On the eve of a brand new matchup in opposition to the Eagles, Brady was reminded of the controversial episode with Foles within the loss at SB LII
TAMPA, Fla. — The victory of the Super Bowl LII of the Philadelphia Eagles over the New England Patriots was 4 years in the past; Tom Brady is now a member of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers; Doug Peterson and Nick Foles are now not with the Eagles.
But that hasn’t stopped followers of the eagles surprise why Brady didn’t shake fingers with Foles after the Patriots’ 41-33 Super Bowl loss.
The postgame snub got here Thursday as Brady and the Bucs put together to host the eagles on Sunday within the wild card spherical. The sport will mark Brady’s first postseason sport in opposition to the eagles since Super Bowl LII, although he has confronted them two different occasions in the course of the common season since then, together with a 28-22 win for the Bucs at Philadelphia in Week 6 of this marketing campaign.
“Are you aware of the Eagles fans’ fixation that you didn’t shake hands with Foles?” a reporter requested Thursday.
“No. I’m not. I’m not,” Brady replied with a smile. “But nevertheless, I’ve shaken Nick’s hand many times. I have a lot of respect for Nick.”
Brady additionally spoke concerning the notion some may need of his competitiveness.
“I try to be a good sportsman the best I can. I know it doesn’t always look like that because sometimes I get a little mad, but for the most part, I try to be a good sportsman.”
Brady additionally did not shake fingers with Foles after Foles and the Chicago Bears beat the Bucs 20-19 final season.
Still, Brady had loads of reward for this present Eagles crew, which options arguably among the finest defensive fronts within the NFL.
“They force you to fight for everything,” mentioned Brady, who entered the postseason 34-11 on Sunday. “You make a mistake, you get penalized, you’re going to punt. The ball is deflected in the air, they’re going to intercept it. If you have the ball too long, they’re going to come after you. It’s a team that just won’t let you off the hook.”
While Eagles followers could by no means let Brady down, coach Nick Sirianni praised the seven-time Super Bowl winner.
“You just see his greatness. He’s the best,” mentioned Sirianni. “He watches a defense, stays calm, knows where to go with the ball and delivers the ball accurately. He’s the best at it.”