Kyle Van Noy has become a key member of the Patriots defense since joining the team in a midseason trade back in 2016.
On Wednesday he told a funny story about the first day he spent with the team and how he ran into Tom Brady in the bathroom and called him an idiot.
“It was actually funny,” Van Noy said Wednesday in a news conference at Gillette Stadium. “I was super tired that day because I flew in super late from Detroit coming in. So I think I got in at 1 that night, and I got (to Gillette) at about 5:30 in the morning. Time had went on, I had some meetings, but then it was right before the team meeting, and I had to run to go to the restroom because I was in meetings for so long.
“I’m washing my hands or whatever, and I get done, and Tom comes up and kind of shakes my hand like, ‘Hi, I’m Tom Brady.’ And I’m like, ‘You’re an idiot. Of course.’
“But those little things are why he’s where he’s at. Those little things that people don’t pay attention to, those detailed things, that just separates him. He’s very good at what he does, he’s very detailed, and that’s what makes him Tom.”
That sure sounds like something Brady would do, as many players, including James Harrison, have talked about how he treats everybody the same.
And you could see in this postgame locker room video from Sunday just how much the guys love him and how much he loves them.
Even if they yell at him like Julian Edelman did last Sunday:
“That’s what makes him Tom.”