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Feb 4, 2021; Tampa, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady (12) talks with Kansas City Chiefs strong safety Tyrann Mathieu (32) during the second quarter in Super Bowl LV at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

98.5 The Sports Hub staff report

One of the fiercest competitors in sports history, Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady unleashed his wrath on the Chiefs’ Tyrann Mathieu late in the first half of his team’s 31-9 beatdown of Kansas City in Super Bowl LV.

The two exchanged verbal barbs, and after Brady targeted Mathieu for a touchdown, the 43-year-old Brady went right up to Mathieu and reminded him what just happened. That left a bad taste in the mouth of Mathieu, known to most as ‘The Honey Badger’ dating back to his college days, and ultimately led to an unsportsmanlike penalty against Mathieu.

TAMPA, FLORIDA – FEBRUARY 07: Tom Brady #12 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers speaks to Tyrann Mathieu #32 of the Kansas City Chiefs during the second quarter in Super Bowl LV at Raymond James Stadium on February 07, 2021 in Tampa, Florida. (Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

But with a cooler head on Monday morning after winning his seventh Super Bowl championship, Brady reportedly texted an apology to Mathieu, according to a report from ESPN’s Jenna Laine.

“Brady told Mathieu he’d watched him since his days at LSU, and he praised Mathieu for his heart, calling him an ‘incredible leader, champion and class act,'” the ESPN report relayed. “Brady also expressed his desire to apologize in person in the future. He said his outbursts in an emotional moment were in no way a reflection on his feelings toward Mathieu, whom he spoke of highly throughout the week leading up to the game.”

Brady’s apology comes after an obviously frustrated Mathieu said that ‘he had never seen that side of Brady before’ and after a series of since-deleted tweets where Mathieu accused Brady of calling him “something [he] won’t repeat.”

And though the sides have moved on from their skirmish, Brady’s on-field fire will certainly remain there in 2021, as the five-time Super Bowl MVP has already committed to returning to the Bucs next season.

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