Tom Brady takes the field ahead of clash against former team Patriots | Watch
- Fans hoped to relive the special bond shared by Brady and Bill Belichick
- Chants of "Brady, Brady" erupted in the stadium as the player made an entry
- Brady has secured the Super Bowl title for both Patriots and Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Tampa Bay Buccaneers' Tom Brady is all set to face his former team New England Patriots on Sunday at the Foxborough stadium. Fans of the star also gear up to relive the special relation shared by Patriots' coach Bill Belichick and Brady.
The embrace was lengthy and seemingly warm as Tom Brady, towering over Robert Kraft, met the New England Patriots owner outside the visitor's locker room before Sunday's return to Gillette Stadium for the star quarterback.
Brady has helped the New England Patriots, a team he left in 2020, with six Super Bowl titles in the cabinet, and then won his new team Tampa Bay Buccaneers a title in 2020.
In the parking lots, hundreds of fans were wearing No. 12 Patriots jerseys, and there was a smattering of Buccaneers Brady kits, too. Josh Nelson of Burrillville, Rhode Island, went with the split look.
“He's a classy guy. I've been a Tom Brady fan forever,” said Nelson, a season ticket holder for more than seven years. He added, “The memories of Tom Brady and Bill Belichick, we can't forget that success", according to reports from Associated Press.
Asked, then, why he was sporting the New England/Tampa Bay jersey, Nelson laughed and replied “I sought it out.”
Devon Poduje, 20, of West Hartford, Connecticut, who attends the University of Maryland and drove up for the hero's return, was rocking a new Bucs No. 12 jersey, while her 13-year-old sister, Tiegan, stuck with the traditional Patriots shirt. The entire family was split on who would win — 3-2 in favor of the hosts — but all noted they expected a rousing reception for Brady.
Another fan in Bucs garb, Brody Swanson of Mapleton, Utah, had flown in for the game — and isn't a fan of either team. His favorites are the Raiders. But he purchased the Brady jersey on Saturday, wanting to be a part of “history.”
Elaina Roundy, also of Mapleton, noted that “everybody was buying Brady jerseys” in the Patriots' store, and that she often has flown to games in which he played.