People.com Entertainment Sports Tom Brady Calls Buccaneers 'Intriguing,' Says 'Relationships' with Patriots 'Will Be Maintained' "There are a lot of things that were intriguing to me about the organization and the players and the coaches and the willingness to try to accomplish what the goal of playing football is, which is to win," Tom Brady said of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers this week By Lindsay Kimble Lindsay Kimble Lindsay Kimble is a Senior Digital News Editor and the Sports Editor for PEOPLE Digital. She's worked at PEOPLE for over seven years as a writer, reporter and editor across our Entertainment, Lifestyle and News teams, covering everything from the Super Bowl to the Met Gala. She's been nominated for the ASME NEXT Awards for Journalists Under 30, and previously wrote for Us Weekly while on staff at Wenner Media. People Editorial Guidelines and Jason Duaine Hahn Jason Duaine Hahn Website Jason Hahn is a Human Interest and Sports Reporter for PEOPLE. He's worked at PEOPLE's Los Angeles Bureau as a writer and reporter since 2017 and has interviewed the likes of Kobe Bryant, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Tom Brady. He has a B.A. in English from the University of California, Berkeley, and a Master's degree in Journalism from Columbia University. He previously worked for Complex Magazine in New York City. People Editorial Guidelines Published on March 24, 2020 02:02 PM Share Tweet Pin Email Photo: Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for TB12 Tom Brady found his new team “intriguing” before officially taking the plunge and leaving the New England Patriots to become a Tampa Bay Buccaneer. In a media call with reporters on Tuesday, including PEOPLE, Brady spoke about his decision to play for the Florida team after becoming a free agent following 20 years with the Patriots. “There are a lot of things that were intriguing to me about the organization and the players and the coaches and the willingness to try to accomplish what the goal of playing football is, which is to win,” Brady, 42, said. One week ago, Brady shocked fans when he announced his departure from the New England Patriots, with whom he won six Super Bowl championships. Brady joined the Patriots when the team selected him with the 199th pick in the sixth round of the 2000 NFL draft. Then, on Friday, Brady announced that he decided to sign with the Buccaneers. “Excited, humble and hungry … if there is one thing I have learned about football, it’s that nobody cares what you did last year or the year before that … you earn the trust and respect of those around through your commitment every single day,” he shared on Instagram. “I’m starting a new football journey and thankful for the @buccaneers for giving me an opportunity to do what I love to do.” Tom Brady Steps Out Smiling After Leaving New England Patriots to Sign with Tampa Bay Buccaneers On Tuesday’s call, Brady did not refute the report that he wanted to leave the Patriots. “I’m not responsible for how other people will say certain things,” he said. Referencing team owner Robert Kraft, he added, “I think Mr. Kraft has been a great influence in my life and I’m so grateful for the two decades, and, you know, I referenced that the other day, it’s been an amazing thing for my family.” Buccaneers Celebrate Signing Tom Brady as New Teammate Says ‘I’m About to Ball with My Fav NFL Player’ Brady told reporters, “When I’m done playing I’ll look back and have a chance to look back at my entire career, at the same time I’m excited for this opportunity that I have and I can only speak to how I feel.” Further, the athlete and father of three insisted that no one has “been a bigger fan of the Patriots than me,” and that there’s “a lot of great relationships that will be maintained.” Over the weekend, Kraft bought a full-page ad in Sunday’s Tampa Bay Times to express his appreciation for Brady’s time on the Boston team. “THANK YOU TOM,” the ad read, shared by ESPN reporter Mike Reiss on Twitter. “For 20 amazing years, you gave us everything you had. When you arrived as a sixth-round pick — and the best selection this franchise has ever made — no one imagined all you’d accomplish or how much you’d soon mean to an entire region. You now leave New England after two decades of dominance as the GOAT and forever a part of our family.” “Your passion for the game, competitiveness and constant pursuit of excellence resulted in an unprecedented six Super Bowl victories, nine conference championships and 17 division titles,” it continued. “You’re now recognized as the greatest of all time for what you’ve accomplished on the field, but you’re an even better person. Thank you, Tom, for your countless contributions to the New England Patriots, and we wish you and your beautiful family continued success. There will never be another Tom Brady.” Kraft ended his note by urging the Florida team to “take care” of the star quarterback.