On today's Pardon My Take… RYAN FITZPATRICK! The quarterback who went to Harvard joined Mr. Cat and Mr. Commenter on today's show to discuss the end of his playing career, transitioning into the media world, the importance of a cohesive locker room, and much more.
Fitzpatrick also spent a good chunk of his NFL career in the AFC East. He was once a member of the Bills, Jets, and Dolphins, which obviously put him in a lot of battles against Tom Brady. Fitzpatrick talked about his interactions with Brady from his playing days, which included some interesting words about the GOAT:
Mr. Commenter: So you probably went through a couple of times in the last year and a half or so when people are trying to figure out like, "Are you the motherfucker that Tom Brady was talking about?" When he said, "You're keeping this motherfucker," it turns out you've been vindicated, I think? I don't think you were the motherfucker, I think it was Carr.
Ryan Fitzpatrick: Nooo, it had to be me.
Mr. Commenter: You think it was you?
Ryan Fitzpatrick: Yeah.
Mr. Cat: I feel like Brady respects you.
Ryan Fitzpatrick: No, zero respect. He'll never shake my hand.
Mr. Cat: Really? Wait, he wouldn't shake your hand?
Ryan Fitzpatrick: Well, the first time… it just, I mean, I've told this story before, but he just pisses me off, because you're in Buffalo, you're playing New England, they're kicking our ass every single year, they're beating us. And we finally, in 2011, knocked them off, it was right at the beginning of the season, we had this, like, great start, and he threw five interceptions in the game, which was just wonderful to see every single one of them. It was, like, wonderful to see, and runs straight off, like, no handshake, no, you know, quarterback, middle of the field, "Where are the cameras? Okay, stay healthy, buddy, you know, pat me on the head and let me go." Just ran straight off, so it just, it bothered me so much because there was no respect there.
Ryan Fitzpatrick: And so it was like every time I played him after that, I was like, "Alright, like, I at least like, let's make this dude respect me." Ended up in New York with the Jets and with Miami beating him, both, you know, the last one was especially sweet because it was the "Tank For Tua" year. It was, you know, start out 0-7, "Is this the worst football team of all-time?" They beat us by 40 something points at the beginning of the season. They needed to beat us to get home field advantage. And it was his last regular season game as a Patriot. And we go and we score at the end of the game and beat them, you know, and then Kansas City gets home field and they win the Super Bowl that year.
Mr. Cat: Did he shake your hand after that one?
Ryan Fitzpatrick: Yeah, I think so.
Mr. Cat: So, you earned your respect, you finally got it.
Ryan Fitzpatrick: I probably initiated it, yes.
Mr. Cat: You finally got it.
Mr. Commenter: You were pumped because you won, you sprinted right over to him. But I think on the last reading of it, seems like they were talking about Derek Carr, because he was going to go to the Raiders.
Ryan Fitzpatrick: Regardless, I'm making shirts that say, "I am that motherfucker."
Mr. Commenter: Yeah, I don't want to take… If you believe that you're the motherfucker, I think that you are the motherfucker.
Mr. Cat: For Prime, you'll be ready to go, you just have a chip on your shoulder.
You have to respect these honest words from Ryan Fitzpatrick. He speaks the truth and will be a great analyst to watch on the Amazon Prime Thursday Night Pregame show. His first appearance takes place tomorrow night, when the Chargers take on the Chiefs. Check out the behind the scenes of the creation of the new #TNFOnPrime theme below: