When Tom Brady hit free agency a few years ago, the whole scenario was a surprise for the legendary quarterback to walk away from a championship dynasty. Instead of the Buccaneers, Brady came close to going to another team.
UFC president Dana White made an appearance on Rob Gronkowski’s UFC telecast on Saturday night. During the appearance, Gronk nagged White into telling the story of how he nearly recruited Brady to become the quarterback of the Las Vegas Raiders during the 2020 off-season. According to White, Jon Gruden stopped Brady from coming to Las Vegas when he was then head coach.
“Do I really tell this story right now? Do you want me to tell this story?” White asked Gronkowski. “I worked to put that deal together for Brady and Gronk to come to the Raiders. It was almost a done deal. And at the last minute, Gruden blew the deal up and said that he didn’t want him. All hell broke loose. It was crazy. Brady was already looking at houses. It wasn’t being said yet that Gronk was coming. So Las Vegas would have had Brady and Gronk the year the Bucs won the Super Bowl, except Gruden blew the deal up.”
“I was never going to tell that story until Gronk just said it. And Dana, that is exactly what happened.”
The story could also provide some insight into one of Brady’s most infamous quotes during a 2021 appearance on HBO’s “The Shop.” This prompted football fans to speculate who scorned the future Hall of Famer.
“One of the teams, they weren’t interested at the very end. I was thinking, ‘You’re sticking with that mother [bleeper]?'” Brady said Could “that mother [bleeper]” have been Raiders quarterback Derek Carr? That seems to at least be a possibility based on White’s story.
That’s a big “What If” scenario of Brady and Gronk joining the Raiders, but Gruden being a toxic coach in the NFL killed the opportunity. Who knows what kind of superior record Brady and Gronk would’ve had?
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