Tom Brady had his teammate’s back during a recent game between the Buccaneers and the Panthers, refusing to leave the field until he made sure Rob Gronkowski hit the goals laid out to receive a hefty monetary incentive.
Gronkowski needed 85 receiving yards in the game to unlock a $500,000 bonus, and seven catches for another cool half a million. He achieved the first early on in the second half, but had only six catches under his belt with just minutes left in the game.
Coach Bruce Arians tried to pull Brady out of the game with the clock running out and the Bucs in the lead, but video caught Brady refusing to go.
Shortly after, he passed the ball to Gronkowski, helping him hit that seventh catch required for his financial windfall, and then promptly sat out the rest of the game.
The show of sportsmanship from Brady comes shortly after Antonio Brown criticized him over Brown’s contract.
“If Tom Brady’s my boy, why am I playing for an earnest salary?” he asked on a podcast after leaving the team mid-game. “You my boy, though, right? Gronkowski is his boy, right? How much did he get paid? So, why is AB on a prove-it deal? Who’s better than me over there? Let’s be real!”
Last year, Brady made headlines for pulling the same thing with Brown as he did with Gronk this weekend, repeatedly passing the ball to the wide receiver so he could rake in a $250,000 incentive.
Still, fans argued over whether Brady would have done the same for Brown this time around.
Of course, we’ll never actually find out what Brady would have done if Brown needed help with getting his incentives this year — but Gronkowski certainly got his.
And the Bucs ultimately won their game against the Panthers 41 to 17.