Former Steelers Star James Harrison Reveals Why He ‘Wanted to Hate’ Tom Brady When Joining Patriots

by Michael Freeman

James Harrison served as one the best defensive players in the NFL during his Pittsburgh Steelers tenure. When joining the New England Patriots in 2018, you might think he’d be ecstatic to meet Tom Brady, but he recently revealed he actually “wanted to hate” him.

During an interview on “The Pat McAfee Show,” Harrison discussed the first time he met Brady. Though he now calls him “a genuinely good person,” he never thought he’d say that about the legendary quarterback.

“When I first got there, obviously the first person I met was Tom, and he just introduced himself as if I didn’t know who the hell he was. But he does that with everybody.”

Harrison originally suspected Brady’s humble demeanor was him putting on a front, but soon learned he was wrong.

“I wanted to hate him when I got there, so I’m like, ‘He’s feeding me some B.S. He’s just being a good guy in front of me. I’m sitting back watching him for like, a week or two, and finally, I had to tell him. I’m like, ‘Dude, I wanted to come here and hate you… But I sat back and watched you.’ That’s why everybody likes him. He’s a good dude!”

Brady’s kind attitude didn’t stop there. According to Harrison, Brady treated everyone with the same decency and respect.

“From the practice squad guy that comes in the first day, he’s like, ‘Hey, how you doing? I’m Tom Brady,’ like they don’t know who the hell he is. That’s just him. That’s his personality. He’s just a good dude.”

Whether it’s kindness towards his teammates or sharing a heartfelt birthday message for his wife, Brady seems like a genuine man.

Tom Brady Wishes His Son a Happy Birthday on Social Media

Tom Brady’s wife isn’t the only one receiving birthday messages as of late. In fact, he recently wished his son, Jack, a happy 14th birthday on social media, complete with good-spirited teasing.

“Happy 14th birthday Jack! I am so proud of the young man you are. You always try your best, you put others first, and you bring so much joy to our lives. This picture brings back some special memories and I can’t wait to kick your butt on the golf course again soon. We love you sssooooo much!!!!”

Until the two meet on the golf course, however, Jack will help his dad during practice as the team’s ball boy.

Interestingly, Brady seems to enjoy trash-talking when it comes to golf. Earlier this year when talking about his upcoming golf game against Bryson DeChambeau and Aaron Rodgers, he did the same. Teaming up with Phil Mickelson, Brady said it was “two champions” versus “a scientist” and “a ‘Jeopardy!’ host.”

While it was all in jest, it may still be wise to avoid facing Brady in golf as well as football.