to have played the sport. 

After the 2019 season though, the New England Patriots decided to part ways with their franchise QB. Signing with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, there was genuine intrigue as to whether the QB had it in him to carry the Bucs to success. 

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And boy did he silence the doubters. Winning Super Bowl LV, Brady won his seventh ring and his first while not being a Patriots player. 

Now set to the take on his former side at their home stadium, the atmosphere should be electric. And Patriots defensive tackle Byron Cowart said that the QB shouldn’t expect any pleasantries from his former team.  

Tom Brady is nothing but another opponent  

Appearing on the Patriots Way of Life podcast, Cowart said that while Tom Brady has helped the franchise achieve immense success over the years, he will walk into Gillette Stadium as just another opponent to beat. 

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

Jan 3, 2021; Tampa, Florida, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady (12) reacts after they score a touchdown during the first quarter against the Atlanta Falcons at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

The defensive tackle also said that he expects his teammates to do the same. And a special ceremony for Tom Brady? No chance.

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“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. “This is our opponent… We like to win,” he added.

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We can’t be sure as to what the Patriots have in plan for Tom Brady. But one can expect the franchise to show its appreciation for the years of blood, sweat, and tears he had dedicated to the franchise. 

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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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