If the Tampa Bay pirate quarterback Tom Brady The NFL sets an all-time record Sunday night against its former team, and only needs 68 yards to do so, the New England Patriots will pause to admit it but won’t stop the game for a party, according to a team official.
The Patriots are expected to briefly acknowledge Brady’s achievement. But what would happen in Foxboro, Massachusetts, on Sunday night if Brady ever set the NFL passer mark would stand in stark contrast to the way the New Orleans Saints handled Drew Bryce when he set the record.
The Saints stopped the game, the Bryce family entered the stadium, Pro Football Hall of Fame David Baker was there to get the ball rolling, and the entire home stadium celebrated.
Gillette Stadium may celebrate Sunday night, too, but the admission will be short, as the game will continue uninterrupted after acknowledging Brady’s achievement.
Brady currently has 80,291 yards, and is chasing the record held by Bryce with 80,358.
But Brady’s passing record won’t be the only unique component of what may be the most exciting and anticipated regular season game in NFL history.
The Patriots issued 506 media credentials for the game, including 262 for NBC that broadcasts the game. For perspective, the Patriots released 206 total media credentials for the team’s inaugural season against the Miami Dolphins on September 12, with 70 going to CBS. In the past week against the Saints, the Patriots issued 215 credentials (including 60 credentials for a Fox broadcaster).
The Patriots also have over two dozen former alumni attending the game, including former Brady teammates Ty Law, Deion Branch, Joe Andruzzi and Jarvis Green.
But just as there is all sorts of anticipation in New England, the same is true of Tampa around pirates. “Everyone plays it like another game, but it’s not just another game,” one hacker official said this weekend.
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