In a 2021 interview on “The Shop,” Tampa Bay Bucs quarterback Tom Brady opened up about teams being interested in him upon leaving New England. Brady said he was shocked to hear one team tell him they were going stick with their current starter. That caused Brady to bluntly ask, “you’re sticking with that motherf—ker?.”
While Brady never revealed the name of the team or quarterback, varying reports suggest Brady was referring to former NFL quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick or Las Vegas Raiders signal-caller Derek Carr.
During Fitzpatrick’s two-year run with the Dolphins (2019-2020), the team reportedly illegally attempted to court Tom Brady to South Beach.
“Looking back, I’m thinking ‘There’s no fuc-ing way I would’ve gone to that team. They said they didn’t want me! I know what that means! I know what that feels like! And I’m going to f— you up because of that.”pic.twitter.com/DZ32TnRdI5
— Dov Kleiman (@NFL_DovKleiman) June 26, 2021
Fitzpatrick believes he was the guy Brady was speaking of. During a recent appearance on the “Dan Le Batard Show with Stugotz,” Fitz opened up why he still thinks he was the one TB was speaking of.
Fitzpatrick Talks Brady Scenario: I’m The Guy
Fitzpatrick was the starter in Miami until the team drafted Tua Tagovailoa. So, Brady could’ve easily been speaking about him. When asked about the scenario, Fitz had this to say.
“I think I still am. I think I’m still that guy. If you go back to that … before the 2019 season when the Dolphins are 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 to this day believe that I’m that motherf—ker.”
"I still believe to this day that I am that mutha…" – Ryan Fitzpatrick believes that Tom Brady was talking about HIM when he delivered his infamous "that motherf*****" line during free agency 😂😂😂
— Dan Le Batard Show with Stugotz (@LeBatardShow) September 13, 2022
Fitzpatrick even tried to capitalize on the moment by having his wife make some shirts for him to wear. Who knows, they could’ve been a marketing hit.
“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. I like it, it’s a good nickname.”
Not surprising that Fitz is making light of the situation in a joking matter, when Brady didn’t seem to be joking at all. That’s why Fitz has long been voted one of the best teammates in the NFL.
Fitzpatrick enjoyed a 17-year NFL career. The journeyman played for nine teams, and while he wasn’t the most consistent performer, but he was a gamer who brought excitement to the position. When he was in his bag, he offered flashes of creative brilliance at times. The former Harvard signal caller even had two polar opposite nicknames, “FitzMagic” and “FitzTragic.”
Fitzpatrick’s Story Completely Contradicts Dana White’s Raiders Story
Not long ago, UFC President Dana White says Carr was the guy Brady was blasting because he had worked it for Brady and Rob Gronkowski to join the Raiders. White says former head coach Jon Gruden killed the deal.
Dana White: "I talked (Tom) Brady into playing for the @Raiders, and Gronk was coming with him."
SAY WHAT??? 😲 pic.twitter.com/7LVUS5XLDv
— MMA Junkie (@MMAJunkie) August 23, 2022
When it didn’t happen White said, “Brady was not happy about it.”
No matter who it was, Brady’s response gives you some insight into his uber competitive mentality and what drives him to continue to play at age 45 with seven Super Bowl wins already in tow.
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