Tom Brady Faces St. Louis Boos in Fox Broadcasting Debut (UFL Championship)

Tom Brady Faces St. Louis Boos in Fox Broadcasting Debut (UFL Championship)
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Sev­en-time Super Bowl cham­pi­on Tom Brady’s debut as a broad­cast­er for Fox Sports was­n’t exact­ly smooth sail­ing. Brady, cov­er­ing the Unit­ed Foot­ball League (UFL) Cham­pi­onship game in St. Louis, was met with a bar­rage of boos from the crowd.

The ani­mos­i­ty like­ly stemmed from the unfor­get­table Super Bowl XXXVI in 2002, where a young Brady (then 24) led his New Eng­land Patri­ots to a shock­ing upset against the heav­i­ly favored St. Louis Rams, dubbed “The Great­est Show on Turf.” 

Adding fuel to the fire was Brady’s pre-game con­ver­sa­tion with for­mer Rams quar­ter­back Kurt Warn­er, who hint­ed at lin­ger­ing doubts about the Patri­ots’ win due to the infa­mous Spy­gate scandal.

Unfold­ing in 2007, Spy­gate exposed the Patri­ots’ ille­gal video­tap­ing of oppos­ing teams’ coach­es’ sig­nals. While not entire­ly out­lawed, the act vio­lat­ed league rules and result­ed in dis­ci­pli­nary action.

This con­tro­ver­sy, cou­pled with Brady’s Super Bowl XXXVI vic­to­ry, appears to have cement­ed a strong dis­like for Brady amongst St. Louis fans, a sen­ti­ment they read­i­ly expressed dur­ing his broad­cast­ing debut.

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