Tom Brady gives pure Michigan-Ohio State rivalry answer when asked about Justin Fields

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Tom Brady has never had an Ohio State quarterback start across from him in the pros.

Until Sunday.

Justin Fields, the No. 11 pick in this year's NFL draft, will become the first Buckeyes quarterback to start against the former Michigan football standout, when the Chicago Bears (3-3) visit the defending Super Bowl champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers (5-1).

Fields of course led the Buckeyes to great success in his two years, including an appearance in the 2021 national championship game against Alabama.

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Brady, a seven-time Super Bowl champ, was asked about his first start opposing an Ohio State quarterback Thursday at his Buccaneers news conference:

Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady celebrates during the fourth quarter of the 31-9 win against the Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl LV at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla. on Feb. 7, 2021.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady celebrates during the fourth quarter of the 31-9 win against the Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl LV at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla. on Feb. 7, 2021.

"I'm not gonna say anything too inflammatory about Ohio State. ... I'll have my time when we play Ohio State. This is Michigan State week, so those are the guys that I can kinda go after. That's interesting. Why is there not a lot of Ohio State quarterbacks in the pros? Lot of Michigan guys over here. Not a lot of Ohio State guys."

(Actually Tom, this is Northwestern week. Who's looking ahead to Michigan State next week?)

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Brady, of course, has been in the NFL since 2000, when he was drafted in the sixth round, 199th overall, by the New England Patriots, after leading the Wolverines to an Orange Bowl overtime victory over Alabama as a senior.

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This spring, the Bears traded up nine spots with the New York Giants for the right to select Fields as their new franchise quarterback, four picks after the Detroit Lions passed on him to take offensive tackle Penei Sewell.

Chicago Bears quarterback Justin Fields.
Chicago Bears quarterback Justin Fields.

The Bears beat the Lions, 24-14, in Week 4, with Fields making his second career start and throwing for 209 yards at 19 yards per completion on 11 of 17 passing with an interception.

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This article originally appeared on Detroit Free Press: Tom Brady will start vs. Ohio State QB for first time in NFL