Tom Brady questions perception of roughing the passer penalties, admits he gets leeway with trash talking

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Tom Brady on Tuesday addressed the perception he receives more roughing the passer penalties than any quarterback in the league and admitted there was at least one facet of the sport where he thinks he gets more leeway than others.

On the “Let’s Go!” podcast with legendary sportscaster Jim Gray, Brady was asked about why there was that feeling despite only getting one roughing the passer penalty in the regular season. In Sunday’s playoff win over the Philadelphia Eagles, Brady earned one when defensive end Derek Barnett hit him below the hip after he threw the ball. The call could’ve gone either way. 

Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady (12) gets sacked by Philadelphia Eagles defensive tackle Javon Hargrave during the first half of an NFL wild-card football game Sunday, Jan. 16, 2022, in Tampa, Fla.
(AP Photo/Jason Behnken)

“I think we should look that up, over the last whatever 10 years, who’s got the most roughing the passer penalties. I hope it’s not me because then I just put my foot in my mouth. But I don’t feel like I get them as much as people may think I get them.”

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers superstar then added there was one thing he thought he gets away with the most, and that’s unsportsmanlike conduct penalties for the amount of trash talking he’s doing on the field.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady (12) fires a pass against the Philadelphia Eagles during the first half of an NFL wild-card football game Sunday, Jan. 16, 2022, in Tampa, Fla.
(AP Photo/Jason Behnken)

“I do know they probably let me get away with a lot of unsportsmanlike conducts, talking smack to the other team and talking smack to the refs when I don’t think I get the right call,” he said. “I’m kind of a pain in their a–, if you don’t already know that.”

Cris Collinsworth, the NBC Sports broadcaster and the majority owner of Pro Football Focus, pointed out Brady had the fourth-lowest rate of roughing the pass penalties since 2015.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady (12) waves to the fans after the team defeated the Philadelphia Eagles during an NFL wild-card football game Sunday, Jan. 16, 2022, in Tampa, Fla. 
(AP Photo/Mark LoMoglio)

Brady and the Buccaneers have a huge matchup on Sunday with a trip to the NFC Championship on the line. Tampa Bay plays the Los Angeles Rams at 3 p.m. ET. on NBC.

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