‘I used to despise them’ Says Former Chargers Offensive Lineman Nick Hardwick About Tom Brady And The Patriots

The New England Patriots have been the most successful franchise in the league for two decades now. That means that they have a lot of haters, especially from the team’s that they have defeated over the years.

Former Chargers offensive lineman Nick Hardwick recently came forward to share some insights on how it is to go against Brady and the well-oiled machine that are the Patriots. He explained that he now finds himself in an unusual position – rooting for the Patriots:

“As a player and opponent, I used to despise them. Mostly because we were only able to beat them two times in my career … But now, I find myself cheering for them.”

He went on to talk about the amazing Tom Brady:

“For one thing, Brady has done a great job of allowing us access to him as a human. It’s easy to hate the machine. It’s hard to sustain hatred towards a human. I can’t believe I’m saying this publicly, but I devour any information I can get on the guy. He’s beyond impressive. And hell, so are the Patriots. There I said it. They are something to marvel at, learn from, and cheer on. Unless they’re playing my Chargers.”

He also talked about his journey to Gillette Stadium last season, when his team went up against the Patriots:

“It’s ominous there. … You go to New England, you drive through, it’s 45 minutes outside of Boston, Foxborough, and you drive through this neighborhood essentially on a lake and all of a sudden you pop out and there’s (Gillette) Stadium and it’s like the Death Star. It is this ominous place where everything feels very serious and very important and the pressure just kind of closes in on you as you pull in.”

The Patriots – a dynasty that no other team will ever be able to surpass.