Patriots quarterback Tom Brady heard the buzz after he and Eagles quarterback Nick Foles never shook hands following Super Bowl LII.
“I did hear that,” Brady said Thursday. “I know that was kind of made up to me because that was never my intention that I would, you know, be a bad sport. But I have a lot of respect for Nick and Carson [Wentz], all those quarterbacks, and that team and the way they played. They’re a great team.”
Brady and Foles, the Super Bowl LII MVP, finally got their handshake following the Patriots-Eagles preseason game at Gillette Stadium. Prior to kickoff, Brady had walked onto the field a little earlier than he usually does — perhaps to look for Foles, but the 29-year-old was still in the locker room during that time. Foles, who was the Eagles starting quarterback after Wentz went down with a torn ACL and LCL last season, said it was “great” to see Brady after the game. He also called the attention surrounding their missed handshake a bit overblown.
“I think everyone’s made a big deal about it,” Foles said. “I don’t think Tom and I think — you know, there’s a lot of craziness. I’ve always respected Tom, I met Tom several times, and it was great to see him. But like I said, I think everyone made a bigger deal because at the end of the day, he’s a great dude.”
“He’s a heck of a player, one of the greatest of all time and you know, to say hi, that’s what quarterbacks do after games,” Foles continued. “I know everyone made a big deal of the Super Bowl, but the Super Bowl’s chaos after. But he was nice, as he always is, so I wished him the best of luck this season.”
The Eagles defeated the Patriots in Super Bowl LII, 41-33, despite 505 passing yards and three touchdowns from Brady. Foles logged 373 yards and three touchdowns.
“I know how hard it is to win that last game, and they did it and congrats to them,” Brady said. “But, we’re on to 2018. We’ve got our goals ahead of us. We’re going to try to go out and put together a great year.”
The five-time Super Bowl champion undoubtedly outplayed his opponent in their preseason rematch. Brady completed 73 percent of his passes, throwing for 172 yards and two touchdowns. Foles, on the other hand, struggled with accuracy, completing only three of his nine pass attempts for 44 yards. He was also sacked twice and later exited the game with a shoulder strain.