Tom Brady not fazed by Willie Colon’s hatred of the New England Patriots
With Jets-Patriots Week in full swing, Tom Brady — who has enough problems of his own as he deals with the tragedy that befell his face courtesy of a black eye, casually shrugged off New York Jets guard Willie Colon’s efforts at smack talk this week when he said he hates the New England Patriots.
In fact, the Patriots quarterback pretty much admitted that as far as the oft-antagonistic rivalry between the teams is concerned, nothing fazes him anymore.
On Tuesday, Colon put it quite clearly to the New York Daily News that he has no love for the Patriots, succinctly saying, “I just hate them.”
When informed of Colon’s expressed hostility towards he and his teammates and the entire Patriots organization, Brady didn’t bite, didn’t engage Colon by trading barbs that would only lead to more back-and-forth between the teams and unneeded and unnecessary distractions.
“Not much fazes me with Jets-Patriots at this point, or Yankees-Red Sox,” Brady said on Wednesday according to a New York Daily News report. “I’ve been around to hear the banter that goes back and forth. It’s a healthy rivalry. It’s because both cities take a lot of pride in winning and we love our sports. It should be an exciting weekend.”
And like good soldiers in Belichick’s Battalion who rarely rise to taunts or participate in anything that remotely could be quantified as “Bulletin Board Material,” other Patriots players downplayed, disregarded and pretty much ignored Colon’s comments as well.
“Everyone has their likes and dislikes,” quipped cornerback Devin McCourty.
Echoing the sentiments expressed by McCourty and Brady, right tackle Sebastian Vollmer, when asked if he had any reaction to Colon’s comments, said, “No. We just got to play on Sunday.”
While a few days remain before the teams take the field on Sunday for an epic AFC East match-up, these kind of canned, controlled responses are what should be expected from the Patriots. That’s just how they roll.