When Tom Brady’s contract ended with the New England Patriots back in 2020, needless to say, everybody and their brother without a franchise quarterback was begging him to come play for them.
I mean, how could you not?
The greatest statistical quarterback to ever play the game of football, a proven leader with (at the time) six Super Bowl wins to prove that…
Anybody would kill to have that man on their roster.
However, there’s one team that interested in Tom at the time, but ultimately lost interest in the man towards the end, which Brady brought up in an episode of HBO’s The Shop that aired last summer.
He said the iconic line:
“One of the teams, they weren’t interested at the very end. I was thinking… ‘you’re sticking with that motherfucker?'”
When the episode aired most people thought it was San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo, since Brady expressed interest in playing for his childhood team (he grew up in San Mateo, California, and idolized Joe Montana).
However, thanks to former Dolphins head coach Brian Flores’ lawsuit against the NFL over alleged racist hiring tactics, we know the Miami Dolphins were begging their coach to meet with Brady… illegally, so it initially sounded a lot like the Dolphins were the team who “lost interest.”
And also… the Dolphins seem to fit that “there’s no fucking way I would’ve went to that team” profile.
We’re talking about the greatest and most likeable NFL journeyman of all time, who’s filled in the starting quarterback role for just about every NFL team that’s struggled to find a pulse since he was drafted in 2005.
True, the man is a solid game manager quarterback, but he doesn’t compare to the GOAT…
Enter Jon Gruden.
In a brand new report from ESPN, UFC owner Dana White confirms that both Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski were headed to the Oakland Raiders in a package deal until their head coach at the time, Jon Gruden, nixed the whole thing.
White appeared on UFC 278 with the Gronks, and dropped the bomb:
“I worked to put a deal together for Brady and Gronk to come to the Raiders. It was almost a done deal, and at the last minute, Gruden blew the deal up and said he didn’t want them.
All hell broke loose. It was crazy. Brady was already looking at houses. So Las Vegas would have had Brady and Gronk the year the Bucs won the Super Bowl, except Gruden blew the deal up.”
And here’s the thing, Gronk backed the story up.
“That is exactly what happened, and you just told the story. I could have been in Vegas with you for the last three years. I would have been.”