Ryan Fitzpatrick is getting ready for his debut as one of Amazon Prime Thursday Night Football analysts during their coverage of the game between the Los Angeles Chargers and the Kansas City Chiefs, and during his latest appearance on the “Pardon My Take” podcast for Barstool Sports, he recalled his history facing Tom Brady while playing for the Bills, Jets and Dolphins.
Fitzpatrick wanted to make Brady respect him
Fitzpatrick played for all three of Brady’s AFC East rivals during different stints while the legendary quarterback led the New England Patriots dynasty.
“I’ve told this story before, but he just pisses me off. Because you’re in Buffalo, you’re playing New England, they’re kicking our ass every single year they’re beating us,” Fitzpatrick said before remembering also how his teams had won against him.
“We finally in 2011 knocked them off. It was right at the beginning of the season. We had this great start and he threw five interceptions in the game, which was just wonderful to see every single one of them. Just wonderful to see. And (Brady would) run straight off. Like, no handshake, no quarterback middle of the field, no, ‘Where are the cameras? OK, hey, stay healthy buddy.’ Just ran straight off. So it bothered me so much because there was no respect there. Every time I played him after that, I was like ‘All right, let’s make this dude respect me.'”
Fitzpatrick thinks he’s the “mother f**ker” that Brady refered to
The now retired quarterback said that he’s the “mother f**cker” that Brady refered to while he appeared in LeBron James’ “The Shop” last year, when discussing a team’s interest in signing him before he ended up playing for the Buccaneers in 2020.
“It had to be me,” Fitzpatrick said, before adding.
“Zero respect. He’d never shake my hand.”
Fitzpatrick then said that a handshake did occur after he lead the Dolphins to a win against the Patriots in the final game of the 2019 regular season.
“Ended up in New York with the Jets and with Miami beating him. The last one was especially sweet because it was the Tank For Tua year. … They beat us by 40-something points at the beginning of the season,” Fitzpatrick mentioned.
Tom Brady has yet to address Fitzpatrick’s comments publicly.