The New England Patriots have only spent one season without Tom Brady under center, but that still hasn’t done much to minimize the sting of watching him win a championship in his first year away from them. While most Patriots players and personnel seem to have wished Brady well, defensive tackle Byron Cowart isn’t feeling as sentimental about the whole situation.
One of the marquee matchups of the 2021 NFL season is the Patriots’ Week 4 matchup in New England, as Brady’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers will face off against his former team.
The expectation is that Brady is going to be showered with effusive praise after such a legendary career in Foxborough.
There will be at least one player in navy blue that won’t be as warm and fuzzy, though.
One of New England’s more promising defensive linemen in Cowart, who started 14 games last season but will likely shift into a backup role after a number of returns and additions, is eyeing an upset victory over Brady, claiming that he will treat him “like any opponent.”
Speaking on Instagram, the former top recruit and 2019 fifth-round selection claims that he won’t welcome Brady back with open arms, as whatever bond that he had with TB12 was severed when he chose to bolt New England for the aqua blue water and championship roster Tampa Bay provided.
Patriots D-lineman Byron Cowart isn’t welcoming Tom Brady back.
“We ain’t welcoming him back,” Cowart said. “There ain’t going to be no damn ceremony for him or nothing like that. This is our opponent …. We like to win.”
These certainly sound like fighting words from Cowart.
Considering that Cowart only has one year in New England under his belt with Brady as a teammate, it kind of makes sense that he doesn’t have a treasure trove of memories with Brady to lean back on.
This wasn’t the only thing Cowart had to say about this game. He claims that his animosity towards Brady is a result of him adapting a “Boston mentality.” The “blue-collar, hard-working people” of New England have apparently helped make Cowart even more determined to seize victory, as even the GOAT is firmly in his crosshairs.
The Week 4 game may be a Patriots home game, at least nominally, but the stands will undoubtedly be filled with No. 12 jerseys. We respect Cowart for wanting to stick it to Brady and do everything in his power to help New England pull off an upset against a very tough Tampa Bay team, but Brady will likely have praise heaped on him from every possible angle.