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Tom Brady’s Father Takes Subtle Dig at Bill Belichick Ahead of Buccaneers Super Bowl

by Suzanne Halliburton
Photo by Barry Chin/The Boston Globe via Getty Images

Tom Brady is playing in another Super Bowl, this time for Tampa Bay. And his dad is trying not to gloat when it comes to Bill Belichick and the New England Patriots.

Tom Brady Sr. said this week that Belichick may be on “the hot seat.”

That’s doubtful. Belichick and the Patriots had one bad season after Brady left after 20 years and signed with the Buccaneers. While Brady and the Bucs won three playoff games, all on the road, Belichick and the Patriots spent the post-season at home.

Tom Sr. told the Boston Herald about his son and Belichick:

“They had a great 20-year run, as good a run as anybody has ever had. Without disparaging Bill in any way, I just think it was time. That doesn’t minimize what Bill did. As we saw last night (with the Green Bay Packers), the coaches can screw up the game.”

Tom Sr. was referring to the Packers choice of kicking a field goal late in the NFC championship against Tampa Bay and not going for the touchdown.

Dad Of Tom Brady Likes Patriots Owner

Tom Brady’s dad lauded Robert Kraft and his family. They own the Patriots.

“Robert’s been a spectacular owner for 25 years. He is sincere in his feelings for Tommy when he expresses his feelings, and it’s vice versa. Tommy feels the same way with Robert Kraft. He has an extraordinarily close relationship with him. I know Robert is rooting for Tommy right now. As I know Jonathan, Danny and the whole family. There’s no question about that.”

The elder Tom Brady refers to his son as Tommy. But Tom Jr. is 43 and is an elder statesman in the NFL. He’ll also be aiming for his seventh Super Bowl victory when Tampa takes on Kansas City, the defending Super Bowl champions. The Super Bowl is Feb. 6 in Tampa. The Bucs are the first team ever to be playing a Super Bowl at their home stadium.

The main plotline will be Tom Brady and his glorious Super Bowl pedigree, against Kansas City quarterback Patrick Mahomes, the 25-year-old who won it all last year.

Tom Brady, the quarterback, signed with Tampa last March. He and Gisele Bündchen, his supermodel wife, then moved their two kids from Boston to Florida. Tom’s dad normally doesn’t miss any of his son’s games. But he contracted COVID-19 and spent three weeks in the hospital at the beginning of the season.

Tom Brady Sr. said the move was good for everyone, from his son to the Patriots.

“I thought it was going to be a good move for him whatever happened,” said Brady’s dad. “But I also thought it was going to be good for the Patriots, because that’s what was in the cards. That was the direction it was headed.”

“Every year teams cut people, and people cut with teams. Guys move,” Tom Sr. said. “Quarterbacks move, whether it’s Joe Montana or Brett Favre or Peyton Manning or whomever. It didn’t take too much of a crystal ball to know that at some point in time, there would be a finality to Tommy’s relationship with the Patriots.”