Must be weird to see your former teammates on the big field without you.
Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski, both prolific members of the New England Patriots once upon a time, are both heading to Super Bowl LV this weekend alongside the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. When Brady was still part of the Patriots, the team was a mainstay of Super Bowl games, but now that he’s with the Buccs, it’s left a bit of an odd feeling for the remaining Patriots.
New England Patriots safety and captain Devin McCourty spoke to ESPN this morning about his former teammates going to the big game without him. He’s plenty happy for the both of them, though he admitted it was a bit of a bittersweet feeling.
“To watch those two guys leave our team and bring everything they’ve learned to Tampa, a team that didn’t make the playoffs last year and now is having an opportunity to win a world championship, it’s been awesome to watch,” McCourty said on ESPN’s Get Up on Friday. “And obviously, a little bittersweet because you would rather those two guys suiting up with you on Sundays.
“But it’s still awesome to see those guys going out there and doing it again. Obviously, for Tom and his legacy and what he’s done in this league, he doesn’t have to do any more. But to continue to watch him and his greatness, and continue to get better and better each year, it’s just unbelievable.”
Leaning on the Vet!
3 interceptions 🏈🏈🏈
2 touchdowns 🧨🧨
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Brady’s absence from the Patriots has been noticeable, as the team missed the playoffs for the first time in over a decade this year with a 7-9 record. McCourty wasn’t shy about admitting that losing Brady was a big blow to the team.
“I think as a team, organization, we moved on. But you lost Tom Brady. You lost the best quarterback in the NFL. You don’t just replace that. You don’t just make up for that. We definitely felt that. We lose Tom, we don’t have an offseason to even begin to try to process that, and prepare and get ready. The guy’s been the best quarterback in the NFL for the last two decades,” McCourty said.