By Ty Anderson, 985TheSportsHub.com
A postgame handshake over six months in the making between Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and Eagles quarterback Nick Foles finally happened at the 50-yard line of Gillette Stadium sometime before 11 p.m. on Thursday night. Fittingly, it came in a largely empty Gillette Stadium — with most hitting the road early in a 37-20 final for the Patriots that was all New England from the jump — and with both quarterbacks smiling. Brady even told Foles, “I’m happy for ‘ya.”
To most, this (rightfully) should have meant as much as a handshake between Henry Poggi and Halapoulivaati Vaitai (I absolutely promise you that those are two real players that were involved in tonight’s game in some way, shape, or form).
But to some, this was Brady making up for his postgame handshake snubbing of Foles after the Patriots lost Super Bowl LII. According to Brady and Foles, though, everything about that ‘snub’ angle is just a whole lot of nothing.
“I did hear that,” Brady admitted when asked about the story about he and Foles not shaking hands in February. “I know that (story) was kind of made up to me because that was never my intention that I would, you know, be a bad sport.”
Foles, who left the game early with a shoulder strain but spoke to reporters after the game, agreed.
“I think everyone’s made a big deal about it,” said Foles. “I don’t think Tom and I think — you know, there’s a lot of craziness. I’ve always respected Tom. I met Tom several times and it was great to see him. But like I said, I think everyone made a bigger deal because at the end of the day, he’s a great dude. He’s a heck of a player, one of the greatest of all time and you know, to say hi, that’s what quarterbacks do after games. I know everyone made a big deal of the Super Bowl but the Super Bowl’s chaos after. But he was nice, as he always is, so I wished him the best of luck this season.”
“I have a lot of respect for Nick and Carson [Wentz], all those quarterbacks, and that team and the way they played. They’re a great team. I know how hard it is to win that last game, and they did it and congrats to them,” Brady added. “But, we’re on to 2018. We’ve got our goals ahead of us. We’re going to try to go out and put together a great year.”
With all eyes on Brady’s postgame handshake habits, too.
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