Tom Brady Claims Last Thing Antonio Brown Wants to Do is ‘Let Him Down’ in Emotional Interview

Published 09/25/2021, 12:22 PM EDT
TAMPA, FLORIDA – JANUARY 03: Antonio Brown #81 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers celebrates a touchdown with Tom Brady #12 during a game against the Atlanta Falcons at Raymond James Stadium on January 03, 2021 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)


Life in the NFL is like living in the fast lane. One moment you’re the talk of the town, next you’re down in the trenches taking fire from all sides. Experienced league wideout Antonio Brown is a perfect example of the above. Once regarded as the best wide receiver of the modern NFL era, Brown’s off-field issues have taken centre stage in recent years.

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Jan 3, 2021; Tampa, Florida, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Antonio Brown (81) runs with the ball as Atlanta Falcons cornerback A.J. Terrell (24) attempted to defend during the second half at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

However, Bruce Arians-led Tampa Bay Buccaneers, on the advice of quarterback Tom Brady, offered AB an opportunity to redeem himself in 2020. Brown penned a short-term deal with the Bucs following the conclusion of his 8-game ban.

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He played a crucial role in post-season last year as the Bucs won the Super Bowl LV title. He even caught a touchdown pass from Brady in the finale as the Pirates defeated the Kansas City Chiefs by a 9-31 scoreline.

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Tom Brady gets candid while talking about teammate Antonio Brown

Reigning Super Bowl MVP Tom Brady made a recent appearance on the How Leaders Lead podcast, hosted by David Novak. While on the show, he was asked to comment on Antonio Brown’s resurection with the Buccaneers. Here’s what the 44-year old had to say in response to that.

“Look, I played with Antonio. And I really like him, we have a great connection. He has a high football IQ. He’s extremely talented. And I feel like I can count on him. And we need to have a personal relationship, Antonio, and I and we do. The last thing Antonio wants is to let me down, and I don’t want to let him down and I think when I’m around other great players, that’s great motivation.”

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“If they’re bringing their best, I’ve got to bring my best. And Antonio had a relationship with Bruce. Our head coach really liked Antonio, he made the ultimate decision to say, ‘Look, and I’m not going in there to tell anyone what to do’. I’m not. My job is quarterback, I’m not there to tell coaches what to do….I think that I can really help here. So if we choose, if you guys choose to bring him in, I’m all for it. And I’m going to do everything I can to help you make it successful. And I think that’s what my role is, I don’t want to be the general manager, I don’t want to be the head coach, I want to do my job.”

TAMPA, FLORIDA – NOVEMBER 08: Antonio Brown #81 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers gestures before the game against the New Orleans Saints at Raymond James Stadium on November 08, 2020 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

“But when it comes to my job, I want to support the things that they’re trying to accomplish too. And again, that just comes from communication with myself and Bruce, myself and Jason Licht, who’s our GM and, you know, I think that’s how you get things done,” Brady said in the interview.

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AB featured for Tampa Bay in both their opening games of the season. However, he was place on the Covid-19/Reserved list ahead of this weekend’s clash against the Los Angeles Rams.

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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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