New England Patriots

FOXBOROUGH, MA - JANUARY 21: Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots celebrates with owner Robert Kraft after winning the AFC Championship Game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at Gillette Stadium on January 21, 2018 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

By Matt Dolloff,

If Tom Brady leads the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to victory over the Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl LV on Sunday, he is going to make the Patriots look really, really bad. Exponentially worse than he already has on his latest remarkable playoff run.

Robert Kraft wants it to happen.

Call him a masochist, but in reality Kraft is simply a close friend of Brady’s. And like he would with any close friend, he wants to see him succeed.

“I’m rooting for Tom Brady,” Kraft told CBS Sunday Morning in a new interview. “I’m so excited. We’ve had some great communications. He is such a special human being. We were privileged to have him here for two decades, and he’s one of the finest human beings I’ve ever met.

“He knows how to lead, and I wish him well. I really hope he wins Sunday.”

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Whether Kraft meant what he said or not, Brady hoisting a seventh Lombardi Trophy in another uniform couldn’t possibly sit well with him from a Patriots standpoint. If anything, Kraft could use Brady’s victory to give Bill Belichick the proverbial kick in the ass.

Those conversations should happen anyway in Foxborough. But Brady winning another Super Bowl with Tampa Bay would have a chance to launch the Patriots into another gear. Because if Belichick doesn’t find a good quarterback and turn the team around in a hurry, it’s only going to look worse for them.

We talked a lot more about the whole dynamic between Brady, Belichick, Kraft, and the Patriots in the newest episode of the SideLines podcast with myself and Ty Anderson. Have a listen below.

Matt Dolloff is a digital producer for Any opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of 98.5 The Sports Hub, Beasley Media Group, or any subsidiaries. Have a news tip, question, or comment for Matt? Yell at him on Twitter @mattdolloff or send him a nasty email at