Back in February, people were scrambling trying to figure out who “that motherf*cker” was that Tom Brady was talking about in an episode of HBO’s The Shop.
Back when Brady’s contract ended with the New England Patriots in 2020, every team in the NFL without a franchise quarterback was trying to get him on their roster.
Of course, we’re talking about the greatest statistical quarterback of all time, a proven leader, and (at the time) six Super Bowl wins to his name, so it’s easy to see why everybody would.
However, one team that was really showing interest in signing Brady ended up shutting the idea down, deciding to stick with another guy, and that’s when he shared this iconic line:
“One of the teams, they weren’t interested at the very end. I was thinking… ‘you’re sticking with that motherfucker?'”
Since that comment, many have speculated that he was talking about Jimmy Garoppolo with the 49ers, Brady’s favorite team growing up, and also Derek Carr with the Raiders, but of course, none of that has been proven.
However, one quarterback in particular felt some hella conviction when Brady made the comment, truly believing it was him…
And it’s no other than Ryan Fitzpatrick, the Fitzmagic bearded wonder himself.
Fitzpatrick, who is the definition of an NFL journeyman quarterback playing 16 years in the league with nine different teams, told Dan Le Batard on his show that he truly believes that he was “that motherf*cker:”
“I think I still am. I think I still am that guy. You know if you go back to that again, that’s before the 2019 season when the Dolphins were trying to assemble a roster that is going to help them get a better draft pick the next year, so it’s not like that was going to be an attractive situation for Tom anyway.
So I’m not sure why he was so upset about it, but I still today believe that I am that motha–.”
And then he was asked if he was hurt by those comments, or if he just shrugged them off, and he responded:
“Yeah I tried to get my wife to make a few t-shirts so I could wear them around. We were just trying to figure out with all the kids around which letters to blank out.”
Legend. I would be proud if I was Fitzpatrick.
If he truly is the guy, then he can go around and say his team wanted him more than the GOAT… regardless if the team was trying to tank that year or not.