Did Tom Brady snub a post-Super Bowl handshake with Nick Foles?

The Boston Globe's Kev Cullen joined Joe to reflect on a superb match

BY Raf Diallo 21:00 Monday 5 February 2018, 21:00 5 Feb 2018

In the end, it was enthralling, entertaining and tense in equal measure. And ultimately, it was Philadelphia Eagles who ended their long wait to win the Super Bowl.

Previously unheralded quarter-back Nick Foles proved one of the main the decisive factors in the NFL showpiece along with a sack of New England Patriots' legendary quarter-back Tom Brady by Eagles' defensive end Brandon Graham at a crucial juncture.

But one of the moments some post-match reports focused on was whether Brady did or didn't snub a traditional post-game handshake with opposite number Foles. 

Certainly from the TV coverage it wasn't entirely clear. 

Kevin Cullen of The Boston Globe joined Joe to pick apart as exciting a Super Bowl as we've seen in living memory and he touched on that non-handshake moment.

 

January 29, 2018 - Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S - New England Patriots quarterback TOM BRADY, left, greets Philadelphia Eagles quarterback NICK FOLES at Super Bowl LII Opening Night at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minnesota. (Credit Image: � Craig Lassig via ZUMA Wire)

"I'm not absolutely sure but I said to my buddy Rosey when I was watching, I said, 'It just looks like Brady ran off the field'. I know for a fact that I didn't see [a handshake] on television," he said.

"I saw [Patriots coach] Bill Belichick go over to what looked like a scrum to get to [Eagles coach] Doug Pederson and they embraced and they actually hugged each other for what seemed like quite a while and they spoke to each other.

"But the image I saw of Brady was him running off the field and I certainly didn't see a televised image of him congratulating Foles and which is in some respects I think is bad form. But I also think it shows how upset Brady was.

"And his press conference he was his usual self. He was obviously dejected but he was pretty classy and he said all the right things about the Eagles, although I don't know, I don't recall hearing, I didn't hear his full [press conference] but I didn't hear some fulsome praise for Foles but maybe I just missed that." 

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