Tom Brady appears to be keeping track of everything said about him while playing professional football.
The Buccaneers quarterback, who will reportedly join the Fox Sports booth as their lead NFL analyst upon his retirement, was asked Monday about the criticism he received from Cris Collinsworth on “Sunday Night Football.” It came when he likened one of Brady’s incomplete passes to LeBron James missing a layup.
Wide receiver Russell Gage was the recipient of a brief incomplete ball from quarterback Tom Brady in the second quarter of Sunday’s Buccaneers vs. Cardinals game. Collinsworth in the booth was surprised by the misdirected throw.
“I got nothing,” Collinsworth said. “I mean, this is a layup. This is like watching LeBron James miss a layup right here … I don’t know what I’m watching.”
“I’m gonna get a chance to cover some games here shortly, at some point,” Brady said on his podcast. “So maybe I get a chance to fire back at everyone else. That’s natural for a commentator to have his opinion. Whether you agree with it or not, that’s just an opinion.”
“A lot of people, they’re just trying to fill the airwaves and fill time and fill space,” he added. “Not that they don’t have a credible opinion, it might not be credible to me, but for them it’s credible and you respect the things that are positive, you respect the things that are negative. You may not agree with them, but that’s just part of this job.”
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The Buccaneers defeated the Cardinals in overtime on Christmas Day, 19-16. Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are headed back to the playoffs now after he tossed for 432 yards and three long touchdowns to Mike Evans as the team clinched their second straight NFC South championship with a 30-24 victory over the Carolina Panthers on Sunday.
Brady is a free agent this offseason, and his comments come amid heavy speculation that he and Sean Payton will be teaming up elsewhere in the league, possibly on the Saints.
Brady, who is currently in his 23rd season in the league following a brief 40-day retirement, agreed to a monster 10-year, $375 million deal with Fox Sports in the offseason that is scheduled to begin when he retires for good.WANT MORE FROM TOTALPROSPORTS? FOLLOW US ON GOOGLE NEWS.