Sport: Buccaneers QB Tom Brady yelling more during practices ahead of Patriots game?

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Unless you've gone out of the way to avoid stories on the subject, you're probably aware Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady is returning to Gillette Stadium Sunday night to face the New England Patriots for the first time since Brady officially took his talents and six Super Bowl rings he won with the Patriots to Tampa Bay in March 2020.

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Most involved aren't pretending this Week 4 showdown is just a normal football game, as Brady admitted Thursday his friends still with the Patriots "know I want to kick their butt this week." The 44-year-old may have also done some extra talking during practices this week.

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As Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk noted, Brady's voice was "raspy and hoarse" while speaking with reporters Thursday.

"Yeah, that was loud today," Brady said about attempting to yell over the noise that was generated in practice to simulate playing in a tough road atmosphere. "I’ve had a few of these days, I don’t know what the deal is, so I’ve got to try to figure this out. I said my throat’s more tired than my arm. Imagine that."

Brady and head coach Bruce Arians have often been the harshest critics of Buccaneers players in practices since the summer months. Following one August session, Arians said he'd witnessed "probably the worst offensive practice we've had in three years."

Whatever the reason for Brady's voice, one can't blame the GOAT for possibly feeling a little extra hyped ahead of this weekend, one unlike any he's experienced during his legendary career.

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