Tom Brady: 'Just keep my mouth shut' about getting fans pumped

Mike Petraglia
September 12, 2012 - 11:33 am

FOXBORO -- It's not something Tom Brady really wants to remember. Last year at this time, just before the home opener with the Chargers, he pleaded with the Patriots fans to get riled up and make it a real home field advantage as the Patriots kicked off their home schedule with a 4:15 p.m. ET game. "Yeah, start drinking early," Brady said when asked. "Get nice and rowdy. It's a 4:15 game, they'll have a lot of time to get lubed up, come out here and cheer for the home team." Of course, those words didn't go over so well with team management or ownership, which has successfully shed a not-so respectable reputation of the 1970s and 80s, when football was secondary to partying in Foxboro. The Patriots later clarified, "He meant 'stay hydrated, drink a lot of water. Be loud, drink responsibly.'" And because the comments didn't go over well with ownership, Bill Belichick was involved, something Brady knew would not make the coach too happy. Brady didn't make the same mistake on Wednesday when asked about this week's home opener against the Cardinals at 1 p.m. at Gillette. "I forgot about that," Brady said, referring to the ill-fated comments. "Thanks for bringing that up. I heard about that for a while from Coach Belichick so I'll probably just keep my mouth shut. Hopefully, we give them a lot of reasons to cheer, to be excited. That usually results from us playing well. Hopefully, that happens again. "We get great support. We get great support at training camp. This is a sports town. People that come out and support us. We love them. We have great fans that cheer loud and the more touchdowns we score, the louder they're going to cheer. Hopefully, we can get them revved up early."