It was a comment that largely endeared him to his fans in New England, but it’s not something that he’s discussed much since saying it in August. Until now.
The quarterback, speaking on the podcast of the NFL Network’s Rich Eisen, said he’s become increasingly familiar with the Boston-New York rivalry in his decade as a Patriot.
“I think it’s a Boston-New York thing,” Brady told Eisen. “It’s been that way long before I got here. The way that the Red Sox fans talk about the Yankees, and the way that the Jets fans talk about the Patriots, and vice versa … I think the reason why it’s that way is there have been so many meaningful games played between the two cities.
“There’s really no love lost between them,” he added. “Believe me, when I’m walking the streets of New York, I hear it all the time. I’m sure the Jets fans hear it when they’re walking the streets of Boston.”
Eisen also asked Brady about his outbursts on the sidelines that have become increasingly frequent this season, particularly those that come when the game appears to be well in the Patriots’ control. Brady said that in fourth quarter of the Thanksgiving Day game against the Lions, he was yelling because even though it was a long shot for the Lions to come back, it was still possible with a few successful onside kicks.
“I don’t want to be in that position,” he said, before admitting that he’s not exactly quite sure why he’s been yelling so much.
“Maybe I’m just yelling ‘cuz I like yelling,” he said. “Maybe when you’re skinny and weak and you can yell at guys who are a lot bigger and tougher than you, then maybe there’s a little bit of that, too.”
He also said his yelling doesn’t compare to that of wife Gisele Bundchen.
“You think I was yelling at the Pittsburgh game? You should have heard her yelling,” he said. “I’m telling you, that Latin passion that she has, she can get revved pretty high.”
And, as always seems to be the case with Brady nowadays, Eisen couldn’t let him hang up the phone without asking about the hair.
“I’m not one that’s ever really cared too much about the length or the non-length of it, so whatever I really feel like doing, I’ll do,” Brady said of his Mufasa-esque mane. “I’ll cut it short, and then I’ll grow it long, and everywhere in between. … Just as long as it doesn’t keep me from seeing the open guys. Once it starts doing that, then I’ll have an issue.”
And the secret to those long, flowing locks?
“Just shampoo,” he said. “Just like most men.”
Yup, Tom — you’re just like most men.
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