Pat Horgan on Tom Brady and what the GAA can learn from the NFL season

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“I’m getting a bit of heat off a few fellas, because I’m a Patriots fan but I’m following this fella!”

Last year, Patrick Horgan spoke about his passion for American Football, calling himself a New England Patriots and Tom Brady fan.

At the time, Brady’s future was uncertain. The quarterback has since joined the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, but he still has Horgan’s support.

The new Cork hurling captain is rooting for Brady in Sunday’s Super Bowl, when Tampa Bay will come up against the Kansas City Chiefs.

Patrick Horgan on Tom Brady.

Horgan was speaking at the launch of Sports Direct as the new sponsor for Cork GAA and was asked how he was passing the time during lockdown.

Following the NFL each week, and Brady’s exploits, have helped the hurler pass the time.

“I’m watching the NFL at the moment,” Horgan replied. “I can’t wait for it to be Sunday every week.”

“God, I haven’t even slept over this,” he said about Sunday’s showpiece event.

“God, I hope… I have to see him (Brady) winning it.

“Even the way his teammates talk about him, he’s obviously the ultimate teammate and I’ve been following him for a long time now.

“I’m getting a bit of heat off a few fellas because I’m a Patriots fan but I’m following this fella!

“I can’t wait for the match, it’s going to be a good one. But I think they (Tampa Bay) are going to do it.

“Brady is just a couple of steps ahead of everyone, all the time. I’m looking forward to it.”

PHOTO CAPTION – PATRICK HORGAN
FEBRUARY 4th, 2021: Cork GAA hurling captain, Patrick Horgan, pictured following the announcement of Sports Direct’s new five-year sponsorship deal with Cork GAA that will see Sports Direct support the men’s senior, Under 20 and Minor teams in both codes and provide a new personalised boot partnership for the senior panels. The new Cork GAA jersey was also launched today and celebrates the three core pillars of clubs, schools and county, that together, form the foundation of Cork GAA. The newly-launched jersey is now available exclusively through Sports Direct Ireland online https://ie.sportsdirect.com/, until stores across the country re-open.

GAA and NFL.

Regarding comparisons between the GAA and American Football, Horgan definitely has a preference for the NFL season which is shorter but jam-packed with games every weekend.

“As players, all we want to do is play,” Horgan stated.

“You look at the NFL season. They play 16 weeks in a row with one week break. I’d love that with hurling, that you could just play weekly. It’s probably a sport where we overtrain in.”

The Super Bowl between Brady’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Patrick Mahomes’ Kansas City Chiefs kicks off at 11.30 pm Irish time.

The game will be live on BBC One and Sky Sports NFL.

All details can be found here.

The Irish NFL Show will have comprehensive coverage of the big game all across the day.

Joining their ‘Super Sunday’ preview event are guests Scott Hanson, Dean Rock, Tommy Bowe, Jeff Reinebold, and many more.

Tune in on the Pundit Arena Facebook and Twitter pages from 4 to 8 pm.

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