When the New England Patriots and Denver Broncos faced each other toward the end of the 2011 season, reporters couldn’t wait to capture the postgame handshake between Tom Brady and Tim Tebow. Brady and Tebow are two of the most popular players in football, and Tebow had been defying the odds at that point by leading the Broncos on a playoff run.
The Patriots defeated Denver 41-23, and the two quarterbacks were very friendly with one another after the game. Brady told Tebow that he’s having a great year and that “good things happen to good people,” but they also touched on the subject of Aaron Hernandez.
“I’m trying to watch over Aaron (Hernandez) and Brandon (Spikes) but…,” Brady said to Tebow before the two went their separate ways.
“They’re good guys, man,” Tebow replied.
“They’re a lot to handle,” Brady said.
Did Brady envision Hernandez would one day get himself mixed up with a murder investigation? Of course not. Could he simply have been joking with Tebow about two of his former Florida teammates? That’s probably all there was to it, but the current circumstances make the comment mean a bit more.
Patriots owner Robert Kraft recently said Hernandez was nothing but respectful and that he fooled everyone in the organization. Does the fact that he was “a lot to handle” mean Brady was less fooled than Kraft? Nah, it’s probably just a coincidence.