James Harrison admitted he initially wanted to “hate” Tom Brady when he signed with the Patriots in 2017. But after the two spent a full season together, he called the 41-year-old quarterback the “ultimate teammate.”
“Believe me, I wanted to hate this dude with a passion,” Harrison said earlier this week during an appearance on FS1’s “Undisputed” (via boston.com). “I get there and I’m like, ‘Dude, he’s the ultimate teammate.'”
Harrison, who was released by the Steelers last season, went on to praise Brady’s leadership and gave an example of a time the quarterback led by example during one of the team’s workouts in the snow.
“I’m up there, and it was [during] the snowstorm they had. It was [a] crazy, crazy blizzard,” Harrison said. “Cats are like, ‘Man, we really got to go outside?’ Tom goes, ‘Hey, stop complaining. Let’s go.’ He takes off out there with just the little sleeves and all that for practice, like it was nothing.
“Hey man, he’s the truth. I’m not going to lie.”
Harrison revealed he even told Brady his initial doubts before the two grew to know each other as teammates.
“He was … just sitting on the thing getting taped,” Harrison said. “I finally was like, ‘You know I wanted to hate you when I got here?’ He just started laughing.”
The Patriots finished the regular season with a 11-5 record as they clinched their 10th AFC East title. New England will travel to Kansas City to face the Chiefs in the conference championship game at Arrowhead, with the winner advancing to the Super Bowl.