During an appearance Wednesday on FS1’s “First Things First,” former NFL receiver James Jones disagreed with former Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger’s assessment that Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady “didn’t look like he wanted to be out there” during the Bucs’ loss Sunday to the Steelers.
Roethlisberger added during his “Footbahlin” podcast that he remembered saying of Brady that “there’s no way he’s enjoying this – no way.”
“I wish I was sitting there watching the game with Big Ben because I would’ve said, ‘Big Ben, shut up!’” Jones said on “First Things First.” “Because if there’s anything we know about Tom Brady, Tom Brady’s gonna give you everything he’s got. If he didn’t care, he wouldn’t be yelling at his linemen, dropping all those F-bombs and all of that. And for Big Ben to say that – you are the king of looking like you don’t care out there.
“Every time you get hit – every time something goes bad – your body language is the worst out there. I’ve seen it with my own two eyes on the same field competing against you. For him to say this about Tom Brady knowing that … it ain’t about the passion that Tom Brady plays with. So for Big Ben to say that, that’s crazy.”
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Jones – who currently works as an analyst for NFL Network – played in the NFL from 2007-2015 for the Green Bay Packers and Oakland Raiders. He was a member of the Packers team that defeated Roethlisberger and the Steelers in Super Bowl XLV.