Tom Brady downplays Nick Foles handshake snub in Week 5
Tom Brady has snubbed Nick Foles on the traditional postgame handshake on two consecutive occasions, and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback insisted Thursday that it’s nothing personal.
Following the Chicago Bears’ 20-19 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Thursday night at Soldier Field, cameras covering the interactions between players documented how Brady did not seek out Foles to shake hands.
Brady does not go out to shake Nick Foles’s hand after the Bears win pic.twitter.com/rzeiBDdRYq— Weston Blasi (@westonblasi) October 9, 2020
It’s certainly a breach of standard postgame protocol — and arguably good sportsmanship. As noted, there of course is some history here when it comes to Brady’s postgame avoidance of Foles.
Following the Philadelphia Eagles’ upset victory over the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LII — a game in which Foles earned MVP honors — Brady failed to meet his quarterbacking counterpart at midfield after the game to exchange pleasantries.
Foles downplayed the Super Bowl snub in the weeks that followed the incident, and he did the same following this season’s midfield slight by Brady.
The Bucs quarterback was asked Thursday about what occurred at Soldier Field a few weeks back, and Brady insisted he holds Foles in the highest regard.
#GoBucs QB Tom Brady says of not shaking hands with #Bears QB Nick Foles: "I don't think it's anything in particular except I have great admiration for Nick and he's off to a helluva start.'' Says he knows Drew Brees and Aaron Rodgers better.— Rick Stroud (@NFLSTROUD) October 22, 2020
It merits noting that not only does Brady hate losing, a mental error late in the loss to the Bears — it appeared the veteran lost track of downs on the Bucs’ final drive — surely left him aggravated and surly.
That doesn’t mean Brady should get a pass on leaving Foles hanging on a handshake yet again, however. His explanation certainly doesn’t help resolve the situation, either.