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Tom Brady asked how Patriots fans should feel about him reaching Super Bowl

Tom Brady was asked during his media availability Thursday about how New England Patriots fans should feel about the six-time Super Bowl winner reaching the big game with another team. To no surprise, Brady issued a response in his patently savvy and evasive manner.

Brady of course has led the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to a berth in Super Bowl LV in his first season with the team after a two-decade run in New England that yielded six titles in nine Super Bowl appearances.

Patriots fans understandably have to feel torn over seeing Brady enjoying so much success in Tampa, which is only exacerbated by how the Patriots bottomed out in the first season of the post-Brady era.

While some Patriots fans are unlikely to ever forgive Brady for his departure, the 43-year-old signal-caller has nothing but fond memories of his dynastic run with the organization.

“I had an incredible 20 years (in New England),” Brady responded when asked how Patriots fans should feel about him and the Bucs reaching the Super Bowl, as transcribed by NESN. “Really, an incredible 20 years. I wouldn’t change anything over the course of 20 years. That was magical, and all the relationships I developed, those shaped me into who I am as a person, as a player. My kids were born in Boston. I have great affection for the city and for everything that Boston has meant to me and my family — and all of New England, not just Boston.”

Brady has been nothing but diplomatic since his decision to sign with the Buccaneers in March of last year, often taking the high road even though his split with the Patriots was a somewhat contentious one.

Still, Brady insists leaving the Patriots for the Buccaneers was nothing personal.

“It was a great 20 years, and at the end of the day, I had an opportunity to become a free agent,” Brady said. “I evaluated different opportunities and just tried to make the best possible decision for myself and my family. I chose Tampa, and it’s just been an amazing experience.”

In what will come as no surprise to legions of Patriots fans who cheered Brady on for 20 years — although it may inspire some measure of regret for what could have been — the quarterback already appears to be locked in with Super Bowl LV still more than a week away.