Daniel Jones Remembers 'Heartbreaking' First Experience Watching Tom Brady

Alex Greenberg
October 10, 2019 - 2:25 pm
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Daniel Jones is trying to make a name for himself in the NFL, Tom Brady did that a long time ago.

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Jones and Brady will meet for the first time on Thursday night as the Giants are in Foxborough to take on a New England team that is trying to defend its title. The Patriots and their six-time Super Bowl winning quarterback are understandably heavy favorites.

Jones was just a kid when Brady was establishing himself as a star of the league, but he can still remember his first time watching the most successful QB of all time. The rookie spoke to ESPN’s Jordan Ranaan about being a Panthers fan watching his favorite team lose to Brady in Super Bowl 38.

“I remember where I watched it. Went to a friend's house. The Dickens' house. A family friend,” Jones said. “Obviously it was heartbreaking when (Adam) Vinatieri made that field goal.”

New England won that, their second Super Bowl, on February 1, 2004. Vinatieri’s late field goal gave them the win just as it had when Brady and company won their first title two years earlier. A second Super Bowl championship for the Patriots helped turn them from one-hit wonders to a full-blown dynasty, one which is still alive today nearly 15 years later.

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Brady was a young man back then, and a lot has changed since, including the man behind center for the Giants. He's no longer just a young kid from North Carolina. 

Jones replaced Eli Manning as the starting QB this season. Manning, of course, has been one of the few players who has been able to get the better of Brady in the biggest game of them all.

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Jones, who is 20 years younger than Brady, also spoke about growing up and watching Brady’s career.

“Grew up watching him. Obviously, he's won a lot, achieved a lot in his career. So a lot of respect for that. Yeah, he's been doing it for a while.”

Since impressing against the Buccaneers in his first start as a professional, Jones has cooled off a little bit. It’s a tough ask for the 2-3 Giants to go into Gillette Stadium and get a victory, especially during a short week.