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Terry Bradshaw sounds off on Tom Brady for ditching Patriots for Bucs

Terry Bradshaw sounds off on Tom Brady for ditching Patriots for Bucs

We've heard plenty of reasons as to why Tom Brady would leave the New England Patriots to join the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in free agency.

But Terry Bradshaw apparently isn't buying them.

The legendary Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback and current NFL on FOX analyst clearly disagrees with Brady's decision to part ways with the franchise he helped win six Super Bowl titles.

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“I would never have done that, and I was shocked he was leaving. Shocked," Bradshaw told The Athletic's Ed Bouchette. "I’ve never known a great quarterback ... at the end of his career, go to another team and do anything. ... The offense they ran in New England was perfect for him."

Bradshaw doesn't live under a rock, and understands that friction with head coach Bill Belichick may have driven Brady to seek greener pastures. But the 71-year-old still questions Brady joining a moribund Buccaneers franchise just to prove he's "more important than Bill Belichick."

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"I don’t know what the hell Tom’s doing," Bradshaw said. "I think Tom, at 43, there has to be something going on for him to want to leave there, right? Gotta be. He’s got to feel they don’t want him, he’s got to feel unappreciated, got to feel, ‘I got to get out from underneath Belichick.' He knows they’re saying, ‘Who was more important, the coach or the quarterback?’

" ... Why the hell do you want to go to Tampa? The only thing I can think of is ego gets involved and you decide, ‘I’ll show ’em who’s more important.' "

Unlike others, though, Bradshaw isn't sold that Brady can thrive in Tampa Bay at the advanced age of 43 -- even while following the TB12 Method.

"Part of me says it ain’t going to work," Bradshaw said. "When you’re 43 years old, I don’t care if you eat grass and sand and whatever it is he does, that’s a tough call, man."

Well said, Terry.

If Brady does succeed with the Bucs and Belichick's Patriots falter under Jarrett Stidham, it will be Bradshaw eating crow.

Patriots fans may bristle at Chris Jones' reaction to Chiefs extension

Patriots fans may bristle at Chris Jones' reaction to Chiefs extension

Did the 2001 New England Patriots believe they were launching a dynasty after winning Super Bowl XXXVI? Probably not.

But the defending Super Bowl champions appear a bit more confident.

Days after signing quarterback Patrick Mahomes to the richest contract in North American sports, the Kansas City Chiefs agreed to a four-year, $85 million contract extension with defensive tackle Chris Jones, NFL Media's Ian Rapoport reported Tuesday.

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So, how did Jones celebrate his new deal with Kansas City? By declaring an apparent continuation of the Chiefs' "dynasty."

Jones has every reason to be confident in his team, which kept its core intact after winning Super Bowl LIV and is the current Super Bowl LV favorite.

But Patriots fans who watched Bill Belichick and Tom Brady lead New England to six championships over two decades might view Jones' "dynasty" talk as premature.

After all, no team has won back-to-back titles since the Patriots in 2003 and 2004, and no team aside from New England and Seattle (2013 and 2014) has even reached the Super Bowl in back-to-back years since 2000.

And after signing Cam Newton, the Patriots may believe their own dynasty isn't dead yet despite Brady's departure to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

History won't stop Jones and the Chiefs from setting lofty goals, however, as Mahomes said recently he's eyeing Brady's record of six Super Bowl titles. Better get started soon.

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Hypocrisy for Patriots fans to root for Tom Brady, but not Cam Newton

Hypocrisy for Patriots fans to root for Tom Brady, but not Cam Newton

If you rooted for Tom Brady and don’t root for Cam Newton, you are a hypocrite. 

In 2014, the Patriots started the season 2-2 and after a humiliating loss on Monday Night Football in Kansas City, some idiot — that would be me — declared that the Pats had lost their soul.

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Of course, I was wrong, as the greatest quarterback ever went on to the lead the Pats to their fourth Super Bowl win with a big assist from Malcolm Butler. 

That was Part 2 of the "Tom Brady: Me Against the World" trilogy.

Of course, the original was getting drafted as a sixth-round pick out of Michigan. Part 3 was Deflategate when Brady won his fifth Super Bowl after he was suspended for four games.

For the purpose of this writing, we focus on Part 2 because some thought Brady’s best days were behind him. (Many feel the same about Cam Newton now.) Even Bill Belichick said Tom was getting older and the plans for his successor in Jimmy Garoppolo were laid out before us ... and Brady.  

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But once again, Brady defied the odds and forced Belichick to trade Jimmy G. to San Francisco. Needing to prove he still had "it," Brady reinvented himself and became a physical specimen, defying Father Time.

Can Cam Newton do the same? He is not as old now as Brady was then, but this guy was left for dead by the rest of the NFL and has even more to prove than Brady ever did.

If you backed Tom Brady, how can you not do the same for Cam?

Look, I love Tom Brady the football player. Off the field, I think he’s lost his mind, but there has been no better player in the history of sports than TB12. (See Tom, I used your logo. Happy?)

However, right now I am in Cam’s corner like I was in Brady’s when he was a Patriot. And you should be too.