It was glaring, and fairly hard to miss: Week 5, after the Bears beat the Buccaneers 20-19, Chicago quarterback Nick Foles was walking around in the middle of the field, seemingly looking to shake Tom Brady’s hand after the game. Brady, however, was busy running off the field. It was the second time Brady neglected to shake Foles’ hand after a loss — the first time came after the Patriots’ Super Bowl LII loss to Foles and the Eagles.
Now, two weeks later, both quarterbacks have addressed Handshakegate, and while both were genial about it, Brady played the ‘I don’t know why I would do such a thing’ card, while Foles got a bit more real about it all.
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Tom Brady Responds to Handshake Snub ‘I Don’t Know…’
Per Patrick Finley of the Chicago Sun-Times, Brady was asked by the media today about why he walked off without shaking Foles’ hand, and the GOAT had this to say:
“I think Nick Foles is a hell of a player and a Super Bowl champ and I don’t know one reason or another why I wouldn’t do that,” he said. “Sometimes I’ve run off of the field, sometimes I haven’t. Sometimes if I have a personal relationship like I have with Drew [Brees] and Justin [Herbert] and Aaron [Rodgers] over the years … I don’t know. I don’t think it’s anything in particular but I have great admiration for Nick and I think that he’s a hell of a player. They’re off to a great start.”
Brady mentioned Brees and Rodgers and Herbert specifically because he managed to find them all after games this season, and he shook hands with each of them. Just not Foles. So, what does Foles have to say about it all?
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Nick Foles Responds to Brady’s Handshake Snub
Foles also was asked about Brady not shaking his hand. “It’s happened a few times,” Foles said Thursday, before listing a potential reason Brady may be a bit salty: “Someday Tom and I will have a great conversation about it — and probably laugh about it … There’s obviously history there from a big game we both played in once, and then Thursday night. It is what it is. I think he’s a tremendous player.”
After Brady didn’t engage in the same act of postgame sportsmanship with Foles that he seems to engage in with most other quarterbacks, Twitter naturally let him have it, especially after he shook Aaron Rodgers’ and other Packers’ hands the following week:
Kyle Brandt of Good Morning Football took it a bit further, devoting a tongue-in-cheek segment of the show this week to pose the question: ‘Why does Tom Brady hate Nick Foles?’
Look — no one (other than Kyle Brandt, who was joking) is saying Brady hates Foles. But Brady’s generic response wasn’t a great look for someone so esteemed to wear — and neither was the snub.
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