CAMBRIDGE -- Tom Brady took the microphone once the game was over, and he seemed at ease. Speaking to the crowd in attendance at Harvard Stadium, participants and sideline VIPs, he was saying things you could picture him saying during a light moment in the Gillette Stadium locker room.
Brady hammered his buddy Julian Edelman for a drop earlier in the night during the 18th annual Best Buddies touch football game. He named Edelman "LVP."
But Brady acknowledged that there was a game almost four months ago in which Edelman snagged a pass that mattered.
"Caught the biggest one of the year, though," Brady said, referring to Edelman's fourth-quarter, did-he-really moment in Super Bowl LI.
Edelman, Danny Amendola, James White and Dion Lewis were the Patriots players in attendance. They were joined by former players Scott Zolak, Christian Fauria and Dan Koppen. Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker and Congressman Joe Kennedy III were also in attendance and participating.
Once Brady finished teasing his favorite receiver, there was also a "best catch" honor for Brady's son Jack, who wore blue receiving gloves and spent much of the night serving as his dad's snapper. After a few more words, Brady was off to the next responsibility.
He did not take questions from reporters, and the end-of-game address occurred on the side of the field opposite the gathered media. He has not taken questions over the course of the last few years at this event.
The weekend-long Best Buddies International benefit also included Guy Fieri's "Guy Cooking with Best Buddies Celebrity Chef Food and Wine Festival" following the game. On Saturday, cyclists will take part in the "Best Buddies Challenge: Hyannis Port," which features a 100-mile ride from Boston to Cape Cod.