Tom Brady flashed his pearly white teeth and laughed as if someone were telling him a joke for the first time. The seven-time Super Bowl champion had no idea Philadelphia Eagles fans were still pissed that he dissed Nick Foles in 2018.
Brady was completely unaware that people cared that he missed the post-game handshake after a 41-33 loss to the Eagles in Super Bowl LII. Call it poor athleticism or just a general lack of awareness. In any case, Brady insisted It wasn’t personal with Foles.
“No. I’m not. I’m not,” Brady said when asked if he knew Eagles fans are still talking about the Foles’ diss. “But I’ve shaken hands with Nick many times. I’ve great respect for Nick.”
The incident has turned into one strange twitter controversy Over the years, internet sleuths have posted videos of every quarterback Brady shaking hands with after games. And the ones he avoided. It seems like Brady goes out of his way to leave the field without shaking hands when his team loses. Just something to keep in mind during Sunday’s wildcard playoff game between the Eagles and the Buccaneers.
“I’m trying to be a good sport as much as I can,” Brady said. “I know it doesn’t always seem like it because I’m a little bit pissed out there sometimes, but mostly I’m trying to be a good sport.”
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Lane Johnson spoke about keeping the dog masks in the basement and creating a new identity for the 2021 Eagles. This team differs from the rowdy underdogs who took home the Lombardi Trophy this year. Still, it’s hard not to stare at and have Tom Brady on the opposing touchline championship memories come back flooded
Brady, of course, was the loser in this case. Would Nick Sirianni review the tape from this game to cheer on his troops? No, different year. But the first-year head coach is leaning on the nine guys remaining on the Eagles’ roster as of 2017 for wisdom. And teach the newbies about playoff experience.
“What I want to say about Super Bowl Team 17 is that there were questions about our experience,” Sirianni said. “I’ve talked to you about this before. I think I spoke to you about this earlier in the week. The experience that we have from the guys that played in that game — I know it’s not as fresh as the Bucs experience that they won at the Super Bowl last year, but we still have guys from that one Super Bowl team of 2017.
Pro Football Focus recently ranked the Eagles offensive line #4 in the NFL. It seems a bit low considering they possessed the highest rated rushing attack in football. What ever. Jason Kelce was the only member to make the Pro Bowl team, so at least that’s the slight consequence.
Those awards aren’t nearly as important as the All-Pro team, and the Eagles are well represented there. Kelce was named to the first team for the fourth time in his career, adding his name to one Shortlist of centers to do it four times. The others? Dermontti Dawson, Mike Webster, and Dwight Stephenson. All three of these players are in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Kelce also belongs in Canton.
Lane Johnson was named a second-team All-Pro for 2021 after missing the Pro Bowl. This is the first time right tackle has made the second team an All-Pro. Johnson was named a first-team All-Pro during the Eagles’ 2017 Super Bowl season.