FOXBOROUGH — Super Bowl MVP Tom Brady took to the practice fields behind Gillette Stadium Thursday shortly after 9 a.m. Fans feted him, cheering and chanting, “Bra-dy! Bra-dy!” He waved to his supporters.
“We love you Tom!” a single fan yelled when the din died down.
Brady, who has been suspended four games for his role in Deflategate, stretched on the sideline and wore his red practice jersey for the Patriots’ opening training camp session. He took snaps under center, handing the ball off on his first repetition. Reserve quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo ran drills on the opposite side of the field as coach Bill Belichick looked on.
“Right now, we’re preparing for today,” Belichick said. “I’m not thinking about a month from now, a year from now, six months from now…I don’t dream about something in the future.”
Prior to practice, Belichick declined to comment on Brady’s role or his ban. He maintained that his team was no different than any other in the NFL at this point.
“We’re all in the same boat,” Belichick said.