ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that the New England Patriots would not stop Sunday’s game to honor Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady if/when he set the NFL passing record. Now we know why.
According to Jay Glazer of Fox Sports (h/t Pro Football Talk), Brady has specifically requested that the game not be stopped. Instead, the game pauses for a moment of recognition.
Glazer also noted that Bucs head coach Bruce Arians will face a challenge to keep Brady calm. Practicing during the week was anything but peaceful.
It’s not hard to see why Brady doesn’t want the game to end. He will have plenty of emotions to deal with on Sunday night as it will be his first time returning to Gillette Stadium since leaving the Patriots in 2020.
The 44-year-old needs to stay focused as the Bucs can fall to 2-2 this season if they lose.
Brady will definitely be honored for Sunday’s game, but he doesn’t expect Patriots fans to cheer for him this weekend, telling Jim Gray on their “Let’s Go!” podcast on SiriusXM: “The home crowd at Gillette’s is a great crowd. And I think they’re going to be cheering for their team like I expect them to.”