Tom Brady responds to a report about his farewell to Bill Belichick.

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As the date for Tom Brady’s return to New England to face his former head coach Bill Belichick and the Patriots approaches, more details about the quarterback’s 2020 departure have emerged. The way Brady and Belichick reportedly said their goodbyes is one of the most stunning stories to emerge this week.

According to Seth Wickersham’s new book about the Patriots dynasty, “It’s Better to Be Feared,” Belichick refused to meet with Brady in person to deliver the news that he had decided to leave New England. Instead, Brady’s head coach suggested they talk on the phone, which he reportedly found “telling.” ”

On Wednesday, Belichick denied that aspect of Wickersham’s reporting, and Brady responded to his former head coach’s remarks on Thursday. The 44-year-old quarterback stated that his departure from New England was “perfectly handled.” ”

“All those things are super personal,” Brady said of his conversations with Belichick about his departure from the Patriots, according to Zack Cox of NESN . “We had a fantastic friendship. Everything, in my opinion, was handled correctly. Everything was handled as gracefully as possible. It was a fantastic time, and everything went off without a hitch. I believe that everyone, including the people involved in the situation, understood where we were at, and that things worked out for the best for all of us, and that we’re now all trying to do the best we can.

“It’s just the way things go in life…” You go through these experiences and have no idea where life will take you, and I believe the only thing I can do is give it my all every day, every moment. ”

Brady and Belichick have gushed about each other all week, with the former calling the latter “a great coach.” ” While there is obvious mutual respect between the two, each is hell-bent on getting his team a win on Sunday. The Buccaneers are the favorites in this weekend’s matchup in Foxborough, but the Patriots will undoubtedly have something up their sleeves come game time. The game will begin at 8:20 p.m. Sunday at 5:00 p.m. ET

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