Tom Brady, a seven-time Super Bowl champion and veteran NFL quarterback, recently compared playing professional football to serving in the armed forces, which he said was an insult to veterans.
On the “Let’s Go!” show, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback told Kevin Durant of the Brooklyn Nets, “I almost look at a football season like you’re going away on deployment in the military, and it’s like, “man, here I go again.”with Larry Fitzgerald, Jim Gray, and Tom Brady” podcast.
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The estranged family man, who will be making slightly more than a soldier’s wage as a commentator for Fox Sports for $375 million when the NFL retires, was quickly corrected by former military personnel.
“His remarks about comparing a football season to a military deployment was, to me as an Afghanistan Vet, quite insulting,” wrote @angryvet59. “I have a grudging respect for Tom Brady.”
Jason Taravella posted a tweet stating, “My father served two tours in Vietnam, and he and his friends were appalled.”Tell that b–ch @TomBrady to run from bullets, wear boots that are soaking wet for weeks, and be concerned about landmines.The man engages in a truly disgusting sport.
One veteran of combat recalled the late Arizona Cardinals defensive back Pat Tillman, who left the league in 2002 to join the US Army Rangers in response to the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.In 2004, he was killed by friendly fire.
Alberto Romero, a combat veteran who is now a meteorologist, tweeted, “I really really REALLY hope @TomBrady gives a public apology for his ignorant remarks,” along with a Venn diagram illustrating the few similarities between football and military life.
Mr. Pat Tillman, I’m sure, wouldn’t agree with him.
Twitter user Jonathan Adamany echoed this sentiment, writing that Brady’s accomplishments pale in comparison to those of true heroes like Tillman.
Adamany wrote, “Tom Brady may have seven Super Bowl rings, but he is not Army Ranger Corporal Pat Tillman.”
“Way to insult a large portion of your fan base, poorly represent the #TampaBayBucs and #NFL, and possibly have a negative impact on ticket and merchandise sales for the season,”
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