If Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady sets the NFL career passing report Sunday night time in opposition to his former workforce, and he wants solely 68 yards to do it, the New England Patriots will pause to acknowledge the achievement however will not stop the game for a ceremony, in accordance to a workforce official.
Patriots proprietor Robert Kraft additionally confirmed on ESPN’s Sunday NFL Countdown that Brady could be honored when he breaks the report and that there could be a pregame tribute video for the quarterback.
“I want everyone in this building to know, right before the Buccaneers come out, you look at the big board and for one minute we’re going to run something that I think is very respectful and worthy,” Kraft stated. “And if he winds up breaking the record — although I guess in some ways I hope he doesn’t, but realistically he will — the game will stop and we will honor that moment out of respect to him as a great athlete and what he’s given to us.”
While the Patriots will briefly acknowledge Brady’s accomplishment, what unfolds in Foxborough, Massachusetts, on Sunday night time if Brady sets the NFL mark will stand in stark distinction to how the New Orleans Saints handled Drew Brees when he set the report in 2018.
The Saints stopped the game, Brees’ household got here on to the sphere, Pro Football Hall of Fame president and CEO David Baker was there to get the soccer, and all the residence stadium celebrated.
Gillette Stadium would possibly have fun Sunday night time as properly, however the recognition will be temporary, because the game will go on with out interruption after acknowledging Brady’s feat.
Brady presently is at 80,291 passing yards, chasing the report that Brees holds with 80,358.
But Brady’s passing report will not be the one distinctive ingredient of what may be probably the most hyped and anticipated regular-season game in NFL historical past.
The Patriots have issued 506 media credentials, together with 262 for NBC, which is broadcasting the game. For perspective, the Patriots issued 206 whole media credentials for the workforce’s season opener in opposition to the Miami Dolphins on Sept. 12, with 70 going to broadcaster CBS. Last week in opposition to the Saints, the Patriots issued 215 credentials, together with 60 for broadcaster Fox.
New England additionally has two dozen alumni attending the game, together with former Brady teammates reminiscent of Ty Law, Deion Branch, Joe Andruzzi and Jarvis Green.
But simply as there may be all types of anticipation in New England, the identical is true in Tampa across the Buccaneers.
“Everyone’s playing it off as another game, but it’s not just another game,” one Buccaneers official stated this weekend.