New England Patriots: The return of Tom Brady to Foxboro

Tom Brady #12 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
Tom Brady #12 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images) /

The New England Patriots are set to take on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers this Sunday night, as Tom Brady makes his highly anticipated return to Foxboro.

After his departure from New England, the GOAT was able to capture yet another Super Bowl title in his first season with the Bucs. Now in his second season with Tampa Bay, he still shows no signs of slowing down, even at age 44.

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The NFL truly has never seen a game of this magnitude. The greatest player in history returning to play the team he spent 20 dominant years with. After capturing six Super Bowl titles and shattering so many records, we have never seen a game truly like this.

One record Tom Brady could never fully capture in New England was the all-time passing yards title. With Drew Brees now retired, Tom Brady now has it narrowed down to just 68 more passing yards to stand alone at number one of all time.

Unless something catastrophic happens, Brady seems set to break the record in the exact place he built the majority of it. How fitting? What makes this even more interesting is that the Patriots play the Buccaneers once every eight seasons in Gillette Stadium. The stars have aligned to add even more headlines for Sunday night.

Bill Belichick versus Tom Brady

Exactly how much spite Bill Belichick and Tom Brady have for each other is unknown. However, we do know there is some sort of tension between the two. Tom Brady Sr. and Alex Guerrero (Tom Brady’s trainer and business partner) have both come out over the past few weeks and have given their takes on Bill and Tom’s rift.

We will see if this ultimately translates to the field. If Brady and Bucs go up big on the scoreboard, will Brady keep throwing the ball to pad his stats?

"“The interesting thing I think there — and this is just me, an outsider looking in — it was like Bill never really… I think his emotions or feelings never evolved with age. I think in time, with Tom, as Tom got into his late 30s or early 40s, I think Bill was still trying to treat him like that 20-year-old kid that he drafted. And all the players, I think, realized Tom was different.” -Alex Guerrero, Tom Brady’s trainer."

Foxboro Faithful

One thing is for sure, there will be plenty of reactions from the fans on Sunday. For those watching at the game or at home, there will be so much emotion from 20 whole years packed into just one more night. This should be the last and only time Brady takes the field against the New England Patriots.

There will be so many cheers, as well as boos from those who believe Tom betrayed the Patriots by leaving them. It will be the questions wondered until the end of time by any football fan; did Belichick want Brady out? Or did Brady himself choose to leave himself?

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The only thing we know now is that Sunday will be an all-time matchup that will be remembered for quite some time.