Ever since Tom Brady took over the starting quarterback position from Drew Bledsoe, no one has been able to replace him. Not even Jimmy Garoppolo, who we will see in the Super Bowl this weekend, and not Jacoby Brissett. These two quarterbacks spend some time as Brady’s backups before being traded to other teams.
During a recent interview, Brissett opened up about his relationship with Brady. He explained:
“Mentor, to like brother, to like friend. Tom just encompasses so much because he’s the type of guy where he’s gonna cover all the bases. He’s going to be the big brother at times, he’s going to be the friend, he’s going to be the mentor, he’s going to be the coach, he’s going to do all of these things just because of his personality.
“He was hard on us, no question. It was the standard that people had for us because we played behind Tom but it was more so you didn’t care about that standard, you cared about what Tom thought about you. You cared about Tom’s standard. I’ll just never forget some of the things he would say. If he saw me relaxing, he goes, ‘Listen, you play quarterback, you can’t do that.’”
He went on to talk about Garoppolo and said:
“No question. Just to see where he was. I mean we were together like what, three years ago? I mean the relationship has carried throughout. And just to see how far he’s come, because I know some of the things that he’s been through. Last year he tears his ACL. This year, he’s in a Super Bowl. It’s no shock when you watch him work, and watch him go about his business and when you watch him on the field. And being with him in practice, not just games, it’s no shock that he’s having the success that he is.”
Amazing to see how far they’ve all come!