FOXBORO, Mass. (WPRI) — Excitement spread like wildfire across Patriot Nation Thursday morning after it was announced Tom Brady won’t have to serve a four-game suspension.
Brady will start the season against the Pittsburgh Steelers next Thursday after a judge ruled in favor of his appeal, saying NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell acted improperly when he suspended the reigning Super Bowl MVP over the so-called “Deflategate” controversy.
Many fans took to social media to celebrate the punishment being overturned, while others expressed their excitement in a different way.
“One of our coworkers had told us that Tom was free, so I screamed, and I think a couple of the patients came out of their rooms and were excited to hear the news,” said Melissa Colwell of Worcester. “It was fun. It’s a good atmosphere right now.”
The mood could only be described as ecstatic outside of Gillette Stadium, ahead of their final preseason game against the New York Giants.
“Jubilation. It was great. It was like get the monkey off your back, let’s do it again,” said Stan Leniewicz of Walpole. “UNH is doing a course on Deflategate, can you believe that? And the question all the kids are asking is ‘who cares how much air’s in the football?’ I don’t really care. Let them put as much or as little as they want. It’s great news!”
The battle between Brady and Goodell dragged on for nearly eight months, and fans were pulled along for the ride.
“My son texted me at 11:30 this morning. He said he’s vindicated, it’s over,” said Philip Rowe of Chicopee. “Goodell dug himself a hole and then lost the shovel.”
The NFL has said they will appeal Thursday’s decision, but fans are just happy that Brady will get to play next week.
“I can’t wait to see Brady week one,” said Ricky Lopez of New York. “I’ve got the chills already. I’m nervous. It’s my first time here.”
“I’m hoping we see similar to what we saw in ’07,” added Andy Ellis of Medford. “They came out of the gate, there was just no mercy going to happen. They came out and they won 18. I’d like to see 19.”
Brady didn’t play in the game against the Giants, who came out on top 12-9.