Tom Brady Reveals Last Conversation With Bill Belichick Before Leaving New England

Published 10/02/2021, 1:43 PM EDT
ATLANTA, GA – FEBRUARY 03: Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots talks to head coach Bill Belichick of the New England Patriots after the Patriots defeat the Rams 13-3 during Super Bowl LIII at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on February 3, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)


Tom Brady and Bill Belichick helped New England Patriots establish a dynasty in the NFL over the first two decades of the 21st century. Together, the pair terrorized defenses across the league over a period of 20 years. Hence, Brady’s exit from Massachusetts was met with widespread grief from the New England faithful.

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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)

In a move that surprised critics as well, Brady signed a 2-year deal with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He went on lead the Bruce Arians-coached franchise to the Super Bowl LV title in just his first season with the franchise.

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Now, a little more than a year since his departure, Tom Brady is set to return to Foxborough amidst much fanfare and tears.

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Tom Brady speaks about his last conversation with Belichick before exit

Speaking to the media ahead of Sunday’s Patriots vs Bucs showdown, Tom Brady revealed that the last conversation he had with Bill Belichick before leaving Boston was on a cellphone, not in person.

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“All of those things are super personal. We had a great relationship. I think it was handled the right way. We handled everything as gracefully as we could. It was an amazing time. It was handled perfectly. I think everyone understood where we were at, the people involved in the situation. Things worked out for the best for all of us and we’re all trying to do the best we can do now. That’s what happens in life. You go through these experiences, you don’t know where life’s going to lead. And I think the only thing I know how to do is give it all I can in every day, moment.”

HOUSTON, TX – FEBRUARY 05: Head coach Bill Belichick of the New England Patriots and Tom Brady #12 celebrate after winning 34-28 over the Atlanta Falcons in Super Bowl 51 at NRG Stadium on February 5, 2017 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

“That’s ultimately what this week is about. It’s not about the quarterback, it’s not about the fans or the home crowd or relationships of 20 years. It’s about two good football teams going at it, and we’ve got to do a great job and it’s going to be a huge test. Last week was a huge test and we didn’t quite meet it. This is another huge test; we’ve got to go meet the challenge,” Brady said via Bucswire.

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All eyes will be on the 44-year old quarterback who will endure an emotional outing on Sunday. Arguably, this game might feel like a Super Bowl for Brady. But then again, that’s when he plays his best football. You can’t afford to miss this one.

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Daniel Arambur is an NFL writer and content strategist for EssentiallySports.With more than 1,000 articles, he is one of the senior writers in the NFL cohort at ES. A mass media graduate from the University of Mumbai, Daniel has found the perfect blend of vocation and passion in the sports content niche.

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