New England Patriots' Brandon Bolden: Tom Brady could make a comeback
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New England Patriots running back Brandon Bolden wouldn't be surprised if Tom Brady made an NFL comeback. Last Tuesday, Brady announced his retirement from the NFL at the age of 44. Brady spent seven seasons with Brady in New England.
"I was -- I don't wanna say bummed out -- when he retired, but I was like, 'Dang,' because I wanted to see how far he could set the bar," Bolden told CBS Sports. "(But) I'd probably put the percentage of a comeback above 50, because you can just never rule out Tom Brady."
Bolden on Brady's successor in New England
The Patriots took Mac Jones in the first round of the 2021 NFL draft.
Jones had a good rookie season but it's hard to expect him to be the new Brady. "With Mac, I don't think he has a ceiling, and if he does, it's nowhere in sight," Bolden says. "He did very well this year. He exceeded a lot of expectations.
I told him, 'You're gonna be something special,' and I had never seen him throw the ball, because he was that prepared, learning the playbook. The only thing he was missing was experience." Also, Bolden paid tribute to his grandfather Frank Pitts, a former Super Bowl champipn.
"Without him, I don't think I'd be playing the game," Bolden said. "When I got to the Patriots, I was given 38, and I didn't make much of a fuss about it. But my grandfather wore 25, and he was recently diagnosed with dementia and CTE, and I never want him to remember me playing football and not seeing his number, so I invited him over after I switched, with my grandma and aunts and uncles, and we surprised him with a jersey.
It was folded up, but you could see the 25, and the first thing he says is: 'Why is my jersey red?'"