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BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS - MAY 09: Chris Wagner #14 of the Boston Bruins celebrates after scoring a third period goal against Petr Mrazek #34 of the Carolina Hurricanes in Game One of the Eastern Conference Final during the 2019 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at TD Garden on May 09, 2019 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

A Walpole native, Bruins forward and Boston sports superfan Chris Wagner grew up less than 10 minutes from Gillette Stadium. And you can count the 30-year-old among those with conflicted feelings about Tom Brady’s return this Sunday night.

“Weird, obviously,” Wagner said of Brady’s upcoming return to Foxboro. “I don’t know, it’s kind of sad that he’s doing real well. Like I said before, I’m kind of sick of the whole social media thing. I don’t even follow along with what he said, what his dad said versus what Bill [Belichick] said. That’s just like, ‘Alright, he’s gone. Let’s give it a rest and move on and try to win on Sunday.’”

This isn’t the first time that Wagner has chimed in on the Boston sports scene. If you remember, Wagner actually chirped at Kyrie Irving’s ‘Uncle Drew’ movies in a comment on a SportsCenter Instagram post back in 2019.

The comment blew up — likely because of the Instagram algorithm that tends to show comments from verified accounts or accounts with large followings — which led to Wagner saying that he was just joking around with a friend and didn’t know it’d blow up the way it did. (For the record, Wagner was indeed like everyone else in Boston and right to blow up Kyrie for that goofy comment.)

And Wagner once again proved that he’s just like the rest of us when talking about the actual Buccaneers vs. Patriots game coming up, and not just the Brady vs. Bill ‘rivalry’ it’s come with ahead of the Sunday Night Football showdown.

“I just really hope [the Patriots] don’t get killed,” Wagner said. “I’m definitely rooting for them.”

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