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Antonio Smith: Referring to Tom Brady as a crybaby is ‘accurate’

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Denver Broncos defensive end Antonio Smith did his part in raising the level of pregame rhetoric to trash-talking proportions ahead of Sunday’s AFC Championship Game tilt against the New England Patriots by refusing to dispute the notion that Tom Brady is a crybaby.

Smith reportedly was asked point blank if Brady is in fact a crybaby during an interview with Colorado’s The Gazette. His response certainly indicated he believes that to be the case.

“That would be an accurate statement. I’ve never seen any quarterback look to the referee right after he gets sacked more than Brady,” Smith said, per The Gazette, by way of Eye on Football. “Every time he gets sacked he looks at the ref like, ‘You see him sack me? Was that supposed to happen? He did it a little hard. Please throw a 15-yard penalty on him. Get him fined.'”

Whether or not Smith’s characterization of Brady is an accurate one, he nevertheless finds many positive qualities in his upcoming opponent, as he went on to refer to the Patriots signal-caller as “automatic.”

Smith then proceeded to pay Brady another compliment, albeit a backhanded one.

“He’s not going to rattle just because you hit him hard. I’ve tried over the years,” Smith said. “That’s what D-linemen think: ‘The harder you hit the quarterback, the better it will make it on the secondary.’

“With Brady, he’s a great competitor. You know it’s coming. He’s going to cry about getting hit, but he’s going to take the hit and keep going.”

Gamesmanship of all kinds has long been a component of NFL football. Brady’s apparent proclivity to call for penalties — as is Smith’s trash talk calling him out for it — are all part of the same thing.

And to think: It’s only Tuesday. Expect comments like this to continue right up to kick-off.