BOSTON (CBS) – A seemingly innocuous comment at a Super Bowl rally from Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is being turned into prime-time trash talk by the New York media.
The New York Post featured Brady’s face on the front and back pages of its Monday edition with the headlines “Tom talks trash” and “Tom’s Taunt.”
“We’re going down there for one reason,” Brady told the estimated crowd of 25,000 fans at Sunday’s rally at Gillette Stadium. “We’re going to give it our best, and hopefully we have a lot more people at our party next weekend.”
WBZ-TV’s Dan Roche reports.
After arriving in Indianapolis on Sunday afternoon, Brady was asked if he was trying to project confidence with his statement.
“Well, it was a pep rally,” Brady answered. “People were pretty excited.”
The New York Post, though, suggested Giants coach Tom Coughlin should use the party plans as bulletin board material for defensive linemen Jason Pierre-Paul, Osi Umenyiora and Justin Tuck, among others.
Last week, the Post reported that Giants players were inspired by Brady’s “arrogance” when talking to reporters prior to Super Bowl XLII. On Sunday, Brady went out of his way to compliment the Giants’ defensive line several times.
“Justin Tuck is as good as they come. Osi, week in and week out, he’s a player who can ruin a game for an offense,” Brady said in Indianapolis. “You look at the group they have now, and they have a ton of depth at the defensive line position. There were times this year when they weren’t all out there as a group, but they’re out there now and they’re playing extremely hard.”
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