Tom Brady addresses return to New England: 'Not a time to reminisce'

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady knows that most of the talk surrounding this Sunday night's game against the New England Patriots will revolve around him playing there for the first time since leaving in free agency after 20 years with the franchise.

Brady guided the Patriots to six Super Bowl titles and said he has fond memories of his time there, but this week is to be treated as a business trip.

"I'm not going to necessarily reminisce," Brady said on the "Let's Go!" podcast. "I don't think this is the moment for that. I'll have plenty opportunities to reminisce about my football career -- none of it, none of which I really care to do right now because I'm so much in the moment. I'm not going to be thinking about 20 years of history. I'm going to be thinking about one night of football, a Sunday night game coming off a really tough loss."

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In this Jan. 21, 2018, file photo, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, left, hugs coach Bill Belichick after the AFC championship NFL football game against the Jacksonville Jaguars, in Foxborough, Mass. Brady is an NFL free agent for the first time in his career.
In this Jan. 21, 2018, file photo, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, left, hugs coach Bill Belichick after the AFC championship NFL football game against the Jacksonville Jaguars, in Foxborough, Mass. Brady is an NFL free agent for the first time in his career.

Although there has been speculation about the relationship between Brady and Patriots head coach Bill Belichick, the three-time NFL MVP insists he respects him.

"Well I have 20 years -- I have 20 years of being there and obviously he's a great mentor for me," Brady said about Belichick. "And yes I think there's definitely great lessons I've learned from him. He's a great football coach, and he does a great job for his team."

Brady and the Bucs are looking to get back to their winning ways after a 34-24 defeat to the Los Angeles Rams, while the Patriots have lost two of their first three games.

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Tom Brady on return to New England: 'Not a time to reminisce'