Tom Brady Says Grady Jarrett Roughing the Passer Penalty Like a 'Long, Unwelcome Hug'

Doric SamOctober 11, 2022

TAMPA, FLORIDA - OCTOBER 09: Grady Jarrett #97 of the Atlanta Falcons sacks Tom Brady #12 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the fourth quarter of the game at Raymond James Stadium on October 09, 2022 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Julio Aguilar/Getty Images)
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Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady received a lot of attention this weekend after Atlanta Falcons pass-rusher Grady Jarrett was flagged for a roughing the passer penalty. The play kept Tampa Bay's late fourth-quarter drive alive and effectively sealed the 21-15 win for the Bucs.

During his Let's Go! podcast on SiriusXM on Monday, Brady described the play from his perspective.

"It was a long hug, a long unwelcome hug from Grady," Brady said (h/t Kevin Patra of NFL.com). "And he was in the backfield all day. So as I said after the games, I don't throw flags. What I do throw is tablets, and I didn't have one accessible at that time. He had a hell of a game. I'll leave it at that."

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"The defender grabbed the quarterback ... and unnecessarily [threw] him to the ground"<br><br>Jerome Boger when asked about his late game roughing the passer call on Falcons' Grady Jarrett <a href="https://t.co/uvGUBXeSWZ">pic.twitter.com/uvGUBXeSWZ</a>

Jarrett was having a strong game prior to the controversial play, which removed a sack from his stat line. Brady offered him some praise for his performance Sunday.

"I woke up this morning, I was looking around the corner everywhere for Grady Jarrett jumping out and hitting me again," Brady joked. "He played such a good game against us yesterday and I had nightmares last night kind of thinking about him. But I'm glad we're through with that game. I'm glad we won."