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Tom Brady on K&C: 'I am really happy for Jimmy [Garoppolo]'

Ryan Hannable
December 26, 2017 - 7:36 am

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady joined Kirk & Callahan with John Dennis and Mike Mutnansky filling in on Tuesday to discuss the win over the Bills on Sunday, Jimmy Garoppolo and to look ahead to the regular-season finale against the Jets. To hear the complete interview, visit the Kirk & Callahan audio on demand page.

Garoppolo was traded to the 49ers from the Patriots right before the trade deadline, and now that he's been given the chance to start, the quarterback is 4-0 with his new team. His best win may have come Sunday against the Jaguars, as the 49ers won a wild one, 44-33. The win also allowed the Patriots to clinch a first-round bye in the upcoming playoffs.

“He’s done a great job," Brady said. "You go in there and get the opportunity to play and win games, that is what we are all here for. It was good to see and good for them to beat Jacksonville, that really helped us. I am really happy for Jimmy and he’s worked really hard. It shows up when he goes out there and plays really well.”

Garoppolo has credited his time with the Patriots for helping with his success thus far, and a lot of comparisons have been made with some of the things he has been doing to what Brady and the Patriots have done over the years.

“It’s really a credit to him," Brady said. "You do what you can with the opportunities you get. I think it is great for any player and anyone who has been in the Patriots system to watch how the coaches prepare the players. There is obviously a high standard and high expectations for us every time we take the field. Anytime you’re in a winning environment, that definitely helps and I think guys really enjoy that. You take what you can and use that in other places if that is where you go. Like I said, what they are doing is a credit to them. I don’t think anyone should take credit for what those guys have accomplished.”

Brady was asked a hypothetical question of what if the Patriots decided to trade him and not Garoppolo either before the season or at the trade deadline. Brady acknowledged anyone can be traded at any time in the NFL, but he loves playing for the Patriots.

“I have no idea," he said. "I don’t entertain those things. Those things are not in my control. Anyone can get traded at any point, at any time. Coaches have been traded, players have been traded, everyone in the NFL — Joe Montana. I always say Joe Montana has played for another team and Randy Moss has been traded many times and Brett Favre. There’s just so many great players that have played on other teams. I don’t think anything surprises me. It’s certainly a business and we as players certainly understand that. Things happen and over the course of all the years I have been here, from my first year up until now, you do the best you can do when you are on the team. You play to help the team win and then you let other situations take care of themselves. I have been fortunate to play with so many great players and learn from a lot of those great players who have moved on to play for other teams. They still remain friends and we’ve built some really lasting relationships. I think that is one of the most gratifying things about playing pro sports.”

Added Brady: “Who knows, these are all hypotheticals. We can go through all 31 teams, but I am here with the Patriots and I’ve loved playing for this team and Mr. [Robert] Kraft and Jonathan, playing for Coach [Bill] Belichick and all the other coaches and all the great players. I think I have had it pretty good. I don’t really think too often about what could have been, or what should have been or what might have been. I know where I am at and we’ve done a pretty good job here and hopefully we can keep it going.”