Brad Marchand: Tom Brady in another jersey would ‘come back to bite everyone in their butts’

Matt Kalman
January 06, 2020 - 1:09 pm

The Patriots’ season is over and the offseason of speculation about Tom Brady’s future is in full force.

The Bruins have their own problems to deal with considering they’ve won just four of their last 15 games (4-5-6), but that didn’t stop them from opinion on the Pats’ demise and Brady’s future.

 “You know he’s the best quarterback to play,” Bruins forward Brad Marchand said after practice Monday. “But I think fans needs to open their eyes and realize how grateful they should be that he’s been part of that organization, he’s been catching a little bit of heat, but the guy’s a legend and he just won them five, six, seven championships, whatever it was. And they may not have had the year that people would’ve liked but he’s a hell of a quarterback and I’m sure he’s got a few years left in him.

“We’d love to see him back, he’s part of this city and it’d be pretty tough to see him in any other jersey. And I can pretty much guarantee he’d come back to bite everyone in their butts. So hopefully he’s back next year.”

Now two months shy of turning 43, Bruins captain Zdeno Chara has always taken a keen interest in Brady’s career and the 42-year-old quarterback’s longevity.

Chara was asked what it would be like if Brady were to leave New England or retire.

“I think we’ve got to realize what he’s done for this city, for the sport, for the league, for thousands and thousands of children growing up. It’s been obviously such a huge motivator and such an inspiring story,” the defenseman said. “You know he has such a great effect on everything he does in such positive ways, so I’m sure he’s going to make the right decision. So I think we just got to really cherish what he accomplished, what he brought to the sport, like I said, and to this city. It’s something that probably won’t be ever done again and … he’s the greatest.”

Loose pucks

Joakim Nordstrom didn't practice Monday because of illness and will not play in Nashville on Tuesday. ... Anders Bjork will move up to play right wing on David Krejci's line with Jake DeBrusk against the Predators. ... Connor Clifton remains out of the Bruins lineup with an upper-body injury.

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