Tom Brady didn’t congratulate Eagles QB Nick Foles after Super Bowl
It’s customary for the two starting quarterbacks to embrace with a postgame handshake at the conclusion of the Super Bowl, regardless of the result. On Sunday evening, that’s not what happened between the New England Patriots’ Tom Brady and the Philadelphia Eagles’ Nick Foles.
Foles and Brady apparently did not see each other on the field after the game, and according to NFL Total Access host Lindsay Rhodes, the five-time Super Bowl champion from New England is yet to reach out to Foles with a call or text.
“Foles tells us he has not yet spoken with Tom Brady. They did not see each other on the field for the traditional QB handshake.”
Foles said that he attempted to find Brady after the mass of humanity stormed the field following the final play, but he was unsuccessful. From CBS Sports’ John Breech:
“I didn’t get to see Tom. I was looking for Tom,” Foles said. “It got pretty crazy really fast. He’s one of the greatest of all time. Guy does it right. He has been unbelievable. He was unbelievable tonight. I can’t say enough about him.”
More likely than not, it probably slipped Brady’s mind in the heat of the moment, especially given that the Patriots had a chance to tie the game until his final Hail Mary attempt fell incomplete. Still, it’s fair to note that Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton was criticized quite a bit for not shaking Peyton Manning’s hand after the Denver Broncos won Super Bowl 50.
Don’t think Brady shook Foles hand after the gm. Are we going to criticize him like we did Cam? Asking for a friend.
— shannon sharpe (@ShannonSharpe) February 5, 2018
Brady will likely eventually reach out to Foles, who won the MVP award after throwing for 373 yards and three touchdowns to lead Philadelphia to its first Super Bowl title. Brady was seen congratulating other members of the Eagles, including Derek Barnett, who talked about the interaction with Jim Wyatt of TitansOnline:
“He was super cool. He told me we had a hell of a season, and we deserved it. And he told me to keep working hard. He’s a great player, and a great competitor.”