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Seven Words From Patriots to Brady

Emotional intelligence in sports? How left field!
By News Team
Published on February 15, 2021

Tom Brady Tom Brady and his family celebrating Brady’s 7th Super Bowl win

The former New England Patriots quarter back who led the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to a 31-9 victory over the heavily favored Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl LV, has received a moving 7-word tweet after his 7th Super Bowl win.

New England Patriots tweeted "Congratulations to the greatest of all time." The Patriots didn't tag Brady, or post a picture to go with this tweet, but everyone knows who they are referencing and we can't help but feel a little fuzzy inside as a result.

Brady spent 20 season with the Patriots, racking up six of his seven Super Bowl wins with them. Nobody quite knows why Brady decided to move on from them, but after signing with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on March 20 last year for a two-year contract, many were very confused.

Kansas City Chiefs were the favored team to win Super Bowl LV, but with a touch of Brady magic, the Lombardi Trophy was lifted for the 7th time by Brady, this time for the Bucs.

Why is this particular tweet news-worthy? Well, the New England Patriots could have suffered in silence at the fact that their former star player has won a Super Bowl for a competitor. Instead of this, or trash-talking Brady, they wrote a powerful, yet simple, tweet which shows emotional intelligence which has moved many people, whether they're Patriot fans or not.

A classy move, showing maturity and goodwill not many expect in such a high-stakes game as football, could mean a future for a Brady-Patriots partnership. Most likely not coming back as a quarterback, but maybe as a team ambassador or coach.

The Patriots' olive branch sets a wonderful precedent for employers in the sports field and beyond:
• Don't demonize a former employee who has left for a competitor.
• Don't burn that bridge, don't ignore their accomplishments, or worse, belittle their achievements.
• Instead, think about congratulating them, reaching out, creating an affable relationship with them after you've parted ways.
• You never know - you could be opening the door to a mutually prosperous future.

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