Tom Brady Claims He Doesn’t Hold a Grudge Against Roger Goodell

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This season was sometimes marketed as the “Tom Brady Revenge Tour,” especially in the New England area. After all, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell appeared to make it his personal mission to have future Hall of Fame quarterback Tom Brady suspended for his role in the Deflategate scandal from two seasons ago. Eventually, after multiple court appearances and appeals, Goodell won. Brady missed the first four games of the season, but then came bursting out of the gate in Week 5.

Despite only playing in 75 percent of regular season games, Brady put up numbers that have him in the MVP conversation. He may even win the damn thing, if he can hold off Aaron Rodgers and Matt Ryan, who had equally impressive seasons.

Curiously, though, Goodell seems to be avoiding attending any games at Gillette Stadium. The commish traditionally attends one game every weekend in the playoffs. He was in Seattle for Wildcard weekend and then went to Atlanta in the Divisional matchups. For the Conference Championships, though, his choices were New England or a return trip to Atlanta. Normally, you’d have expected Goodell to make an effort to spread himself around the league and go to the stadium he hadn’t visited yet. Nope. Goodell was back in Atlanta on Sunday afternoon, again shunning the Pats and adding fuel to the storylines of a rivalry.

Patriots fans noticed. They trolled Goodell with chants of “Where’s Roger?” and “Roooooooggger, Roooooooogger.”

Brady was asked after the game if the thought of Goodell having to hand the Lombardi Trophy over to New England owner Robert Kraft, head coach Bill Belichick, and Brady himself, was extra motivation to win a fifth Super Bowl. But the veteran leader scoffed at the idea of playing for revenge.

“I have no animosity towards anybody. I’m a very loving person,” Brady said, according to Gary Myers of the New York Daily News. “I want to win for my family and I want to win for my teammates and my coaches and our fans.”

Brady also claims he didn’t notice the “Where’s Roger?” chants.

Brady has a chance to become the only quarterback to win five Super Bowl rings in Houston in two weeks. He’s currently tied with Joe Montana and Terry Bradshaw, all with four apiece.

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