WATCH: Tom Brady And Bill Belichick Share An Awkward Hug After Patriots vs Buccaneers Fixture

Published 10/04/2021, 7:30 AM EDT
FOXBOROUGH, MA – JANUARY 21: Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots celebrates with head coach Bill Belichick after winning the AFC Championship Game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at Gillette Stadium on January 21, 2018 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)


There was a lot of speculations about how Tom Brady and Bill Belichick would exchange pleasantries after their matchup at Foxborough. Will it be a handshake, or a shoulder tap, or a hug? However, they clearly exchanged something in midfield that didn’t seem welcoming at all.

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After the game ended and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers emerged victorious in the rain-soaked Gillette Stadium. Brady got surrounded by cameras, staff and other players trying to catch a glimpse of the GOAT. But then came the Patriots coach, Bill Belichick, who gave the 44-year-old a quick hug. And boy, was that hug cold.

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An unfortunate loss for the Patriots in the end

Probably Belichick would have been super annoyed with the Patriots’ placekicker, Nick Folk, for missing the supposed match-winning field goal in the last minute of the fourth quarter. That moment handed the Buccaneers their third win of the season.

However, Bill Belichick and Tom Brady shared kind words for each other before their matchup on Sunday. Bill regards Brady as the best QB a coach could ever have and he also admitted that it was because of Brady that he could lead New England Patriots to win six titles.

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What’s going on between Tom Brady and Bill Belichick?

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Tom Brady himself believes that Bill Belichick is one of the best coaches in the NFL and all duly respected and revered his methods. However, their awkward exchange in the midfield after the game did not really exhibit the same love and respect that they talked about prior to the game.

However, unlike with Belichick, Brady seemed to have lengthy embraces with other Patriots staff members and players, especially with his former offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels and special teams ace Matthew Slater.

Oct 3, 2021; Foxboro, MA, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady (12) runs off the field after the win over the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Paul Rutherford-USA TODAY Sports

Was their momentary hug just a formality amid tense rivalry, or do they share a complicated friendship? What are your thoughts on the matter? Do let us know in the comments below.

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Sauvik Banerjee

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Sauvik Banerjee, an NFL writer for EssentiallySports, has completed his graduation in English and Economics. The previous content marketing intern has a combined passion for both writing and NFL. He is a self-professed geek, who loves to play chess and football in his spare time.

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