Rivalry renewed: Brady trolls Ohio State ahead of matchup with Fields

/ by Darren Hartwell
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No rival is safe from Tampa Bay Tom Brady -- especially not his college nemesis.

Brady's Buccaneers host a Week 7 matchup with rookie quarterback Justin Fields and the Chicago Bears on Sunday. Fields is fresh off a stellar college career at Ohio State, while Brady hails from rival Michigan.

While Brady has been around for 21 seasons, Sunday will mark his first NFL start against a former Buckeyes quarterback. The 44-year-old QB was made aware of that fact at his press conference Thursday, and quickly turned it into a dig at Ohio State.

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"How about that?" Brady said with a smile. “I’m not gonna say anything too inflammatory about Ohio State, if that’s what you’re getting at.

“That’s interesting. Why is there not a lot of Ohio State quarterbacks in the pros? There’s a lot of Michigan guys over the years, but not a lot of Ohio State guys."

We respect Brady's burn, but if you go by volume, it's technically not accurate: Only four Michigan quarterbacks have been drafted since Brady's career began in 2000, compared to seven from Ohio State.

None of those 11 QBs have had much success, either: The Wolverines quartet consists of Drew Henson, John Navarre, Chad Henne and Jack Rudock, while the Buckeyes' recent NFL alums include Troy Smith, Terrelle Pryor, Cardale Jones and Dwayne Haskins.


Brady and his seven Super Bowl titles give Michigan a massive edge in the QB department, though, so we'll let his point stand.

Fields will aim to swing the pendulum closer toward Ohio State on Sunday, but he faces a tall task against a Bucs team that hasn't lost since Week 1.