49ers news: What did Tom Brady say to Dre Greenlaw after the game?
By Peter Panacy
Dre Greenlaw brazenly asked Tom Brady to autograph two intercepted balls from the 49ers’ lopsided win over the Buccaneers, but what did Brady say back?
There were plenty of items to discuss in the wake of the San Francisco 49ers’ 35-7 one-sided victory over quarterback Tom Brady and the visiting Tampa Bay Buccaneers last Sunday.
Not only did the Niners spoil Brady’s homecoming to Northern California, but a rookie by the name of Brock Purdy became the first quarterback making his first-ever NFL start to actually beat Brady in a game.
And Purdy did so in a decisive fashion, ultimately being directly responsible for three touchdowns (two passing and a third rushing).
Those were big storylines, yes. However, mixed in the game was quite a bold move by linebacker Dre Greenlaw, who recorded one of two interceptions off Brady during the game in what was a complete defensive masterclass by San Francisco against the GOAT.
What did Greenlaw do after the game? Nothing more than asking Brady to autograph the intercepted ball, the moment shared by ESPN’s Adam Schefter below:
“I went like a little fangirl,” Greenlaw told reporters after the game. “I’ve got to soothe him up, make him feel better. Like, ‘Yeah, man. You’re the greatest ever.’ All that good stuff. But he is! He is. And he was like, ‘Yeah, I appreciate it, man. Good job.’ I was like, ‘You don’t even got to sign the ball,’ because he looked like he was going through a lot.”
Greenlaw also admitted he got a little help from fellow linebacker Fred Warner, who can be seen in the above video chatting it up with Brady, too.
And Greenlaw didn’t just get his own intercepted ball autographed by Brady. No, Greenlaw got another autograph for the ball that safety Tashaun Gipson intercepted as well.
Nicely played, Dre. Nicely played.
Tom Brady reveals what he thought about 49ers LB Dre Greenlaw autograph request
On Tuesday, Brady elaborated a bit more on his Let’s Go Podcast with cohosts Larry Fitzgerald and Jim Gray (h/t Jenna Laine of ESPN) about what happened when Greenlaw approached him for the autographs.
Brady’s response is actually quite entertaining:
"It was s— for me, to be honest. It was complete s— [laughter. But I try to be a gentleman. No, actually, I mean, look, it was a great play he made.I’m happy he’s got the ball. I wish I didn’t throw it, but I’m trying to be a good sport. Because a lot of times I’m not a good sport. I can be a pretty bad sport. In the moment when they get me in the right frame of mind, I’m actually a good sport."
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At least Brady is having a little fun with the discussion.
And it was certainly appreciated by Greenlaw, too.
“He’s a good guy,” Greenlaw said in that same postgame interview. “That’s big-time. I appreciate him. He’s the greatest. He’s the GOAT, so I appreciate that.”