Tom Brady pushes back against cynics while talking about relationship with Bill Belichick

On Sunday night, Tom Brady played one of the toughest regular-season games of his NFL career when he and his Tampa Bay Buccaneers teammates traveled to Foxborough to take on his former team, the New England Patriots.

The game came right down to the wire but in the end, Brady and the Bucs emerged victorious against a Patriots team led by legendary head coach, Bill Belichick.

“God,” Brady said, “is it hard to come in here and win a football game.”

For years, Brady and Belichick were the face of the Patriots franchise as they won Super Bowl after Super Bowl together. Yet, despite their unmatched success, there has always been speculation that the two have not necessarily seen eye-to-eye on many things.

Following Sunday’s game, Belichick and Brady met for over 20 minutes before emerging from the locker room. When Brady finally did come out for his post-game presser, he was asked about his meeting with his former coach.

“It was a very personal, private thing,” Brady said. “We’ve always had that type of relationship where we can say things to each other. You know, whoever characterizes our relationship is completely wrong. People want to focus on so much stuff that’s so unimportant. You know? We were together for 20-plus years and we were so productive and successful and I learned so much from him. Loved my experience here, loved my relationship with him.”