Tom Brady’s return to Gillette Stadium is a momentous occasion, with the New England Patriots honoring their iconic former quarterback during Sunday’s game against the Philadelphia Eagles. Mac Jones, the current Patriots quarterback, shared his thoughts on his legendary predecessor in anticipation of the homecoming.
Speaking on WEEI’s Jones and Mego show, Jones expressed his admiration for the seven-time Super Bowl champion, emphasizing his desire to learn from Brady.
“He’s undoubtedly a legend,” Mac Jones remarked about Brady. “I have the utmost respect for him; he’s a fantastic individual. He’s already helped me a lot through our conversations… He’s been an invaluable mentor.”
Jones joined the New England Patriots a year after Brady departed for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. However, veteran quarterback Brian Hoyer passed down some valuable insights and lessons from the future Hall of Famer.
“Whether it was Hoyer who was here, or anyone else, you meet many people who have known him, and the stories they share… that always adds to your understanding,” Jones noted when discussing his relationship with Brady. “Being able to learn from that is key. He’s always on film, as I mentioned, so watching his footwork, timing, and the way he operates everything. He’s unquestionably the greatest in the business, and that’s why you want to study him and gain insights.”
Although they never played together, Jones had the opportunity to face Brady’s Buccaneers as a rookie in 2021. During that game, Jones outgained Brady in passing yards (275 to 269) and threw two touchdowns in a closely contested 19-17 loss.
Earlier in the summer, a photo surfaced of former Patriots defensive back Devin McCourty alongside the two quarterbacks. Perhaps, on his 25th birthday, Jones gained some valuable wisdom from the 46-year-old Brady.
Following a somewhat lackluster second season, Jones aims to kick off the 2023 season on a brighter note, with the defending NFC champions in town and Brady watching from the sidelines.