Photos courtesy University of Michigan athletic department
The Patriots are in Michigan for a preseason game against the Detroit Lions tonight, and quarterback Tom Brady took time this morning to visit the Michigan football team in nearby Ann Arbor, Mich.
Michigan football’s official Twitter account posted the news, saying, “New England Patriots QB Tom Brady visited Schembechler Hall and spoke to #Team134 this morning.”
Brady also spent time with Michigan coach Brady Hoke, who introduced him at the team’s morning meeting.
“Every man in this room is counting on you,” Brady told the players. “And every player that’s ever worn this helmet is counting on you, because you guys are the ones that are lucky enough to play for Michigan.”
Brady played quarterback for Michigan from 1996 to 1999 before being drafted by the Patriots in the sixth round of the 2000 draft.
“I love Michigan, and I love the history of the school, and I love what the history and the tradition of this school is all about,” Brady said. “When I came here almost 19 years ago, it was just important for me to see how many important and special players would come back to this school and program and talk to the younger players. I’m very fortunate to be able to have the opportunity to do that.”