In an interview with The Athletic — Bradshaw ripped Brady to shreds for his decision and blamed his ego for wanting to prove the Patriots wrong.
Per CBS Sports:
“Why in the world does he want to keep on playing at 43 other than to prove to New England he’s more important than Bill Belichick?” said Bradshaw, the first quarterback to win four Super Bowls and two Super Bowl MVP awards. “That’s the way I would look at it. 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.’
“I would never have done that, and I was shocked he was leaving. Shocked. I’ve never known a great quarterback — a great quarterback — at the end of his career, go to another team and do anything. Now, Brady’s different — nine Super Bowls, six victories. He’s a different cat. But the offense they ran in New England was perfect for him.”
“I could never have played for anybody but Pittsburgh, all right?” Bradshaw said. “I was never going anywhere else, no matter what. If they traded me, I would have retired.”
The 42-year-old QB has stated in the past that he wants to play until he is 45-years-old. Upon his signing with the Bucs, he received a two-year, $50 million guaranteed contract from the Buccaneers that includes another $9 million in incentives.
The former sixth-round pick of the Patriots back in 2000 tossed for 4,057 yards, 24 touchdowns and eight interceptions during what would be his final season with the Patriots in 2019.
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