Tom Brady handshake tracker: An investigation into the Bucs QB’s postgame handshakes and snubs

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Tom Brady handshake tracker: An investigation into the Bucs QB’s postgame handshakes and snubs

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There’s a quarterback controversy brewing in Tampa Bay.

Tom Brady has made an unusual habit that has enchanted the NFL world once again: his postgame handshakes. After snubbing Nick Foles in a loss to the Bears early in the season, Brady’s handshake has become a topic of national conversation, because we have nothing better to talk about this year.

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So in a Sunday afternoon matchup between the Buccaneers and Chiefs, all eyes were on the arms (and hands) of Brady and Patrick Mahomes. After a close 27-24 Chiefs win, a handshake and chest tap were exchanged between the quarterbacks, a show of good sportsmanship. It wasn’t the full-on bro hug treatment that Brady gives other QBs he’s friendly with, but it was certainly more than the handslap he gave Derek Carr earlier in the year.

While Brady garnered criticism for snubbing both Foles and Jared Goff this season, there are other instances when it’s strictly unknown — at least to our eyes — whether Brady shook hands with the opposing quarterback. Controversy!

Sporting News dug deep through the annals of the 2020 NFL game archives (and Zapruder films) to see which quarterbacks Brady exchanged postgame pleasantries with this season.

Tom Brady handshakes in 2020

Quarterback Did the Bucs win? Handshake? Drew Brees, Saints No. Yes, and bro hug. Teddy Bridgewater, Panthers Yes. Unknown. Jeff Driskel/Brett Rypien, Broncos Yes. Unknown, but was seen with Jake Butt postgame. Justin Herbert, Chargers Yes. Yes, no bro hug. Nick Foles, Bears No. No. Aaron Rodgers, Packers Yes. Yes, and bro hug. Derek Carr, Raiders Yes. Yes. Daniel Jones, Giants Yes. Unknown. Drew Brees, Saints No. Yes, and bro hug. Teddy Bridgewater, Panthers. Yes. Unknown. Jared Goff, Rams No. No. Patrick Mahomes, Chiefs No. Yes.

Notes:

— NFL broadcasts don’t have Brady interacting with Bridgewater postgame, but he did meet with other Panthers players. The Buccaneers’ Instagram did share a photo of Brady and Bridgewater shaking hands, but it’s unknown when the picture was snapped.

— Brady sought out Herbert to give him a handshake.

— Jared Goff was left hanging after the Rams’ victory. Brady and the Patriots beat Goff and the Rams in Super Bowl 53.

— Nick Foles looked like a lost kid in a supermarket looking for someone to handshake.

— Rodgers and Brees had nice conversations with Brady postgame.

— Brady did shake Jones’ hand last season, when he was still a member of the Patriots.