Brady, in his first public appearance since his suspension, made a passionate plea for unity, saying he hoped to be reinstated by the NFL by the time the Super Bowl kicks off on Feb. 3.
“The thing that I feel like we need to do right now is make sure that we can get to this point that we have a unity and a respect for each other that has never been seen in football,” Brady said.
“So, we’re not going to let this moment go by without a fight.”
“This is the right thing to do,” Brady continued.
“We have to fight together.”
Brady has spent the past week preparing for his first game since his four-game suspension was announced last month.
Brady said he has been working with his legal team to reach an agreement with the NFL, and said the team has “a good chance” of getting the quarterback reinstated.
Brady had a strong performance in his second game back, but his performance against the Cardinals was particularly poor.
The former All-Pro quarterback finished the game with one completion, one interception, and an interception return for a touchdown.
The Cardinals converted all five of Brady’s first-half possessions into touchdowns.
“I was not playing well,” Brady told reporters.
“I think that we all know that.
I was just trying to be aggressive.
I’m going to do everything I can to make sure we have that kind of opportunity and win this game.”
Brandom said he hoped Brady would have a positive outlook on the upcoming season.
“He’s a leader,” said Brandom, a former NFL quarterback.
“He has that positive energy that comes with his character and he’s got that toughness.
We all know we need that and we all need that for this team.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.